ARTICLE BY ZACHARY SCHAFER, JOURNALISM STUDENT & WEBSITE MASTER.
Freedom High School’s Spring Theatre Production of a classic whodunit murder mystery Curtains was a smash hit among the community. Hosted between April 21st and 24th, with shows ranging from 2PM to 7PM, and directed by Justin Amann, the show lasted three hours total plus a 15 minute intermission.
The musical is set in Boston, MA. 1959. The storyline follows Lt. Frank Cioffi, played by senior James Meyers, who is a police detective who is a musical theatre fan who is investigating a murder of the leading lady in a theatre during a performance. In order to save the show, he must solve the mystery and find the killer before it’s too late.
The musical itself was amazing, and the fact that all these students could pull off singing and dancing for three hours straight is just incredible. The performance had its share of funny moments, sad moments, and shocking moments, but overall it was by far the best full-on, post-pandemic play yet.
One of the best parts about the performance was the lighting and stage sets. The sets were beautifully painted and designed by Freedom Theater Company’s stage crew, and they looked so realistic that it felt like you were actually there, instead of looking at dried up paint.
They even had a curtain for the performance inside of the performance, the “Robbin’ Hood”. My favorite songs out of the entire performance has to be “I Miss the Music”, sung by sophomore Connor McClure and junior MaryJo Rutkowski and “It’s a Business”, sung by freshman Tori Prostko. The first one was beautifully sung and it had so much meaning, such as lost love reacquainted for the first time. The other favorite songs are “What Kind of Man” and “The Woman’s Dead” and “The Man is Dead”, which are basically the same song but about different people. The ending of the performance was shocking to say the least, when it was discovered -- spoiler alert -- that Daryl Grady of the Boston Globe, played by senior (and Freedom Forum writer and host) Ben Lee, was behind the murders.
Overall, this show was definitely a great evening of entertainment, laughter and joy. This is definitely a show that will be remembered for years to come.