Paige Marshall speaks
MURDER FOR CHOIR
Book 1 of The Glee Club Mysteries
By Joelle Charbonneau
On stage I’ve played a cockney flower girl who is taught to speak like royalty, the youngest daughter of a general willing to fight an entire ship of pirates to marry the love of her life and a woman who died tragically in an avalanche. I’ve had doors proverbially slammed in my face by haughty directors, catty sopranos give me the evil eye and reviewers rake me over the coals. So you would think that facing a room full of teenagers would be a piece of cake. Right?
In all my thirty years, I’ve never seen as much attitude and angst in one room. Those two things wouldn’t be so bad if I weren’t charged with channeling those energies into a show choir team that will win Nationals this year. Of course, to do that I have to get these kids to listen to me. Which at the moment seems like a chancy prospect at best since they seem to think my professional opera and legit musical theater credits are a strike against me. Then again, they might be right. I mean, the only things I really know about show choirs is that they sing cheesy music and wear lots of sequins.
The good news is that the home economics teacher and show choir wardrobe mistress is pretty nice. And the handsome theater instructor, Devlyn O’Shea, is not only a great dancer, he’s willing to aid me in creating the choreography. Of course, I’m still hoping that my manager calls to tell me that I have been offered the part of a lifetime. That would eliminate my need for the paycheck this job is providing. But until then, I guess I should get to work. To do that I need a piano and the one on the auditorium stage looks like it will fit the bill.
Or maybe not.
I think there might be someone sitting behind the grand piano and I don’t think he’s moving.
Um…why don’t you go to the back of the theater while I dial 911? I’m not an expert, but I’m pretty sure the guy on stage is well…dead.
Joelle Charbonneau has performed in a variety of opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and uses her stage experience to create compelling characters in her books. She is the author of two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (Minotaur Books) and the soon to debut Glee Club mystery series (MURDER FOR CHOIR, Berkley, July 3). Joelle is also the author of the Graduation Day young adult trilogy that will debut with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s in Spring 2013. Learn more at www.joellecharbonneau.com