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A murder mystery at WHS

The Woodbury High School Theater department will presents the murder mystery play "Book of Days" by Lanford Wilson.

The production is directed by Jon and Karen Seashore.

When the owner of a small-town Missouri cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder.

Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw's St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done.

Lanford Wilson is an esteemed American playwright who was won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as three Obie Awards and two New York Drama Critics Awards for best play.

The lead character of Ruth is played by senior Lauren Knutson. Additional principle actors include:

• Seniors: Peter Steineck as Len, Ruth's husband; Alli Rekow as Sharon Bates, wife of the murder victim; Harry Dixon as James Bates, Sharon's son; and Rachel Steingas as Louann Bates, James' wife.

• Juniors: Jeff Bakker as Walt Bates, owner of the cheese plant; Tom Reimann as Sheriff Conroy Atkins; and David Christensen as Reverend Bobby Graves.

• Sophomores: Cole Sandstrom as theatre director Boyd Middleton; Heather Mohr as Ginger Reed, Boyd's assistant; Amy Steingas as Martha Hoch, Len's mother; and Mitch Woodley as Earl, cheese plant foreman.

Book of Days is the 66th theater production directed by Jon and Karen Seashore at Woodbury High School. They have been directing at the school since 1978.

Performances will be held May 8 to 10 at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. They are available to purchase one hour before each showtime.