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Murder and mystery

Jordan Montgomery, left, as Sir Henry Angkatell, and Emma Bennett, as Henrietta Angkatell, rehearse a scene from "The Hollow." a murder mystery by Agatha Christie that Jamestown High School Theater will perform Nov. 16 and 17. John M. Steiner / The Sun

If you go

What: Jamestown High School Theater performance of "The Hollow" by Agatha Christie

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17

Where: Jamestown High School auditorium, 1509 10th St. NE

Tickets: Available at the door: $6 for adults, $4 for students and JHS activity passes will be accepted.

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Imagine spending a weekend with your extended family and friends and in the middle of the fun and arguments a murder happens.

That is the basic plot of Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play "The Hollow" that Jamestown High School Theater will perform Nov. 16 and 17.

Tony McIntyre, Jamestown High School's drama teacher, said the play follows the investigation into the murder, revealing jealousy, passion and betrayal, motives for everyone involved.

"It's been a very fun and challenging play to work on," he said.

McIntyre said the cast includes 19 students.

Emma Bennett plays Henrietta Angkatell. Henrietta is a cousin of Lady Angkatell and Sir Henry Angkatell, who own the house where the family and friends have gathered for a weekend.

Bennett said her character is pivotal in the play.

"She kind of holds everyone together while all these horrible things happen and everything is falling apart, even for my character," she said.

Bennett, who played Lily Bell in the high school's production of "The Curious Savage," last spring, said "The Hollow" is a challenging and fun play.

"It really keeps you on the edge of your seat," she said. "It seems like every second there is new information and there is a big reveal at the end."

Joseph Lauinger plays Inspector Colquhon, one of the detectives who comes to the house to solve the murder.

"He (Inspector Colquhon) is very composed, very clinical," Lauinger said. "He is kind of a mastermind. He is always thinking, always working things out and is always a step ahead."

Lauinger said his character is challenging to play because Lauinger as an actor has to decide what he know and what he doesn't know and convey all that to the audience.

"It's quite tricky, at least for me," he said.

Bennett said the high school theater students haven't performed a play like this in a while and she thinks people will really enjoy the murder mystery.

"You are immersed in the play the entire time," she said.

Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

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