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Murder, mayhem and mystery head to the stage at the Jennings Theater

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 9:50 a.m.

Theatergoers and movie buffs will get plenty of murder, mayhem and mystery at the Strand Theater as local acting groups kick off the fall season in October.

The season also includes holiday stage productions by children’s and youth theater groups and a series of family movie nights at the historic Strand Theatre.

“The whole month of October is filled with murder, mayhem and mystery and we end it with plays and movies, which makes it unique,” said the city’s project coordinator, Lin Fake, adding that the fun continues with the Christmas theme. “We wanted to have something for kids and adults so everyone could be entertained and everyone could show off their talents.”

A Block off Broadway Community Theater kicks off the season with its production of “Alfred Hitchcock Taught Me All I Know” by Pat Cook. Performances will be at 7 p.m. October 1 and 8 and 2 p.m. October 2 and 9 at the Strand Theatre, 432 N. Main St., Jennings. Tickets go on sale September 26.

The play revolves around Maura Milton, who applies for a job as an accountant at the home of a certain Tyrone Bartholomew. However, she soon discovers that there is not one Tyrone Bartholomew but several. This vivacious old actor savors life and flies from character to character whenever he has to do with the outside world.

The murder, mayhem and mystery continue at 6 p.m. on October 15 with a movie night at the Strand Theater featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

Kids and young-at-heart adults can enjoy Disney’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at 6 p.m. on October 22.

Movie night will continue at 7 p.m. on October 28 with a double feature showing “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2.”

The Christmas season will kick off with ABOB’s production of “This is Christmas to Me” by Amy Leger. Performances will be presented at 7 p.m. on December 10 and 2 p.m. on December 11. Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. on December 5.

CHIP’S Littles Production will present their holiday performance “Can Mrs. Claus Save Christmas?” by Ruth Ann Pattee at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18. The play begins with two weeks until Christmas and an exhausted Santa Claus dreaming longingly of a vacation in Hawaii. But even with the elves working hard and Mrs. Claus checking the list of good girls and boys, he just doesn’t have time. Meanwhile, villainous Gil Bates, a multi-millionaire video game maker, yearns for the one thing he doesn’t have: the love of children. Bates knows that Santa Claus is loved by all children, so he decides to kidnap him and force him to reveal the secret of his magic.

Performances continue in 2023 with an as-yet-unannounced CHIP’S Middles production at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 and 2 p.m. Feb. 12.

CHIP’S High School production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop will premiere at 7 p.m. on March 31 and April 1 and at 2 p.m. on April 2. The play revolves around the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher.” The band reunite for a supporting audition for their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy angel whose house is filled with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people – who all figure diabolically into the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous “Slasher” reappears and strikes again and again.

The first ABOB production of the new year will take place in June. The production will be announced later.

Movie nights at the Strand Theater will be at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $3 with kids 12 and under free.

Films scheduled for the 2022 season include:

September 3 – Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996).

October 15 – Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960).

October 12 – Disney’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

October 28 – “The Conjuring” (2013) and “The Conjuring 2” (2016) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door which opens at 6 p.m.

November 5 – “Beetlejuice” (1988).

November 26 – “Big Fish” (2003).

December 3 – Disney’s “Santa Claus” (1994)

Film dates for 2023 will include January 7, January 21, February 4, March 4, April 15, May 6, June 17, July 8, July 22, and August 5.


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