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Davidson to stage mystery about a musical Nov. 8-9

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The cast of Hilliard Davidson High School's The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 includes (from left) Connor Attrell, Abbey Bumbledare, Danny Kuder, Emily Prior, Aidan Byrne, Carlie Meyers, Nick Slaughter and Mary Curtis.

Hilliard Davidson High School will present The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Nov. 8 and 9.

"It's ridiculously fun," said director Trace Crawford, who will guide the production for the third time.

Davidson staged the show in 2005, and Crawford first directed it at another school before he began teaching performing arts at Davidson.

"It's my third time doing and it still makes me laugh," said Crawford, who described the plot as convoluted and satirical.

The play is set in 1940 at a mansion in Chappaqua, N.Y., where a group of people is gathered to audition for a musical.

"There are multiple murders and multiple suspects ... no one is who they first seem to be," Crawford said. "It can get convoluted (and) requires paying attention."

The production also includes musical compositions by Crawford and senior Connor Attrell.

Crawford composed the music for an audition song that is part of the plot, and Attrell composed the music for Everyone Can Do It Better, a satirical song about constituents complaining to legislators in Washington.

The production has a cast of 10 students: Attrell and fellow seniors Abbey Bumbledare, Mary Curtis, Emily Prior; juniors Sarina Hyland, Danny Kuder, Carlie Meyers, Nick Slaughter and Alexei Vallo; and freshman Aidan Byrne.

More than two dozen students, led by technical director Eric Pressler, will assist with the presentation of the show.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at Davidson High School's performing arts center, 5100 Davidson Road.

Tickets are $5 at the door.