Penn State Shenango to produce original play 'Homicidal for the Holidays'

The Penn State Shenango Drama Club has announced its upcoming production of "Homicidal for the Holidays," an original comedy by local playwright and former Penn State Shenango student, Anthony Elliott. Elliott’s play combines comedy and murder mystery around a Christmas theme.

This wonderful mash-up of genres and Christmas stories will be presented at 7:30 on Dec. 6 and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, in the Penn State Auditorium, 147 Shenango Avenue. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children 5 and under. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

The production also is a fundraiser for the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.  All proceeds from the Drama Club’s Basket Raffle and 50/50 drawing will be donated to the Community Food Warehouse, which will be facing increased demand due to recent cutbacks in the federal SNAP program. 

Elliott drew inspiration from a number of holiday sources, including classic Christmas tales and movies such as "It’s a Wonderful Life," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," and "A Christmas Story."  As a fan of murder mysteries, he also drew on that genre to create the sometimes sentimental, sometimes hard-boiled, and often wacky "Homicidal for the Holidays." 

"Homicidal for the Holidays" features seasoned Penn State Shenango actors plus a number of newcomers to the stage. Returning to the stage is crowd-favorite Elliott, taking a turn this time as a guest at the Christmas costume party where the events unfold. Other costumed partygoers and assorted characters returning to the Penn State Shenango stage are his brother Jacob Elliott, plus Miranda Bizzarri, Khyana Johnson, Kyle Davis, Alex Marosy, Amber Edeburn, April McNamara and Nick Taylor. Newcomers to the stage include Kendra Newton, Steven Shook and Alessia Scoccia. 

According to director Jeanne Zingale, theatre and communications instructor at Penn State Shenango, “'Homicidal for the Holidays' exults in a sense of fun, bringing together partygoers dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, an elf, a Christmas tree, Christ, and Satan.  Add to that mix a detective who must figure out who the murderer is, and you have the ingredients for a show that is full of surprises and lots of laughs.”

Anthony Elliott is excited to watch his vision come together, and he hopes to continue to combine writing and acting for some time to come.  Eventually, like many actors, he also would like to try his hand at directing. 

For more information about the show, contact the Penn State Shenango Office of Student Affairs at 724-983-2836. 

Hometowns for participants: 

Sharpsville, Pa.: Anthony Elliott, Jacob Elliott, April McNamara, Miranda Bizzarri
Sharon, Pa.: Kyle Davis, Khyana Johnson, Amber Edeburn, Nick Taylor, Alex Marosy
Lordstown, Ohio: Steven Shook
Liberty Township, Ohio: Jeanne Zingale
West Middlesex, Pa.: Kendra Newton



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Last Updated November 14, 2013