Conway Springs High School play is Friday and Saturday

Conway Springs High School students rehearse a scene from “A Murder of Scarecrows,” which will be staged this weekend.

By Michelle Leidy-Franklin

This year’s high school play will be a Halloween murder mystery with a side of comedy, called “A Murder of Scarecrows.”

Production manager Tamara Salisbury and director Kacy Chamberlain chose this play because the playwright, Pat Cook, was the same playwright for last year’s story “The Legend of Robin Hood… Sort Of.”

“We liked the idea of a Halloween play, and it seemed to have some fun one-liners,” said Salisbury.

Set in the 1980s, costumes will have some pop culture flair; think Marty McFly and Madonna.

“It was fun to make it set in the 80s,” said Salisbury.

“A Murder of Scarecrows” is about Gerald and Christine Dandridge, who decide to host their annual Halloween party at their country home with a haunted secret. Legend has it the scarecrow in the front garden murdered the last occupants. The group gathers for games and pranks, but when the scarecrow disappears, the friends wonder if someone else has joined the fun.

Expect to see Benjamin Doffing and Makenzie Curry in the roles of Gerald and Cristine Dandridge, along with Caden Runnalls as Anthony Murray and Amy Zoglmann as Lydia Murray.

“It seems like the kids are making the characters their own and putting some of their own personality in. The audiovisual lead, senior Courtnee Widsdom, has worked hard to get effects like thunder and lightning to help set the mood, and many other students have helped with set, props, and costumes,” said Salisbury.

“A Murder of Scarecrows” will show two nights at the Conway Springs High School auditorium, on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance and are $3 per adult and $2 for K-12 students. Advance tickets may be purchased at the high school office or at Hired Man’s Grocery and Grill.

Tickets at the door will cost $4 per adult and $3 for K-12 students.