NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School presents its fall drama, “The Game’s Afoot”, with a Sherlock Holmes style murder mystery play.

The mysterious plot of the story begins when William Gillette, an actor best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, is wounded following an attempt on his life at a performance. He then invites a few friends over for a Christmas Eve celebration at his Connecticut mansion while he recovers.

But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

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The cast is made up of only eight Newton High School students and directed by Newton High School teacher Brendan Scullin.

Julia Nehrings who started in this year’s spring musical “Once Upon a Mattress”, now a senior, is playing Aggie Wheeler. “This show has been a great experience because it’s mysterious, really witty and full of surprises,” said Nehrings. “I wouldn’t have spent my senior year any other way.”

Kyle Penny a junior, plays the main character, William Gillette, “who is an eccentric guy who brings all his friends together for a fun and mysterious evening,” said Penny. “I can’t thank my cast enough, it’s really been a great experience from the top down.”

Miruna Muresan, a senior, plays Martha Gillette, William’s mother. “She is a witty older woman whose mind is still as sharp as a tack,” said Muresan. “This is my favorite cast because it consists of some of my best friends and I’m excited to see what we can do.”

Emily Kurnides, sophomore, plays Inspector Harriet. “She is the bubbly, kind of clueless inspector,” said Kurnides. “I am super excited for everyone to come see the show, it’s fantastic.”

Jackie Mull, junior, plays Daria Chase, who “is a nasty, kind of seductive columnist, who is invited to the party to do a story on William,” said Mull. “I’ve been doing shows here since my freshman year and out of all of them this has been my favorite one and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

The play will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $8 and can be purchased at the door of the auditorium at Newton High School.

“In the vein of 'whodunit' murder mysteries, the plot takes many twists and turns. There are almost as many laughs as there are clues. And boy, are there a lot of clues.  Prepare to be swept along for a wild and funny ride,” said Scullin.