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Langley School Presents Comic Murder Mystery

Audience members of all ages will enjoy an evening of laughs and dramatic intrigue during The Langley School’s production of “Black Hearts & Bearded Ladies,” Nov. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Leonsis Gym at 1411 Balls Hill Road in McLean. Tickets for all three performances are available at the door for $5 per person.

Presented by a 24-member cast of Langley Middle School students in grades 6-8, the play takes place at the Sweetwater Inn and features a cast of zany, memorable characters. When four rude, crude, unladylike ladies take up residency at the Sweetwater Inn under the guise of musicians, the inn is turned upside down. The foursome is the fiendish, thievish Bearded Lady Bandits incognito, and they’re staying at the Sweetwater Inn along with an odd, but hilarious assortment of other drop-ins. When wealthy, headstrong Aunt Golda arrives to announce her sixth marriage, the real trouble begins.

“Although this particular play isn’t very well known, its characters and hilarious plot make for a very entertaining performance,” said Kristy Greener, Langley’s drama teacher and director. “Because the show is filled with such rich characters and personalities, it also gives our student actors a chance to work on some very advanced character development and acting skills.”

In addition to the actors and student director, a student tech crew helps with lighting, sound and stage props, giving them the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting on a play. Langley’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade students study one trimester of drama each year as part of a fine arts rotation, and are anxious to use their skills in the school’s two yearly main-stage dramatic productions.

Founded in 1942, The Langley School is an independent, coed day school for students in preschool through eighth grade. The Langley School campus is situated on a 9.2-acre campus in McLean. For more information, visit www.langleyschool.org.