By Samantha Connelly.

The 2022-2023 shows for the theatre department were announced on May 25.

At the yearly theatre banquet, directors Kyle Martin and Rob Taylor announced the shows for next school year. In the fall Martin will be directing the show, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” which is a murder mystery set in Chappaqua, New York in 1940. This play is about a theater creative team that gathers at a financier’s mansion to audition actors for the team’s newest musical, but with the fear of the newest killer (the Stage Door Slasher) an undercover police officer, Michael Kelly, attempts to use this group of people to stop and identify such killer. The cast is smaller than previous years and will only have 10 actors, and is only open for those enrolled in a theatre class. Featuring blizzard conditions, secret passageways, and some musical snippets this play is a whodunnit slap-stick dark comedy show. The performances will be on Oct. 27, 28, and 29.

Taylor announced he will be directing ”The SpongeBob Musical”. Adapted from the Nickelodeon show, the musical begins in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom after being  abruptly interrupted by a nearby volcano that will erupt within the next 48 hours. SpongeBob, trying to prove to himself that he’s not “just a simple sponge,” is determined to save the day after his peers have given up hope. This family-friendly show communicates a fun and witty allegory of the struggles with identity, crisis, and community through an eccentric score. SpongeBob will include hip-hop and tap style dancing, crazy cartoon costumes, and a colorful entertaining set design. Auditioning is open to everyone school-wide and will require a big ensemble. The performances will be Feb. 2, 3, 4.