November 1, 2021–All are welcome on board as Hartland High School Drama Club proudly returns to the
stage for its production of “Murder on the 518,” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 12 to 14, at Hartland High
School (HHS), 10635 Dunham Road in Hartland. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
It has been two years since the club was last able to perform a live show on the stage for an audience. According to Artistic Director Scott Usher, this production is especially significant to the club as it works tirelessly to produce its first live performance since “Clue: On Stage” in 2019. The cast, crew, and Director are excited to be working together again–and hope the community comes to support them, and be entertained! “Our student actors and crew members love live storytelling,” says Usher. “Seeing their creations (whether it be a character, set piece, costume, prop or something else) come to life is so fulfilling to each of them. We are so blessed to be able to return to doing what we all love to do, and, while we have missed the laughter and applause of the past year and a half, it will make it just that much more meaningful to hear it from our devoted live audiences this fall.”
Not everything, or everyone, is as it seems in this murder mystery full of all the usual suspects. The full-length
play takes audiences on quite the ride as the story of red-eye travelers on the westbound 518 unfolds. When one
passenger, and then another, mysteriously drop dead right before their eyes, it appears the pair has been
poisoned — making everyone in the train’s dining car a suspect!
HHS senior Sidney Furge, who plays the role of Lucy Blake and is the play’s student director, agrees. “I’m so
thrilled that we are able to put on a show this fall,” she says. “This show has already been so much fun, being
both on stage again and working alongside Mr. Usher, aiding in directing. The cast and crew have worked so
hard, and I can’t wait to perform in front of an audience again!”
Tickets are available online at www.hartlanddramaclub.com and at the door. Individual tickets
purchased in advance are $13 for adults and $11 for students, children and seniors. Tickets purchased at
the door are $15 for adults and $13 for students, children and seniors. Group rates are also available.
Hold on tight — “Murder on the 518” is no ordinary train ride!
For more information, contact Scott Usher at 810-626-2360 or via e-mail at