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'Last Resort' opens at Long Lake Theater

The Last Resort," playing at Long Lake Theater through July 29, is a musical comedy mystery set in Canada. From left, a mob informant (Andy Browers) undercover with an FBI agent (Sarah Bull) thinks every guest out to kill him, including a tourist couple celebrating their 24th anniversary (Denny Skjonsby and Juliann Kjenaas). (Submitted photo)

"The Last Resort," now playing at Long Lake Theater, is an off-the-wall, musical comedy mystery.

A group of apparent strangers are staying the night in Saskatchewan's Last Resort, a run-down hotel in the middle of nowhere that serves as the perfect hideout for mob informant Nick Galeazzo (Andy Browers).

On the run with FBI agent Angela Miller (Sarah Bull), Nick is paranoid that every hotel guest is out to kill him. Everyone is a suspect, and eventually the murderous mayhem begins.

"The Last Resort" is masterfully written by Norm Foster, the most-produced and prolific comic playwright in Canada, with a fun musical score by Canadian composer Leslie Arden.

The Long Lake Theater production is directed by Juliann Kjenaas. Kjenaas has been the drama coach at Park Rapids Area High School for the past nine years. At Long Lake Theater, she was the director for "Nunsense," "Don't Hug Me," and "The Kitchen Witches," among others.

Gary Stennes serves as musical director and accompanist.

Resort owner Freda Heitz (Nick Dahn) has her work cut out for her in trying to keep all her guests happy. Her Brazilian night festivities unexpectedly provide both party and motive.

Certainly, the Barzinis (Dennis Skjonsby and Juliann Kjenaas), a tourist couple celebrating their anniversary, get more than they bargained for, and poet Trent Balfour (Aaron Kjenaas) finds inspiration for his writer's block. The assortment of wacky characters includes twin sisters Julia and Jessica Youngstead (Liz MacGregor) on their way to a controversial reading of their father's will. Inspector Closely (David Overly) is the police detective who must crack the tough case.

Performances are at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays from July 6-29. There is an additional 7:30 p.m. performance on Wednesday, July 27. To make reservations, call 732-0099 or visit Tickets are also available at Beagle Books, Sister Wolf Books or at the door.

Ticket holders to the opening matinee today (Wednesday) are invited to a gala at Jewel of the Northwoods B&B following the show to mingle with the cast and enjoy light refreshments.