This year’s production, “Murder at the Malt Shop”, sees the troupe travel back to the 1950s full of music, poodle skirts, and dancing. With over a dozen kids in the cast list, Frederick says the show is full of talent.

For the last six years, the Camden Area Homeschoolers’ Drama Troupe has hosted productions for homeschooled kids in the lake area. Director Janette Frederick has been a part of their productions every year. She says that none of the work being completed would be possible without the work of the parents who volunteer and take up one of the many spots needed to make things run smoothly. 

This year’s production, “Murder at the Malt Shop”, sees the troupe travel back to the 1950s full of music, poodle skirts, and dancing. With over a dozen kids in the cast list, Frederick says the show is full of talent. 

One of the main challenges the group ran into while putting the show together was finding era appropriate costumes for the cast to wear. However, the troupe was able to rent a full set and is confident their attire will fit the feeling displayed throughout the era of the show. 

Charles Lewis, playing the Sheriff in the show, has been with the troupe for six years and is a year away from graduating. He feels the show constantly brings something new for the audience and keeps them guessing from start to finish. Out of the many mystery productions he has been a part of with the troupe, he says this one asks the most questions. 

Lewis feels that the progression of practice for the roles has gone well this year. With many of the cast members no longer rookies to the stage, he says that the experience shines through. 

Hannah Milton, who plays Ginger Vitus, sees the cast as having come from all different walks of life, bringing unique qualities to every performance. Even though the cast is stitched together from so many backgrounds, she says they have grown together over time and have created friendships that are apparent on stage. 

“It brings a different taste to the performance,” Milton said. “You can see our differences and how they contribute to making a great show.” 

Milton says that the show works best when the crowd participates in the mystery. She says there are many questions to answer and the cast needs help “figuring out who did this.” 

As a homeschool student, Milton says this troupe has been her social life for the last four years. The members of this cast are who she feels like she’s connected with the most. Lewis says this group is the root of what it means to be homeschooled and has “kept him going.” He says the group loves to put on shows like “Murder at the Malt Shop” and continue to have fun.

“We’ve been doing plays with some of these students since we started,” Lewis said. “This bonds you together.” 

The Camden Area Homeschoolers’ Drama Troupe will be performing only two shows of “Murder at the Malt Shop.” The first will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 and the final will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 27. The shows will be hosted at the Camdenton Little Theatre on the Middle School campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night and 50’s attire is welcome and encouraged for the audience. Tickets at the door will be $6 each or $30 per family.