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'The Groom Has Cold Feet'

Published August 21. 2014 04:00PM

There's something amiss in the fictional southern town of Pine Grove. Groom-to-be Albert Webster has been murdered on the morning of his wedding day.

There's no shortage of suspects as Webster seems to be disliked by just about everyone in town, with the possible exception of his bride-to-be, Kayla May Blossom.

The murder mystery will be presented this weekend at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

The youth production, co-directed by Erika Cassell and Stephanie Mau, features a cast of 18 and is being billed as an interactive performance thriving on audience participation.

Each eyewitness theory is acted out in hilarious slow motion for the audience to see.

Both directors are natives to the stage.

Mau was first involved in theater production in 2002 performing at the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora, where she learned how to operate lights and sound, costume design, stage managing and assistant directing.

Her first solo directing experience was the adaptive "Alice in Wonderland" in 2012 under the mentorship of Lucille Fala-Brennan. She has been cast in over 50 productions in the past 10 years.

"It's all a new experience making the necessary parts of this show come to life, including sets, costumes and props," says Mau. "This show would not be possible without all of the love and support from family and friends."

"As southern weddings go, this event is the talk of the town and an event you don't want to miss," says co-director Erika Cassell, a Tamaqua native who has been dancing since she was 5 years old at two local dance studios, Gloria Dillon and the PA Performing Arts Academy, both in Tamaqua.

In 2010, she discovered her love of theater and has been acting, stage managing, directing, choreographing and directing lights at both the Strawberry Playhouse and with the Tamaqua Area High School Drama Club.

Both girls currently attend Lehigh Carbon Community College, majoring in education while furthering their education in the field of theater.

Cast members include: Matt Hadesty as the groom; Caryn Matz as the bride; Holly Wagner as Mabel Mayfield; Khalan Malone, Dana Sadusky, Daltyn Sadusky, Brian Cassell, Tim Zaspel, Daniel Lee, Amelia Cassell, Jocelyn Rega, Jaclyn Ohl, Drew Gabrielle, Olivia Behr, Abigail Rakos, Abby Billig, Karina Derr and Andi Sanders as the townsfolk.

They are joined by crew members: Kyle Whitley, technical director; Zoe Snyder, set artist; Bobby Hartranft, set construction; Lucille Fala-Brennan, costume mistress.

The production begins at 7:30 tonight, with repeat performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The production will be held in the Performing Arts Hall at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Reception refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to reserve your seat at the Webster/Blossom wedding, contact Cassell at 570-449-5809 or Mau at 570-249-4364

The show is produced with special arrangement through Pioneer Drama Service Inc., Englewood, Colorado.

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