CHS Live! Delights Audiences with Murdered to Death
CHS Live delighted audiences with its recent murder mystery production Murdered to Death. The show, which welcomed over 500 audience members over three performances this November, was directed by longtime educator and actor Tom Dugger. This show marked Dugger’s 21st production at Chalmette High School, an achievement he says has brought many memories for both the student actors and himself.
“We always work to choose a show that matches the talents of our potential cast,” Dugger said. “This particular production was a mixture of comedy and mystery, which is fun to do, but it also suited the students who were interested in participating,” Dugger said.
Audiences enjoyed many laughs as the absent-minded investigator, played by junior Lennon Turner, worked to solve a murder; failing to do so before quite a few subsequent murders were committed. The mishaps along the way leant themselves to many rounds of laughter among the audience.
Dugger said Turner’s commitment to the show and his character really made it come together as a production.
“When he auditioned, Lennon really was this character,” Dugger said. “No one else could have been better suited for the role; it was his timing and portrayal of this main character that were so critical to developing the story and the fun – he had to do it, and he did.”
Alongside Turner on stage were Arianna Blakely, Alexandra Rojas, Elijah Geeting, Devin Cruice, Dallas Blackmore, Darion Dewhirst, Jaida Alphonso, Michal Sextion, and Aram Albach.
Dugger said he has many hands on deck to assist him in these annual productions, including colleagues Pat Babin, who acts as his co-director; Justin Templet, who helps with line and character development; Roy Cucullu, who runs the backstage show; and Pam Cassar, who works as the costume designer.
Credit also goes to Fred Hebert and Brianna Acosta and their tech crew, which included Trinity Fey, Jenna Riess, Alexis Lebouef, Bao Nguyen, Christian Coleman, Christine Kline, Christine Chen (Yineng), Aiden Rome, Quaff Nguyen, Griffin Lane, and Kyle Cimino.
Dugger also said that the theatre program at CHS is possible in large part thanks to the Meraux Foundation and Albert Carey and the CHS Cultural Arts Foundation.
“They both are major sponsors of this and all of our shows,” Dugger said. “What we do would not be possible without their generosity.”