2017-12-07 / Life in Leelanau

Northport students perform a ‘red herring’


NINE NORTHPORT students had roles in ‘The Long Red Herring,’ including, from left, Sarah Reynolds, Sophie Stowe, Lillian Kinker, Emily Reynolds, Brett Dyer and Austin Huck. Not shown are Grace Cook, Navneet Dhami and Zack Stowe. 
Photo credit: Dan Duffiney NINE NORTHPORT students had roles in ‘The Long Red Herring,’ including, from left, Sarah Reynolds, Sophie Stowe, Lillian Kinker, Emily Reynolds, Brett Dyer and Austin Huck. Not shown are Grace Cook, Navneet Dhami and Zack Stowe. Photo credit: Dan Duffiney Was it a final exam? Or an elaborate alibi created by the professor of a creative writing course to cover the murder of his wife?

Those questions were answered last weekend at the Northport High School performance of “The Long Red Herring,” a play filled with madcap moments and comic intrigue.

The script was written by Pat Cook and the play was directed by middle school English teacher Donna Wilson. Student director Zach Stowe also lent a hand.

The play was well-attended, Wilson said.

The play featured nine actors and was set in 1984 at the fictitious Gull Island University. Locals recognized the setting as a small, abandoned island in Northport Bay.


SOPHIE STOWE and Sarah Reynolds act out a scene from ‘The Long Red Herring’ put on by the Northport High School drama department over the weekend. Photo credit: Dan Duffiney SOPHIE STOWE and Sarah Reynolds act out a scene from ‘The Long Red Herring’ put on by the Northport High School drama department over the weekend. Photo credit: Dan Duffiney The two-level set was designed and built by seven students and their teacher, Steve Wetherbee, in the set-design class.

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