Detective Jay Malone (Robert Schley) searches tirelessly for desperate kidnapped girl Josephine Grammatico (Inge Van Buren) in Kalamalka Secondary School’s production of Idiosyncrasies.

Detective Jay Malone (Robert Schley) searches tirelessly for desperate kidnapped girl Josephine Grammatico (Inge Van Buren) in Kalamalka Secondary School’s production of Idiosyncrasies.

Students pen madcap mystery

  • May. 22, 2011 4:00 p.m.

An evening of shock, surprise, and utter astonishment awaits when the theatrical production class at Kalamalka Secondary School takes audiences back to the Dirty ‘30s for its self-written play, Idiosyncrasies.

“The story centres on the kidnapping of an innocent young girl that rocks the very foundation of a Lower East-Side tenement building to its core,” said student Jeremy Woo who is part of the production.

The play follows steely-eyed detective Jay Malone, who takes on the troubling investigation and attempts to locate the missing girl, only to stumble upon peculiar, desperate and downright odd characters occupying the appalling apartments.

Although a prostitute, a washed-up Broadway landlady, confounded robbers, a bare-knuckled boxer, a grifter, a senile couple and many others don’t share much in common, they are all trying to make it through another day as destitute people during dire times in America.

Can Det. Malone sort through this motley crew and find the girl? And more importantly, can he find the sick culprit?

Students from the class wrote the play and are producing it with the help of Kal’s drama teacher Shon Thomas.

“Some individual scenes are actually directed by senior students, along with some stunning choreography,” said Thomas. “With the show, set, and props coming together piece by piece and rehearsals commencing, students are finding it hard to hide their enthusiasm.”

Idiosyncrasies opens at Kalamalka Secondary’s Apple Box Theatre Thursday, May 26 and runs to Friday, June 3. (No shows May 29 or June 2.) All start at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee presentation Saturday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.