SYNOPSIS: On an island in the middle of a lake, in a remote part of the English countryside, ten people have gathered by invitation at the estate of Lord Dudley Rancour, their mysterious and unseen host. One by one, the guests and staff are murdered in spectacular ways, while the survivors try to discover who the killer is before he/she strikes again. Something’s Afootcombines the whodunit plot of an Agatha Christie story with the playful musical score and songs of a classic musical comedy.
LANGUAGE: Nothing stronger than a few exclamatory oaths—“Oh my God,” “Good God,” “damned” and dammit”—and some very mild slang expressions.
SMOKING/DRINKING/DRUG USE: There is no smoking or drug use. The guests may fortify themselves with drink while murder and mayhem are being committed all around them.
VIOLENCE: This is a musical-comedy murder-mystery, so characters are killed off one by one in unusual but mostly comical ways. The murders are committed in ways that would not frighten even younger children.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?: Something’s Afoot is suitable for all general audiences, including children aged ten and up. There is nothing inappropriate in the musical for children aged 5-9, although the show might not hold the interest of some younger children.
RATING: If it were a movie, Something’s Afoot would likely be rated “PG.”