By Lila Weitzner of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Cappies Review of production on Saturday, Nov. 17
Monday, December 3, 2012
When has death by gunshot, gassing, poison, strangulation, bombs and mutilation ever been remotely funny? Gales of laughter erupted uproariously at the dramatic deaths during Bishop Ireton High School’s fall production of "Something’s Afoot," by James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach and Ed Linderman. "Something’s Afoot" premiered in 1972 before becoming a nationally renowned musical in 1976. The musical spoofs the works of British mystery writers, paying special attention to Agatha Christie and her novel "And Then There Were None." The story starts when a cast of high-society London characters are all invited to the esteemed Lord Rancour’s lake estate for a weekend of relaxation. When Lord Rancour is discovered dead, the characters …
Hitting the road with a new student driver—hazardous duty pay and a flask would have behooved me.
On a recent brisk and sunny Saturday morning I took a car ride with Mike Hutton (Bishop Ireton High School’s driver’s ed instructor) and one of his new student drivers. Little did I know that the assignment would require hazardous duty pay. And a flask. But, I’ll get to all of that in a minute. First though, my initial conversation with Hutton: How long have you been instructing driver’s ed? 23 years now. I’m the Health/Phys Ed/Driver’s Ed Department Chair at Bishop Ireton. What attracted you to this profession? I fell into it. The previous driver’s ed teacher quit, and they asked me to take the class as necessary and I enjoyed it. So, I was okay staying with it. What personality traits are needed to teach driver’s ed? Well, if you …