The Bold, The Young, and the Murdered is a hilariously entertaining world premier murder mystery that takes place on a soap opera set while taping and interacting between scenes. True to the soap opera way, the acting during the "filming" is over-exaggerated and skillfully handled with great comedic timing by a talented group of actors from Spanaway Lake High School in Spanaway, Bethel School District, WA, USA.
Once the "filming" stops, the actors bring it down to a believable level as they talk about their lives and the actors around them dropping like flies. The dreamy, jazzy almost elevator "soap opera" music just before each scene starts "taping," is a great touch. The well-developed characters play out numerous scenes throughout the production in an upscale sitting room, a hospital room, or a living room.
Thank goodness for an intermission because my face hurt so much from the constant laughing and smiling I did throughout the performance, I needed a break! On my way out the door, after the show, a young couple summed it up perfectly.
I heard him say, "That was funny!"
She said, "Yeah it was!"
These kids were so amazing; every one of them played their parts with excellence. It was too bad there weren't talent scouts in the audience as they would've wanted to sign every one of these actors and actresses.
Zach Robinson was a riot as Valencio Di Carpathio in the soap andin "real life." He was a sarcastic cantankerous old coot who wanted soup. I felt like I was watching Saturday Night Live every time he got in on the act.
Then there was the outgoing, dramatic, energetic Donnie Anderson as Jake Strong/Morris Nyborg. Donnie was all over that stage from scene to scene, he rarely wasn't in one. He needs to continue the acting career - he's got it goin'on!
Kimberly Marino has this very sassy kind of raspy seductive voice that I couldn't get enough of. She played Eileen Silverstedt/Amy White and really took command as an undercover FBI agent.
Alyssa Fincham played the young and air-headed Jessica Silverstedt AKA Danielle Farris. She was impressive and so good it made me wonder if she was playing a part or always acted that way.
Crystal Quinden got to show off her talents as Keri, the intern. This young girl played so many different characters, by pretending she was someone else, and every part of her body was participating. I hope she never loses the acting bug, she's got it bad - she is spot on.
Michael Taylor as Dr. William Bradley/Tyler Tripodo, was your stereotypical Hollywood narcissistic actor. He had the audience in the palm of his hands with his arrogance and skill.
Also, the very talented Makaila Perez-Punzalan as Mona Jeffries/Cybil Dane was a crack-up the way she always jumped in with some piece of information from the past - most of the time she got a little reprimand from one of the characters for misinformation.
Wesley Sand did a fantastic job as the very flirtatious Sebastian Strong/Bill Wiley.
Kisha Rardin was a winner as the sock ‘em to ya Sequoiya/Lily Baumgartner. She nailed a couple of dramatic scenes with intensity.
Chris Lindsey played the very unpopular Miles, the producer who wanted to get the show canceled. He was very confident and comfortable telling it like it is.
Crystal Lake as Oli, the director took command of the stage every time she spoke. When telling her life story of wanting to direct, she was so effective, you felt sorry for her.
Kate Hummel played Kaitlin the stage manager and had no problem seizing the power when Oli was killed.
Karli Hobart as Brooke, the camerawoman had some great little scenes, one in particular she got to "play" dead and did it convincingly.
The director of the play, Steve Barnett, is a very young and obvious professional. He turned out quite an outstanding production in a short time.
Steve said, "It's an amazing feeling to know that you have originated a role in a play being done for the first time. I am so proud of these students for their hard work and amazing turnout of this production."
A note from the director:
After the success of our first play this year, "TheSpectaculathon", I knew that these students were capable of great things. That's why when the playwright emailed me asking if I was interested in doing a world-premier of his latest play with these kids, I knew we were more than capable.
The only problem was that we had five weeks to put on a show that was twice the length of the last play we performed.The cast and I buckled down and worked hard to make sure that we were ready by opening night. I cannot express the admiration that I have for these students. They worked incredibly hard to get to where they are right now!
There are three people that I cannot thank enough for their aid in this production. Firstly, my fantastic student director, Crystal Quinden. She did an outstanding job at being another set of eyes, and seeing things from a different perspective than I did.
Second, Blake York, the set designer for this production. It's nice to know that I can ask for something to be done, and not have to worry at all about the quality of how it will turn out.
Lastly, my amazing stage manager, Erika Valdobinos. I know for a fact that this production would not have been nearly as good without her. She sewed, painted, upholstered, and did a number of other things to ensure that this production would be as good as possible.
About the playwright, Don Zolidis:
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Don Zolidis is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from the New School University. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Ursinus College, and has taught middle and high school in both public and private settings.In 2004, his play Whitewon the prestigious Princess Grace Award for Playwriting and will receive its world premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre in 2012.
His newest play, Current Economic Conditions will also open in 2012, at theTheatre in Indianapolis. He has written extensively for young people, and his 40 published plays have been produced by more than 2,100 middle and high schools in every state and twenty-five countries. For the past two years, one of his plays, The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon, was one of the ten most produced one acts in the nation.