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Homicidal for the Holidays Production (updated)

Homicidal for the Holidays, written by Anthony Elliott (left), has an abundance of suspects in the murder that takes place during a Christmas-themed, office party. Also shown: Isaac Donaldson, Kendra Newton, and Nick Taylor as other partygoers
Homicidal for the Holidays, written by Anthony Elliott (left), has an abundance of suspects in the murder that takes place during a Christmas-themed, office party. Also shown: Isaac Donaldson, Kendra Newton, and Nick Taylor as other partygoers.
12/3/2013 —

The Penn State Shenango Drama Club is pleased to announce its upcoming production of Homicidal for the Holidays, an original comedy by local playwright and former Penn State Shenango student, Anthony Elliott.  Elliott’s play combines comedy and murder mystery around a Christmas theme. 

This wonderful mash-up of genres and Christmas stories will be presented in the Penn State Shenango Auditorium, 147 Shenango Avenue, on December 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on December 8 at 2:30 p.m.  Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children 5 and under.  Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

The production is also a fundraiser for the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.  All proceeds from the Drama Club’s Basket Raffle and 50/50 drawing will be donated to the Community Food Warehouse, which will be facing increased demand due to recent cutbacks in the federal SNAP program.  Items to be raffled are as varied as a DVD player, piano lessons, a massage therapy session, seasonal decorations, and a variety of snack and toiletry items suitable for gifting.

Elliott drew inspiration from a number of holiday sources, including classic Christmas tales and movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and A Christmas StoryHomicidal for the Holidays incorporates several songs into the mix, although not enough for this to be considered a musical.  As a fan of murder mysteries, Elliott also drew on that genre to create the sometimes sentimental, sometimes hard-boiled, and often wacky show. 

Homicidal for the Holidays features seasoned Penn State Shenango actors plus a number of newcomers to the stage.  Returning to the stage is crowd-favorite Elliott, taking a turn this time as a guest at the Christmas costume party where the events unfold.  Other costumed partygoers and assorted characters returning to the Penn State Shenango stage are his brother Jacob Elliott, plus Nick Taylor, Miranda Bizzarri, Khyana Johnson, Kyle Davis, Alex Marosy, and Amber Edeburn.  Newcomers to the stage include Peggy Murphy, Kendra Newton, Alessia Scoccia, and Christopher Sheffield.  Elizabeth Howe, who plays oboe with the Greenville (PA) Symphony and teaches piano, will accompany the cast on the songs.

According to director Jeanne Zingale, theatre and communications instructor at Penn State Shenango, “Homicidal for the Holidays exults in a sense of fun, bringing together partygoers dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, an elf, a Christmas tree, Christ, and Satan.  Add to that mix a detective who must figure out who the murderer is, and you have the ingredients for a show that is full of surprises and lots of laughs.”

Anthony Elliott is excited to watch his vision come together, and he hopes to continue to combine writing and acting for some time to come.  Eventually, like many actors, he would also like to try his hand at directing. 

For more information about the show, contact the Penn State Shenango Office of Student Affairs at 724-983-2836. 

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