LAKE PLACID - Audience members will get the chance to play detective Saturday night at the senior class's annual murder mystery.
As the lights come up on "What Makes a Killer College Applicant?," suspects are herded into the gym after teacher Miss Chung is found dead in a bathroom. Students like over-achieving Gertrude and hipster-with-a-temper Nick Jonas - not that Nick Jonas - as well as guidance counselor Mrs. Skylar are interviewed to find out who had motive to kill Miss Chung.
Tony Miller, a senior who is directing the show, said the audience will see the first seven scenes depicting the initial interrogation play out on stage. Then the lights will go down and actors will spread out throughout town, and audience members will be given a map and a chance to go interrogate those characters on their own.
Murder suspects (aka the cast) pose for a group photo during a dress rehearsl for the annual Lake Placid Middle High School Murder/Mystery that takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday in the high school auditorium.
Then everyone will convene back at the school, and audience members will vote on who they think the killer is. Once everyone has had a chance to submit their solution to the mystery, the cast will act out the last three scenes of the script.
Prizes will be awarded to people for solving the murder, Miller said.
The murder mystery has been a Lake Placid High School tradition for years.
"It's been going on a long time," Miller said.
A teacher used to write and direct all of the plays, but since she retired, each class has done their own. This year, the senior class is getting some help from Joan O'Leary. O'Leary wrote her class's murder mystery when she was a senior at LPHS last year, and now that she's at the University of San Diego, she decided to write another one for this year's seniors, Miller said.
Miller said he's usually the one doing the acting, and many of the actors in the play are new to the stage.
"It's fun to get to take a different role," Miller said.
He's co-directing with Dylan Duffy, another LPHS graduate who wanted to help with the play. Miller said he's appreciated Duffy's help and input.
Miller said the show is a popular one, and he had a lot of people ask him about it while he was working over the summer.
The murder mystery starts at 7 p.m. Saturday in the high school auditorium.
Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults, and they include dessert. All proceeds go to the senior class, to help pay for the class trip and other upcoming class initiatives.