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All the clues fall in place at HHS murder mystery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darci Tomky   

Maybe it was Rufus in the parlor with an ax? Or was it Paula in the library with a gun? Possibly even Bensonhurst in the dining room with a wrench?

All the players were in place as a classic detective game of Clue played out on stage at the HHS drama department’s production of “Murder’s in the Heir” on the HHS stage Friday and Saturday, March 28-29.

Audience members had to collect all the clues to help solve the mystery of billionaire Simon Starkweather’s death. They even became players in the game themselves when, at intermission, they voted on their choice for the murderer, which actually determined the outcome of the suspicious tale.

The play, co-directed by Eric Conklin and Penny Dockins, had everyone on the edge of their seats, as each character had a different weapon and different motive for doing in the old man.

The sickly Starkweather (Cody Lamm) had gathered his family, lawyers and house staff together in his mansion for the announcement of a new will.

His heirs and his staff, who all thought they’d inherit thousands, if not millions, of dollars, were not pleased to find out the new will, effective the next morning, would give the money to a soon-to-be clone of Starkweather.

“A million dollars—a lot of people would kill for that much money!!”

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Jacob Vasa, at right, tries to put the moves on Whitney Powell when he hears he is no longer an heir to Starkweather’s billions. 

 —Enterprise photo

Each of the murder suspects was questioned by grandson Erick Zink, at left, and detective Brandon Struckmeyer, at right. Issac Brandt, in center, plays up the part of the hillbilly servant in Starkweather’s mansion.  

—Enterprise photo

Cast members in the Holyoke High School drama department’s production of “Murder’s in the Heir” sit puzzled as they try to solve the mystery of billionaire Simon Starkweather’s sudden death. Actors are pictured at their Friday night performance, from left, Whitney Powell, Anastasia Conklin, Kaely Zilla, Erick Zink, A.J. Brandt, Jacob Vasa, Dani Brandt, Brittney Prottsman, Brandon Struckmeyer, Rosa Ochoa, Lori McWilliams, Eva Penzing and Issac Brandt.  

—Enterprise photo

Holyoke Enterprise April 3, 2014