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Corpus Christi Community Theatre
c/o Parrish Center, Washington Place, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
Performances are held at 215 Kipp Ave., Hasbrouck Heights
Regional Community Theatre with productions presented at the Corpus Christi Auditorium

2004 Production

Murder is a Real Hoot!

How can murder be funny?
When it’s John Bishop’s drop-dead comedy, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Presented by Corpus Christi Community Theatre
2004 Performances were held on October 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17
Written by John Bishop, this Broadway comedy is set in the library of an old mansion in Chappaqua, New York, in December of 1940.

The story involves two different murder plots that get intertwined during an attempt to solve a three-year old investigation of the deaths of some Broadways chorus girls. A feigned backer’s audition is set up in the library in at attempt to lure the murderer.

The owner of the mansion is a well-known supporter of theatre, but when the Broadway hopefuls appear at the mansion hoping to be backed, they soon find themselves watching their own backs ... because there’s a murderer loose in the mansion. Dead bodies are showing up everywhere, and a blizzard has cut off all possible ways out! Accusing fingers point in all directions but don’t go jumping to conclusions in this fast-paced comedy because nothing is as it appears.

The library is complete with a grand piano and numerous secret passages that are accessed through revolving, sliding, and swinging bookcases. People are falling down dead, those presumed dead reappear, and it remains unclear as to who is really who.

The play, which pokes antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heydey, is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled untangle the mystery of the Stage Door Slasher. This ingenious and wildly comic romp enjoyed a long, critically-acclaimed run both on and off-Broadway.

2004 Audition Notice
Corpus Christi Community Theatre is holding auditions for its Fall production
Thursday, July 8 at 7:00 P.M. & Sunday, July 11 at 7:00 P.M.
Corpus Christi Auditorium --corner of Kipp Ave. & the Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights
Entrance is on Kipp Ave. thru the double glass doors

This ensemble comedy offers 6 male and 5 female roles of various ages:
2 men, ages 35 to 65
1 Black male age 35 to 50
3 men, ages 20's/30's
3 women, ages 35 to 60
2 women, ages 20's/30's
Production dates are October 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2004. For further information call:
Director Bob Shindle:  201-435-6040 -- Production Manager Robin Pianese: 201-393-0636
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Perry Award Nominations
The Corpus Christi Community Theatre ahs been nominated by RECT (Recognition of Excellence in Community Theater) for five Perry Awards.  The Perry Awards are the "Tony's of community theatre.  This year 180 shows were reviewed.  The fall production of"Don't Drink the Water" was chosen as one of the top seven productions in NJ.  Awards will presented on September 28.
Outstanding Production of a Play
Outstanding Direction -- Bob Shindle
Outstanding Costume Design - Linda Ziegler
Outstanding Properties -- Geri Berhain  -- WINNER!
Outstanding Set Design - Bob Shindle

2003 Production

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood", the Solve-It-Yourself Broadway Musical

Six Performances:  Fridays, October 24 and 31 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, October 25 and November 1 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, October 26 and November 2 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for children & seniors. 
Buy a $12 adult ticket for Friday, Oct. 24 or 31 and get a second adult ticket for half price ($6).
Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 14th.  Call 201-288-5986.

Who killed Edwin Drood?
Each night, the audience chooses the ending of this musical. With eight possible murderers, five possible sleuths, and a variety of mismatched combinations for the pair of lovers, it's possible that each performance will have its own unique ending. Set in 1890 and presented in traditional English Music Hall style, the show is loaded with comedy and musical numbers. Based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, the fun-filled musical evening boasts a raucous cast of characters including villains and heroines, a company that freely interacts with the audience, a chairman who oversees the evening's proceedings, and musical numbers that are presented both for entertainment and plot development. Lively choreography and a melodic score keep the audience engaged throughout the mysterious proceedings until they choose what unsuspecting character did poor Edwin Drood in that night - thus, there may be a different ending at each performance. First presented in Central Park by the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Drood" moved to Broadway to win Best Musical of the Year and set a record for Rupert Holmes as the first recipient of Tony Awards for Book, Music, and Lyrics. The Broadway production starred Betty Buckley, George Rose, and Cleo Lane.

2002 Production

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Don't Drink The Water
Performances: Friday, October 18, 2002 thru Sunday, October 27, 2002  [Photos]


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