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EU High staging virtual production
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Raelyn Driscoll does online rehearsal of the East Union High Playbox Company’s ‘A Mystery Murdered.’

The East Union High Playbox Company will be performing its first-ever virtual production of ‘A Mystery Murdered’ tonight and Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m.

That’s when the live-streaming of the comedy presentation of the play directed by senior Illeana Heredia is set to begin. The Playbox Company also performed last week with the online production.

According to Annette Taser, who is the school’s Visual & Performing Arts Chair, ‘A Mystery Murdered’ unfolds and quickly unravels as John the Butler – played by Aiden Berchtold – is caught with a gun, standing over the body of Steve Walters (Nigel Naidu).

“A play-within-a-play, John quickly falls out of character as he introduces other characters, as played by a bickering cast of actresses fighting for the limelight,” she said.

Isabella Rivera, Raelyn Driscoll, Brooklyn Shupe, and Patience Ronyak-King round out the ensemble cast. Paige Berchtold is the stage manager.

‘A Mystery Murdered’ is an exciting and innovative theatrical play, written specifically for a virtual environment in which characters interact with one another in real team, without being face to face, Taser said during these unprecedented times of taking precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She added that the production is a cross between traditional theater and film, and the audience experiencing the play through a screen, viewing the pre-recorded production via stream.

Tickets to watch the remote production via your personal device are available at the Box Office theater at East Union or by e-mail ( . They are $5 for an individual or $10 on the day of the Dec. 4-5 showing.

For more information, call 209.858.7270.