Theatre can be a tough business, but as suggested by the title, things take a deadly turn in James Reach's comic play Murder Takes the Stage, Barrie Prep's 2014 Fall Play. Excellently suited to Barrie's black-box Safer Theater, the play takes place in a summer stock company starting rehearsals for a new play to open their season. Theatre-owner Jane Bond's eager niece, Mitzi, has just joined the company and naturally falls into the role of ingenue. Playwright Drew Pelman has convinced the glamorous actress Hazel Laverne to star in the production, which includes a stage murder -- which turns real when Hazel is shot with a prop gun loaded with real bullets. Despite the seemingly serious subject, the production featured numerous opportunities for our actors to show off their comic chops. Many thanks to the cast, crew, parents, and faculty members who made the show a success.