FMS students present mystery play

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Maggie Buchanan and Dylan Harter, who portray Edward and Blanche Fairfax, rehearse a scene from Fayetteville Middle School’s upcoming production of “Mystery at Shady Acres”.

Maggie Buchanan and Dylan Harter, who portray Edward and Blanche Fairfax, rehearse a scene from Fayetteville Middle School’s upcoming production of “Mystery at Shady Acres”.

Fayetteville Middle School proudly presents “Mystery at Shady Acres or Carats and Crumpets” by Michelle R. Davis.

The production will be on May 5 and 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fayetteville Middle School gymnasium with productions for local schools on May 9.

For more information, you may call FMS at 438-2533.

The audience’s help is needed to solve the baffling theft at Shady Acres, a cozy hotel tucked away in the remote English countryside in the late 1920s. The hotel staff is frantically preparing for the arrival of their most prestigious guests ever — the wealthy and famous Fairfaxes from America.

Everything seems to be going awry as the hotel is turned topsy-turvy with zany activity. Finally, hotel manager Mr. Clifford manages to usher the English Tea Garden tour group out of the lobby early and to straighten out the confusion between the Fairfaxes and the Brighthams, another pair of wealthy guests. Just when he thinks everything is going smoothly, Mrs. Fairfax’s valuable diamond necklace is stolen!

Who could it be? And, who is the mysterious man lurking about who signed the hotel register as Mr. X? The police discover that practically everyone at the hotel has a motive. Having a flamboyant but ineffective detective and his assistant arrive on the scene competing to solve the case first only makes matters worse. Good thing the audience is there to help point out the clues and analyze characters’ motivations.

This light-hearted “whodunit” has enough twists and turns to make Agatha Christie smile!

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