Cast Rehearses Long Hours for “Curtains” – Branson’s Spring Musical

Students rehearse for the Spring Musical.

Students rehearse for Branson’s Spring Musical. Photo by Armaan Nallicheri

By Amanda Douglas

In less than two weeks, the Branson Spring Musical, “Curtains,” will debut in the Jewett Family Theater.

The musical “is a backstage murder mystery set in 1959 at Boston’s Colonial Theatre,” said Maura Vaughn, Branson’s acting teacher and the director and co-choreographer of the musical. “When leading lady Jessica Cranshaw (Corinne Bernhard) mysteriously dies on stage the entire company comes under suspicion. . . Enter local detective Lt. Frank Cioffi (Zach Campo) of the Boston Police Department, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan, to solve the homicide.”

The motley group of actors, directors, choreographers, producers, and more, are all suspects.

Putting on a musical is no minor feat. “If it takes a village to raise a child then it takes an army to put on a musical,” Maura said. “On Broadway the company has almost 300 hours of rehearsal to mount a production. Here at Branson we have 90 hours of rehearsal.” However, the show is made possible because of the hard-working students and “creative team who take on this daunting task . . . a mixture of Branson teachers and non-Branson teachers.”

If you want to the guilty party uncovered, come to the show. There are three performances, beginning Thursday, March 26, then Friday March 27, and lastly March 28, all at 7:00 pm.

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