Performing Arts

In this spoofy, musical murder whodunit, Hercules Porridge Jr., son of the famous Hoboken detective of the same name, just might solve the mystery.  Or he might not. 

Overcoming his ineptness to investigate the goings on at Crooked House, a seedy hotel where the guests pay outrageous rent for shoddy service, he discovers what they are actually paying is BLACKMAIL!  Adding murder to the mystery, a corpse is discovered in the sitting room, and a beautiful secretary is done in by deadly orchid juice. 

This is classic Tim Kelly at his best, full of eccentric characters, including mystery writer Anguish Crispie, a curious young man in safari attire, a strange actress, a crackpot colonel, and a directionally-challenged butler. 

With a rousing and haunting score by the amazing Bill Francoeur, this campy private eye musical comedy is worth further investigation!
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Students will learn the mechanics and techniques that go into performing a play. Emphasis will be on body language and non-verbal communication, speech and tonal qualities, enunciation, and projection. They will combine this with character study, makeup and blocking to complete a character. Some attention will be given to props, set design and lighting.
 
TCCA drama and musical productions, by their nature, will have a limited number of cast openings. Although all students auditioning for parts will receive some educational benefit from the experience, not every student can be actually selected for a part.
 
Casting selections must be made with primary consideration being the final success of the production. Hopefully, the number of students not selected for parts will be minimal. TCCA Drama productions are open to all current TCCA students as well as interested home schooling families.