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A whodunit at Houghton H.S.

April 26, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Houghton High School's latest play, "Incognito," will have audience members guessing until the very end, and guessing correctly could net them a prize.

"Incognito," a whodunit set on a cruise ship during World War II, will have a "Guess the Killer" game during the second intermission, and those who guess right will be entered in a drawing for a prize worth $25.

"We're going to have everybody guess who the killer is," Director David Crowley said. "For the ones who get it right, we're going to draw for a gift card from one of the area restaurants, and if nobody gets it right, which is a possibility, we're going to draw from everybody's names."

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Houghton High School students rehearse for “Incognito” at the high school Tuesday evening. The whodunit play will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium.

The play starts off with a bang, as the opening scene has a German spy radioing a nearby German sub, telling them he knows the identity of an opposing spy onboard the cruise ship. However, just as he is about to reveal who the spy is, he is shot and killed. The remainder of the play deals with figuring out who may have done the deed.

"Basically they have the suspects narrowed down to nine women," Shalina Gupta, who plays Sylvia "Seedy" Sloan, one of the nine women, said. "The play has a lot of different twists and turns ... and it really keeps you guessing until the last minute."

The first act aids in identifying characters and sets the stage for the second act, in which the German U-Boat commander the spy radioed boards the cruise ship in search of the killer. From there, the plot thickens, and nothing is what it seems.

"From then on, all sorts of secrets come out, and the tnesion really builds between the women as they almost start to turn on each other," Crowley said. "It's got some humor, but also some ... tense scenes that the kids are really playing well."

The students have been rehearsing the play for a while now, and are excited to reveal it to the public.

"It's a really great play," said Torin O'Leary, who plays the first mate of the cruise ship, Fred Collins. "It's been a lot of fun to do."

The performances will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Houghton High School auditorium. Raffles and door prizes will be available, as the Houghton Drama Club is raising money for microphones.

"We've got $100 worth of gift cards and certificates to raffle off at every performance to raise money for the microphones we're going to be buying for the stage," Crowley said. "We're very grateful for the support of so many businesses."



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