Curtain up on CPAP's 1st production

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The Craig Performing Arts Project presents its first production in a couple of weeks, and Director Linda Putnam is asking audience members to figure out who the murderer is.

Ten cast members will play a variety of amusing characters in "Something's Afoot," a murder mystery musical set in England. The play is a parody on crime author Agatha Christies's style.

"The murder mystery genre seems to be really popular here," Putnam said. "Musicals seem to be, too."

She and Cindy Chotvacs, who is the show's producer and production manager, started the group last fall and held several meetings to get the organization off the ground. They held auditions and have rehearsed for several weeks.

"Now we're doing a lot of fun, creative things with it," Putnam said.

The cast members are: Roni Smith, Rebecca Putnam, Melissa Luke, Gail Canto, Bill Ronis, John Bolton, Joe Hays, Will Schneegas, Steve Booker and Jonny Sherman. The orchestra will be directed by Bill Toovey.

"There's so many different people involved from the community," Putnam said. "I think people will be excited to see how their friends do."

The performances are slated for April 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. in the Moffat County High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 17 and younger. They are available in advance at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, or at the door.

Putnam is looking forward to seeing the community's support, and ultimately hopes for a full house each night.

"We've had a lot of positive comments," Putnam said. "(People are) excited we're bringing theater back here."

For more information about the CPAP, call Putnam or Chotvacs at the library at 824-5116.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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