Lake Erie Professor directs play at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre
“A Murder of Scarecrows” will take place at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. through Oct. 31. The performances will take place each Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.
The production is directed by Jerry Jaffe, assistant professor of theatre at Lake Erie College and is produced by Carolyn Barnhard. The cast includes one of the Lake Erie’s own students, Joseph Fath.
Chagrin Valley’s first main stage show of its historic 80th season plans to make those who attend watch with fear and laugh throughout. Pat Cook’s mystery/comedy, the Dandridges have decided to move their annual Halloween party to their country house, a fixer upper with all the conveniences. The place is haunted by one scarecrow from a murder that happened awhile ago. When the scarecrow vanishes the night of the party and then turns up carrying an axe, things turn scarily funny!
Playwright Pat Cook began to acquire a taste for writing in high school in Frankston, Texas, writing for the school paper. When he first saw the movie version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” he knew he wanted to write plays. His first one-act, “The Boys in the Halls,” was produced at Lon Morris Junior College in 1968. Upon moving to Houston in 1970, Cook wrote his first play, “Rest in Peace,” to be published in 1976 by Dramatic Publishing in Woodstock, IL. He also began writing for educational radio, night clubs and local television. Cook has 125 plays published by nine publishers in which several have been translated into Dutch and German.
Tickets are $10 with a valid college ID. Students must call the theatre at 440.247.8955 and make a reservation. Any student who attends the Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 performances at 8 p.m. Those IN costume will be admitted at half price!
For more information, please call Pat Mazzarino at 440.974.0216 or visit www.cvlt.org. The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is located at 40 River Street in historic Chagrin Falls Village.