This year’s spring musical by the Whittier Regional Vocational High School Drama Club is the murder mystery comedy "Curtains" — and students are getting for the opening night curtain to be raised.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.

Based on the book by Peter Stone, the musical is set in Boston in 1959, and begins when the untalented actress Jessica Cranshaw, played by Haverhill High freshman Maria Elms of Newburyport, is murdered during the opening night curtain call of "Robbin’ Hood of the Old West."

It’s then up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, played by senior Andrew Roux of Merrimac, who moonlights as a musical theater fan, to solve the case, save the show and maybe even find love before the production reopens — without getting killed himself. The show, which features a live orchestra, promises to have audience members on the edge of their seats up to the end.

Tickets are available in advance for $8 at the Whittier school store and at the door for $10.

Whittier Regional Vocational High School is at 115 Amesbury Line Road.

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