Ithaca High School to Produce "A Killer Party," its First-Ever Virtual Musical
Check out the new teaser trailer for the IHS Spring Musical, "A Killer Party!"
The Ithaca High School Drama Club is pleased to announce its production of the brand new, virtual show, A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical. The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, filming, audio recording in the form of an 80-minute feature film.
A Killer Party will stream online on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m.
Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household only needs one ticket if you’re watching together! There are three streaming days and times available, so ensure you buy a ticket for the day and time you want to watch. If you or your family have questions or concerns about tickets, please email the director at email@example.com.
When Varthur McArthur, the artistic director of a failing theater in Duluth, invites his troupe of disgruntled actors and collaborators to the first read of an "immersive murder mystery dinner party," no one knew that he would be the victim. Or did they? Enter the eager, determined, and untested Detective Case. After sequestering the guests into separate rooms (because, you know, social-distancing), she gets down to finding out whodunnit, uncovering secret affairs, life-long grudges, backstage drama, and a lot of musical theater song and dance. Sifting through lies and red herrings and a truly baffling murder mystery script left by the deceased, Case vows to find the truth and secure her future as a great detective.
Ithaca High School’s production of A Killer Party features several unique qualities, including:
Over 1,000 individual clips edited together
20 unique musical numbers
Closed captioning on all musical numbers
Pit orchestra overture and entr'acte
VARTHUR MCARTHUR.....ANDREW KAISER
JUSTINE CASE.....NINA BERRY-LOFTHOUSE
SHEA CRESCENDO.....DEVIN COYNE
CLARKE STAPLES.....ZEKE LAWRENCE
GEORGE MURDERER.....LUNA KING-O’BRIEN
LILY WRIGHT.....EMMA LOIACONO
VIVIKA ORSONWELLES.....DANI COPELAND
CAMERON MITCHELLJOHN.....DOVE WILLIAMS
JOAN MCARTHUR.....MAGGIE SCHNEIDER
DETECTIVE CASE.....ANNEKE WITTINK
JEREMY JORDAN......EMMA POLLOCK
ENSEMBLE.....CAITLIN STRONG, ANNALEE PRATT
ALLISON STUP.....SENIOR STAGE MANAGER
LUCAS WEST.....VIDEO EDITOR
WILLIAM SHANTON.....AUDIO TECHNICIAN
RAIA GUTMAN, OLIVIA MAXSON.....COSTUME DESIGN
MARGARET BOSSANAR, MIKA GAZIT, ANDREW MCCKRACKEN.....TECH CREW
Zoe Galgoczy, Kate Keresztes, Hope Machlin, Rosemary Mead, Edward Myers, Claire Russell, Nora Wing
MARGAUX DEVERIN is the Dramatic Director of A Killer Party, and is very excited for you to see all the hard work we’ve put into this show! She has directed several productions in the Ithaca area, such as Mary Poppins at Hangar Theatre and Into the Woods at Boynton Middle School. She is a graduate of New York University with a Masters in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities. Margaux has taught at Ithaca High School for three years as a 10th and 12th grade English teacher. www.margauxdeverin.com
JONATHAN FLEISCHMAN is proud to be the Music Director for A Killer Party! He has served as assistant director and music director for several shows with Liverpool Central Schools, and has been featured in productions by Rarely Done Productions and the Central New York Playhouse. Jonathan is a graduate of Ithaca College and will complete masters studies at the Eastman School of Music this August. He has been the orchestra director at Ithaca High School since January 2020.
GABRIELLA DA SILVA CARR is a proud queer latinx interdisciplinary theatrical artist! She is serving as the vocal coach for A Killer Party. Gabriella is currently artistic associate at a local theater company, Civic Ensemble, as well as co-facilitator for the ReEntry Theatre Program. Gabriella studied theater with a focus on musical theater directing and vocal coaching at Ithaca College. Gabriella made her off-Broadway directing and playwriting debut in 2016 at the Hudson Guild Theater with Gaybraham Lincoln the musical. Gabriella’s directing, vocal coaching, and producing work has been seen off-Broadway, Cornell University, Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca College, and the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Gabriella also runs a private voice and acting studio for young people. For inquiries please visit www.gcarr.carbonmade.com.
MIRANDA BIANCHI is excited to be assistant directing A Killer Party. She has worked with several local theatre companies and schools, including overseeing the Hangar Theatre Company’s Next Generation School of Theatre and teaching at the Redhouse Arts Center, Auburn Public Theatre, Acting Out New York, and CSMA. Their work focuses on Shakespeare for young actors, freeing the natural voice, and devising within an ensemble. Miranda has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre and with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., and is currently pursuing her MSW at SUNY Binghamton with the goal of creating therapeutic theatrical experiences.
Special thanks to:
Stephen Brookhouse, Technical Director
Paul Acosta, Audio/Visual Producer
Daphne Shululu, Director of Fine and Performing Arts
Jaqueline Richardson, Casting Committee Member
Gladira Velazquez Simms, Casting Committee Member
Neha Merolia, Casting Committee Member
The Fine Arts Booster Group
Family and friends of the cast and crew for their immense flexibility and support