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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Newburgh Community Theater is 'Getting Murdered in the Morning' dinner theater

Newburgh Community Theater's next event will be a night of firsts.
The productions will be the group’s first attempt at hosting a murder mystery event, which will be the first in memory for the community as well.
Newburgh Community Theater will be bringing to life “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning,” by playwright Lee Mueller. The play brings in the audience as members of a wedding reception gone tragically and comically wrong.
There will be a public performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Preservation Hall at 200 State St. in Newburgh Indiana, but the cast will also be taking the show to a private performance the next day at Rolling Hills Country Club.
After watching their daughter tie the knot, the wealthy Montagues receive an unwelcome surprise when a mysterious man drops dead on the dance floor at the reception. Public relations panic ensues as family secrets come to light and a nosey and obtrusive society columnist looks forward to writing the scandal of the season.
The rehearsals over the last month have kept the cast belly laughing almost continuously.
For tickets and information, visit newburghcommunitytheater.org. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"An Audition For A Murder" will Benefit Leeds Center For The Arts

An Audition For A Murder by Lee Mueller
An Audition for a Murder” takes you to The Westchester Community Theatre, where open auditions are being held for its next production, ‘Death of a Disco Dancer,’ written by a locally known playwright. 
As local actors show up for cold readings, it becomes evident that there is some animosity among those who have worked together before.  Over the course of auditions, someone dies!  The audience will be asked to try to determine who the killer(s) is and how they did it.
This event on February 25th at the Winchester Opera House is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the local arts center in Winchester.  The evening will include dinner, the show, as well as live and silent auctions.  A cash bar will also be available.
Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and show beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50 each.
For more information, head to leedscenter.org, check out their Facebook page or call (859) 744-6437.
The Winchester Opera House is located at 10 East Lexington Avenue, in Winchester KY
Unable to attend or not in the area? No problem. You can read the play!

Friday, February 10, 2017

El Paseo Arts present "Murder Me Always"

On February 21st and 22nd, El Paseo Arts Foundation transforms the ballroom at the Isla Grand Beach Resort into a Mystery Dinner Theatre for a production of the comedy mystery spoof, Murder Me Always by Lee Mueller. 

Doors to the Ballroom open for sponsor seating at 6:20 p.m. and for general seating at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be open from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. when the curtain goes up on the play. The actors will be circulating among the audience during the cocktail hour, providing some information about themselves and possibly some clues about the Murder that will occur during the play. 

Tickets for M**der Me Always are $30 per person, $25 for El Paseo Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, SOS, PadreRitaGrill, the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square, and online at www.elpaseoarts.org. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

"I'm Getting Murdered In The Morning" at Beaverton High School Oct 28 & 29th

Beaverton Jr./Sr. High Drama in Beaverton Michigan will host its annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning” by Lee Mueller, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 and Saturday, Oct. 29 at the at the Beaverton Activity Center (BAC). Performances start at 6 p.m. and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

During the garter toss at Brenda and Eddie's Wedding Reception, a mysterious man falls dead on the dance floor. Luckily the bride's father -the wealthy Harold Montague -invited Damage control expert Mr. Parker to the event. Parker tries "spinning" the murder as "nothing to worry about" but Society columnist Mary Berger insists "something be done". 

Something like - hold the presses because this could be the "Society Scandal" of the year. Not only was a man shot during the garter toss but it seems the mysterious Dead Man has ties to both the Groom and Bride's family. Secrets that both sides do not wish to reveal. Nonetheless, with some persuasion of Mr. Parker, the reception continues as planned and the Murder Mystery takes a back seat. For a while.

Tickets are being sold in advance for food preparation reasons with no refunds available. The public is welcome and the cost is $15 per adult and $10 for children (10 and under with an adult). 
For ticket/dinner information contact Becky Miller at 989-246-3341 or 989-329-8348. Sorry, no ticket sales at the door. Come join the fun, and enjoy dinner out with family and friends. Tickets are on sale until Saturday, Oct. 22.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Alden Christian Theatre in Alden NY Presents "Murder Me Always" in October

ACTS - The Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St. in the Village of Alden, will present a dinner theater production of “Murder Me Always” by Lee Muller, a comedy murder mystery show, on Fridays and Saturdays October 7 & 8 and 14 & 15.

The dinner will begin the evening at 6pm. Tickets are $25 for the dinner and the show and must be purchased in advanced to reserve seating. The dinner entrĂ©e choices of pork tenderloin or chicken cordon bleu will be served with salad, potato, vegetable, or vegetable lasagna and salad. All meals include desserts and drinks. The comedy murder mystery will begin at 7:30.


During a very bad performance of "Murder Me Always", an actual murder takes place off stage. The director is shot. The "fake" play comes to a screeching halt and a "real" murder mystery begins. It seems a "Murder Mystery Murderer" is on the loose and has struck again. Luckily, a 1940s pulp fiction type gumshoe has staked out the audience and rises to the occasion to begin an investigation. Could it be that one of these very bad actors is really a very bad person? Will this "real" murder mystery be any better than the fake one? Is art imitating life? Is the play really the thing? Don’t miss your chance to figure out who the murderer is while laughing all evening.


Limited tickets are also available to those who cannot make the dinner but still wish to see the show. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the 7:30 show $12 general admission and $10 for seniors/students. Call ACTS to purchase tickets for dinner and to reserve tables or for tickets to see the show at 937-7770.

"An Audition For A Murder" in October in Iowa and Wisconsin

"AN AUDITION FOR A MURDER" will start off October in Waupun Wisconsin October 7th and 8th, presented by the Waupun Community Players on the Waupun City Hall Stage.

So tell us about this Audition show thing. OK  The thing is  (the plot)   A Theatre group is holding auditions for a Murder Mystery called "Death of A Disco Dancer". 

Hey, isn't that a song by The Smiths?  Yes. Yes it is. 

Anyway,  

All of the typical actors show up to audition. There is Mia Monahan - the militant method actress, Amber Frost- the ditzy Drama queen, Chad - the energetic actor who never seems to get a part in anything, Alan- the accomplished Theatre Major who works at a fast food place in the mean time. Troy May - the ego-centric actor who always gets a role and his gorgeous assistant Tantanya who holds his imported bottled water and carries his Portfolio. And last but not least, Mrs. Needleman and her precious daughter Julie , fresh from the Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant finals.


The auditions get underway without too many problems, well a few.. Well, all right, you see, the thing is.. the Director Vivian Vinderlou and assistant director Reed Moore have a bit of the problem with "script". The problem is they don't have enough copies for everyone. And the bigger problem is they don't actually have a finished script. 
Jim Culter- the playwright arrives in the nick of time with a few more copies and a few more finished pages just as one of the actors mysteriously dies. As luck would have it, Jim has brought Inspector Bonnie Brauvera along to the auditions to serve as Technical advisor for the play. Perhaps the investigation into this "mysterious death" will inspire the playwright and help him finish the play. After all, there is a read-through on Monday.

 On October 28th and 29th  The Carousel Theatre of Indianola will also present the play at the  La Vida Loca Winery 
  • Address: 7852 Jesup Street, Indianola, IA 50125
Doors open at 5:00 with the show to begin at 6:30
Oct 28th Menu $45.00 per person

Oct 29th Murder Mystery Appetizer Show $38.00 per person 


But I don't live anywhere near the upper midwest region. Couldn't I just... I don't know... Read it or something?
Why yes, Yes you can.

Click HERE to find it on Amazon. 






Monday, August 22, 2016

Monaghan Pink Ladies "Audition For A Murder" and a Wonderful Charity


At the Garage Theatre  in Monaghan Ireland, not to be confused with Monaghan somewhere else, the Monaghan Pink Ladies will be presenting "An Audition For A Murder" on Sept 29th and 30th.  

Cast Member Julie-Ann sent a message to me letting me know the Pink Ladies do a play every year to raise money for charity. This is their 3rd year. 

" This year our chosen charity is a group that helps Irish families to repatriate their loved ones who die abroad. In our small town we have had a few families who have had to avail of this service and last year when the Irish students got killed in the California balcony collapse, the Kevin Bell Repatriation fund really helped with all the costs and red tape."
It's always nice to hear from groups that your play went over well and the audiences loved it. It's even better to hear that your work is being used to help in a worthy manner or cause. 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Peninsula Players Present "Murder Me Always" at Ocean Park Lutheran

Ocean Park Lutheran Church and the Peninsula Players announce another Mystery Dinner Theater scheduled for July 20, 21 and 22 at 24002 U Street, Ocean Park WA. 



Rob Lindberg will direct “Murder Me Always,” a play written by the prolific mystery writer, Lee Mueller. Peninsula Players invites everyone to enjoy a fabulous meal, while being entertained by some of the most enthusiastic actors you will find anywhere in the world!

As the story unfolds, it may soon become clear to the audience that this play has a mysterious quirk. And, in the midst of all this alleged murdering going on, suddenly the play pivots 180 degrees and morphs into another play! Come see how strangely twisted and mysteriously sinuous a mystery play can become!

Tickets are available by reservation only and can be obtained at the box office at Ocean Park Lutheran Church, open Monday through Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.,

Monday, May 09, 2016

"A Murder Has Been Renounced" Premieres Here and There

My newest murder mystery comedy "A Murder Has Been Renounced" will make it's debut to both sides of the world .. literally. In June in White Stone Virginia, USA  and then in July in Queensland Australia. 


The play centers around Detective Nick Dashell and his wife Darla (previously appearing in the play "Irritation To A Murder")  the couple find themselves stranded in a remote area. The car has broken down. They seek shelter in  large estate populated by some very odd ball characters such as a sarcastic maid named Deidre and a shady gentleman named Captain Trucage. 

Only seeking to use the phone, they learn the lines are down and the roads are washed out due to the storm. It that were not enough, they also find themselves involved in some mysterious events: Mrs Ludos' necklace is stolen and gunshots were heard.

 Should they hang out and help solve the mystery? Sure, why not? After all, they can't leave. Perhaps stranger than the inexplicable occurrences of the evening, are the actual guests they find at the estate. Everyone is acting very oddly and using really bad British accents. And when one of the guests is found strangled in the kitchen, no one seems to be alarmed except for Nick and Darla. Typical.

The Lancaster Players in White Stone Virginia will present the World Premiere at the Playhouse  361 Chesapeake Drive (Rt 200) in White Stone on   June 10-11 & 17-18 & 23-24-25 - Evenings 7:00PM Social Hour – 8:00PM Curtain  and June 12 & 19 - Matinees 2:00PM Social Hour – 3:00PM Curtain 

The Maleny Players in Maleny Queensland will present the play on 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th July, with an extra performance on Wednesday 20th July at the Maleny Playhouse located on the Maleny Showgrounds

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Lancaster High School Presents "I'm Getting Murdered In the Morning"

I'm Getting Murdered In the Morning cast of Lancaster High School
 Lancaster High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Lancaster NY, will host its annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre - I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning by Lee Mueller on Saturday, May 14, with performances at 1 and 5 p.m.
"I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning” is a humorous murder mystery that takes place at a wedding reception. During the garter toss at Brenda and Eddie's Wedding Reception, a mysterious man falls dead on the dance floor from a gun shot. Luckily the bride's father -the wealthy Harold Montague -invited Damage control expert Mr. Parker to the event.
 Parker tries "spinning" the murder as "nothing to worry about" but Society columnist Mary Berger insists "something be done". Something like - hold the presses because this could be the "Society Scandal" of the year. Not only was a man shot during the garter toss but it seems the mysterious Dead Man has ties to both the Groom and Bride's family. Secrets that both sides do not wish to reveal. None the less, with some persuasion of Mr. Parker, the reception continues as planned and the Murder Mystery takes a back seat. For a while.
The Dinner Theatre is only one aspect of Lancaster’s Festival of Arts. There are many events taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.  Admission to the Festival of the Arts is free, and tickets for the dinner theatre performances are available for $15. The ticket includes admission to the show, a Chiavetta’s chicken dinner with drink and dessert, and a free spin on the prize wheel. Chiavetta’s dinners will also be available for takeout after 1 p.m. until sold out for $9 each.

Can't attend the play? Why not read it?
"I'm Getting Murdered In The Morning" by Lee Mueller
 Available in print or kindle
Click here for details

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

"Irritation To A Murder" with Wilkes Playmaker and Alleghany Community Theatre

Wilkes Playmakers are partnering with Alleghany Community Theatre of Sparta to bring a special event to Benton Hall at 7 p.m. May 6 and 7.
Alleghany Community Theatre will bring its production of the audience-participation murder mystery, "Irritation to Murder," by Lee Mueller to Benton Hall.

This will be a dessert theater with scrumptious desserts, coffees and teas served in the Great Hall, theater officials said.
ACT cast includes Michael “Poss” Hamm, Lily Nilo, Jasper Price, Kevin Bennett, Kelaiya LeMasters Davis, Trent Chappell, Jesse McCall, Donny McCall, Crystal Billings and Bridgette Sturgill.
Many of these performers have professional training, as well as experience, having performed in a variety of stage and film productions, theater officials said.
Seating is limited for this special event. All tickets are $15 and include the show and desserts.
Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.wilkesplaymakers.com or may be purchased at the box office one hour prior to showtimes depending upon availability.