May Day musical planned

Staff report

BLUFFTON — Bluffton University will present “Curtains,” the musical comedy whodunit, for the May Day musical from May 5-7.

“Curtains” unfolds backstage at Boston’s Colonial Theatre, where the new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lt. Frank Cioffi arrives on the scene to conduct the investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn to making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder.

Local students participating in the musical are Seth Regula, of Jackson Center, who portrays “Randy Drexler” and Carrie Blust, of Sidney, who was cast as “Arlene Barruca.”

Tickets are on sale for the musical comedy by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes.

Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, to be staged at 7:30 p.m. each evening in Founders Hall. Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an associate professor of music, is musical director. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats and $5 for open seating. They are available online at; for assistance with tickets, call the box office at 419-358-3239.

Staff report