'Ten Little Indians' counting down at John Burroughs

Irma Lemus, Enjoy!

BURBANK -- It's a mystery that will leave the audience wondering who

the killer is right up to the last minute.

John Burroughs High School drama students will take to the stage this

week for three performances of "Ten Little Indians," a play based on

Agatha Christie's mystery novel "And Then There Were None."

About 30 students have been working both on and off stage since

February to get the production together, said William Whited, Burroughs

drama teacher and the play's director. "Ten Little Indians" is the

department's major production of the year, he said.

Antique furniture, borrowed from Warner Bros. Studios, will serve as

the backdrop to a murder mystery set in the 1930s. Ten guests are invited

to an English island but their ranks soon begin to thin.

Whited said the production has been a team effort.

"The support that we've gotten from the community has been

great...some have donated their time and money to make up posters for

us," Whited said.

Biaggio Paternostro, who plays "Giovani" a loud and crude buggy

driver, provides comic relief during the intense drama. Since his

character appears in only a few scenes, the 17-year-old junior said he

wanted to make them as memorable as possible for the audience.

"It's a different twist to the character," Paternostro said.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: "Ten Little Indians."

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

WHERE: John Burroughs High School Auditorium, 1920 W. Clark Ave.,

Burbank.

TICKETS: $6; seniors and students are $4.

PHONE: 558-4777.

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