Issaquah High School presents ‘Rehearsal for Murder’
March 18, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Issaquah High School’s spring production of “Rehearsal for Murder” is more than a regular whodunit played out onstage.
“I’ve been describing it as ‘Clue’ plus ‘Inception,’” said star Daniel Repp, an Issaquah sophomore.
The students will bring to life the story of tortured playwright Alex Dennison as he searches for the answers surrounding the death of his beloved fiancée Monica Welles.
In the story, based on a 1980’s teleplay by renowned writers Richard Levinson and William Link, Dennison refuses to accept Welles’ death by suicide and takes it upon himself to find out what really happened.
It becomes an “Inception”-like play within a play, as Dennison, played by Repp, brings together a group of actors for his new production, which bears a storyline with a striking resemblance to the events surrounding Welles’ death.
“Alex is a successful playwright, but he’s very manipulative, controlling and he’s very obsessed with what he does,” Repp said. “He’s obsessed with this idea of murder and who did it.”
Issaquah’s version closely follows the 1982 television movie of the same name, with a few minor tweaks, said senior Sara Baumert, the assistant director.
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“It’s pretty close, I think,” she said. “We’ve condensed it a little bit because we’re in the black box, so it’s just not as big a production as it would be on a regular stage.”
Budget constraints and scheduling moved the play to the school’s more intimate Black Box Theater. With room for only about 90 people, it offers a unique setting for audiences, Repp said.
“It’s a very cool setting for a mystery, because when there’s a blackout, everything goes dark,” he said.
The show comes with a lot of twists and turns, said junior Lauren Jaech, so audiences should be prepared for a wild ride.
“It’s a really fun show,” said Jaech, who plays the deceased Welles. “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a dull moment. You’re going to have to stay for the whole thing to see who did it.”