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Find out what happens ‘While the Lights Were Out’

by Daily Inter Lake
| March 14, 2024 12:00 AM

Cue the over-the-top suspects and plot twists only outnumbered by the full-on belly laughs in a delightful night of mayhem and murder as the Wolfpack Theatre Company presents “While the Lights Were Out.” 

Written by Jack Sharkey, “While the Lights Were Out” has all the elements of a good old-fashioned country-house whodunit — a murder in a remote location, too many suspects to count and a bumbling detective. 

“It’s a combination of the mystery legends of Inspector Clouseau, Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie,” play director Chris Adamcyk said.

The play opens with eccentric Lord Clive and Lady Monica Wickenham hosting a dinner party at their sprawling estate on a cliffside in Bermuda on a dark and stormy night. As the chaos of the storm outside grows, so does the tension inside the house. The Wickenhams and their staff bicker over provisions. As paranoia sets in among the guests the lights go out. There’s an agonized cry and pistol shot. The lights come on to reveal a woman standing over the dead man holding a bloody dagger. A guest who is conveniently also a detective examines the body and announces, “He's been strangled!”

So what happened when the lights went out? That’s the big question in this hilarious, fast-paced production. 

“It’s big and zany and nothing too cerebral,” Adamcyk said. 

The all-school show features a cast of veterans and newcomers to the stage including: Meyer Fauth, Kaylin Stein, Ethan Lopez, Brenna Ernst, Titus Bertelsen, Claire Ennis, Eli Sanderson Strutz, Ben Colby, Daniel Cole, Grace Miller, Annabeth O’Shea, Gabby Cantrell-Musson, Maeva Malcheski, Annalise Brown and Gabe Luehr.

The technical crew includes: Blake Lindemann, Kailie Owens, Hailey Hill, Drew Crane, Sophia Bourriague, Toben Mallo, Isabelle McKoy, Hunter Snyder and Theron Wilton.

Performances will be held March 19, 20 and 21 at Glacier High School. Shows start at 6:33 p.m. in the Wolfpack Theatre at Glacier, 375 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children, students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at GoFan.co by searching “Glacier High School,” Photo Video Plus and at the door.  To access the ticketing service, go to gofan.co and search for Glacier High School.