Sun Prairie Civic Theatre's award-winning mystery takes the stage

Madison resident Don Rogers plays the role of the Broadway star William Gillette in Sun Prairie Civic Theatre’s production of the murder-mystery comedy “The Game’s Afoot” Jan. 24 – Feb. 2.

Combine sensational murders, startling confessions, surprise twists, and missing cadavers. Mix in a colorful cast of characters, a bit of backstabbing, secret rooms, and a zinger of an ending.

And, you get Sun Prairie Civic Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s award-winning, mystery “The Game’s Afoot.” Performances of this comedic thriller run Jan. 24 – Feb. 2 at Sun Prairie’s Cardinal Heights Theater.

It’s December 1936. Things seem innocent enough when Broadway star William Gillette invites his fellow actors to his isolated castle for a weekend of revelry.

But, after a surprise guest arrives and one of the guests turns up dead, things quickly turn dangerous. Donning his famous persona of Sherlock Holmes, Gillette sets out to solve the crime before it’s too late. Will he succeed? His very survival may depend on it.

Written by internationally acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig, “The Games Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays” won the Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Edgar Allen Poe award for Best Mystery Play of 2012. Ludwig said when he set out to write the play, “I decided the best way to write a mystery for the stage was to make the piece as relentlessly entertaining as I possibly could.”

Performances of “The Game’s Afoot” are Jan. 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The performances conclude with a matinee on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. All performances are at the Cardinal Heights Theater, located at the Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School at 220 Kroncke Drive, in Sun Prairie.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online with a credit card at sunprairiecivictheatre.com or with cash or check at The Piano Gal on Main Street in downtown Sun Prairie.

Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the performance. Cost is $16 per adult, $13 for seniors 55 years old or older, and $11 for students with a valid student ID. All seats are general admission.

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