Local residents, Busse and Motzko, play part
in Cold Spring GNTC’s ‘Something’s Afoot’
by Lois Bauer-Rieffer
Two St. Joseph residents, have been busy with the play, ‘’Something’s Afoot’’ for the Great Northern Theater Company in Cold Spring since auditions in early December. ‘Something’s Afoot’ is a musical murder mystery comedy that will keep you guessing throughout. The production will be performed Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17 at the Great Blue Heron on Hwy. 23 in Cold Spring.
Busse, who has been a member of GNTC for almost 10 years, is now one of the cast after having directed the last two dinner-theater productions, ‘’Two by Two’’ and ‘’My Old Friends.’’ Busse has been onstage with GNTC in many productions such as The Sound of Music and was involved as one of the four in the Deer Camp series which performed throughout Minnesota. He also has been in several productions with GREAT Theater. In this production, Busse portrays Colonel Gillweather, one of the guests at Rancour’s Manor, who helps to try and solve ‘why’ all the strange mishaps are going on during their weekend retreat.
Motzko, another St. Joseph resident, has been a long-time GNTC member and has acted in several productions including The Pajama Game, ‘South Pacific’ and ‘The Boys Next Door.’ Most recently, you’ll find Motzko behind the scenes helping with costumes, lights and sound and anything else that needs doing. In this production, she is once again the house manager, taking care of ticket sales and organizing ushers for the performances.
This show promises to be a lot of fun with a twist and turn in every scene. As one guest puts it, ‘’people are ‘dropping like flies’’’ and have no way to escape as the bridge is washed out. The weekend guests all start turning on each other with accusations. Flint and the maid even plot to use a little boat he’s aware of and sings ‘I Have a Little Dinghy.’ All we can say is the butler didn’t do it, but if you want to find out who did, you need to make your reservation now.
Though the plot takes many twists and turns before you figure out this popular ‘whodunit’, so does the set, which can be considered a character in itself on the Great Blue Heron stage. Feb. 14-16 performances begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour; dinner’s at 7 p.m.; and the curtain opens at 8 p.m. with dessert being served during intermission.
The Sunday shows begin with a social hour at 1 p.m.
Don’t miss the hilarious musical murder mystery which will keep you guessing to the end.
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