Rocky Raccoon behind bars at the HCCT. The felonious critter was caught in the act of making a mess in the theatre.
By Lew K. Cohn
It was a mystery that bedeviled the cast of the newest Hill Country Community Theatre play, “Murder Weapon.”
What was in the theatre building in Cottonwood Shores that was leaving behind a mess, including overturned coffee cups and tossed trash, as evidence of its existence? Could it be a poltergeist or perhaps something far more sinister?
As it turns out, the culprit was caught after a trap was laid nearly as craftily as the one set for the suspect in the late Brian Clemens' suspenseful thriller, set to debut at the theatre on April 20.
The cast held a character workshop Thursday, March 30, before a cage trap was set out on the stage. At 7:45 a.m., play director Laura Gisi came into the theatre and found the culprit, Rocky Raccoon, wearing his “mask” and finally where he belonged – behind bars.
Playwright Phil Olson, center, and the cast and crew of the Hill Country Community Theatre's production of "Don't Hug Me."
By Lew K. Cohn
The laughter and chuckling coming from a seat in the middle of the auditorium was easy to notice on Labor Day evening. Coming from any other audience member would be encouraging enough for the cast of Hill Country Community Theatre's latest offering, the musical comedy “Don't Hug Me.”
That the laughter belonged the man who wrote the book and lyrics to the musical, playwright Phil Olson, seemed to make rehearsal even more electric for the cast and crew.
A patron looks at the damage done when the ceiling collapsed at Julie's Cocina in Cottonwood Shores just after 8 p.m. tonight. It is believed that a series of storms may have caused the roof to leak and weaken. The restaurant was shut down for the night for safety precautions.
May 7 election results are in, but the Texas Party Primary Run-off election is May 24. Early voting takes place May 16-20 and you can visit www.VoteTexas.gov to schedule a text reminder and learn more. Visit www.BurnetCountyTexas.org to review sample ballots, polling place information and more.
By Lew K. Cohn
Granite Shoals Police Chief Gary Boshears was elected to Place 1 of the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees, while Tony Satsky and Cheryl Mott Trinidad won seats on the Cottonwood Shores City Council in today's school board and municipal elections.
By Glynis Crawford Smith
The villainous Captain Lesgate (played by Guy Gober) attacks Margot Wendice (played by Alexandria Randolph) in 'Dial M for Murder.'
The Hill Country Community Theater production of the classic thriller “Dial M for Murder” through March 6.
Frederick Knott’s story of dark betrayal is performed by a cast of seven under the direction of Mike Rademaekers and assistant Holden Fox. Actors include Glen Bird as Tony Wendice, Alexandria Randolph as Margot Wendice, Patrick Lescarbeau as her enamoured defender Max Halliday, Guy Gober as the assassin Captain Lesgate, Randy Hilmer as Chief Inspector Hubbard and Corey Bogue as Officer Thompson.
Performances areThursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:15 p.m.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children and students. For reservations call 830-798-8944, visit online at www.theHCCT.org or noon-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the theater box office, 4003 West Ranch to Market Road 2147, Cottonwood Shores.
City council election filing closed Friday, Feb. 19, and today, Feb. 23, is the last day to declare a write-in candidacy. So far, only Granite Shoals and Cottonwood Shores in south Burnet County report contested seats on their councils.
For a roundup of candidates filing in those cities, Marble Falls, Meadowlakes and Highland Haven, see today's edition of The Highlander.