Published: 24.11.2022 16:33:39
Modified: 11/24/2022 04:33:29 PM
BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Theater Program is back with a new play that staff and students expect will keep attendees on their toes.
The play, titled “Murder Axe”, will be screened Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 pm at the Mohawk Trail Hall.
The storyline of the play takes place in a theater where the actors have to solve a mystery after a police sergeant shows up and claims to have been called in about a murder. The actors take it upon themselves to find the culprit.
“This murder mystery is thrilling and exciting,” said Eva Hasson-Stockhamer, Mohawk Trail Performing Arts Director. The show is suitable for all ages.
Hasson-Stockhamer is excited to be back working with students for her second Mohawk Trail show, having been hired before a musical last school year. Having one play in the fall and a musical in the spring provides a solid foundation to work on, Hasson-Stockhamer says. Since there hasn’t been an active theater program on the Mohawk Trail since the pandemic hit, she had to develop the program from almost scratch.
“The show was well received in the spring, so we decided to do two shows this year,” she said.
“Miss Eva has a vision to try and bring the music program back to what it was,” commented the younger Mohamed Abdelgawad, the play’s actor. “Everything is going well. Compared to last year, we have a lot more people signed up.”
The play “Murder’s Ax” features 15 students and five members of the film crew create a minimal set as the action takes place in the theatre.
Students in grades 7 through 12 were invited to take part in the show, which has included practice two days a week after school since September.
Asked what the theater program at the Mohawk Trail brings to students’ lives, Hasson-Stockhamer explained that it teaches them about teamwork, creativity, public speaking and memory, and showcases the actors’ business skills as they sell tickets and advertise.
Abdelgawad said he’s excited to see more art coming back to the Mohawk Trail.
“Studying art in high school is so great,” said Abdelgawad. “You can develop so many skills.”
Hasson-Stockhamer has hinted that the “Murder Ax” performances will include a special cameo appearance that the Mohawk Trail community won’t want to miss.
“It will be a wild surprise,” Abdelgavad said.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets, as well as advertising space for shows, can be purchased at bit.ly/3txNpZ9.
Bella Levavi can be contacted at 413-930-4579 or [email protected]