Fremont Play Takes the Stage

Officer Knight (Shannon Bethune) confronts Mrs. Hammer (Sharon VanRingelstein) during a rehearsal of “How the Other Half Dies.” The Fremont Lions Club produces the play Feb. 9-11 at Fremont School. Also pictured Jeanene Calhoun, seated, Mindy Francis, Ryan Keep and Julia Morrison.

There are lemon car laws but do those laws cover when a person finds a dead body in the trunk the day after they bring the car home? That is only one of the confusing questions encountered by Sybil Chasteen (Jeanene Calhoun) during this year’s Fremont Lions Club production of “How the Other Half Dies.” Cast Members are earnestly rehearsing for the upcoming show.

The 35th show produced by the Lions Club will take the stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 and 12. Show times Friday and Saturday are 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. The show will be held at the Fremont School stage with a preshow free will meal served.

The play, written by Eddie McPherson is a murder-mystery that spirals out of control with comedy and will leave the audience in stitches.

“How the Other Half Dies” takes place in a modest home with Sybil looking to impress the local elite socialite Mrs. Hammer (Sharon VanRingelstein). Sybil wants to be part of a social club and hopes her efforts to impress Hammer will work. Enter a host of distractions: Inept police officers (Shannon Bethune and Sandy Eckley), a would-be serial slasher (Bill Ward) and his prey (Mindy Francis), spies, and oh yes, a corpse (Gary Parlet). Many others take rolls and traipse through Chasteen’s house wrecking havoc and hilarity.

Tickets can be purchased at the door ($6 Adults and $4 Kids 12 and under). Advance tickets for the production are available from cast members ($5 Adults/$3 Kids 12 and under) or by calling Bill Ward (641-295- 6060) or Jeanene Calhoun (641- 660-7282).

Read the full story in the February 1 edition.