Monday, August 08, 2022

Annual Dinner Theatre Murder Mystery Production | Pitman Reception Center, Wentzville, MO | August 26, 2022

Annual Dinner Theatre Murder Mystery Production of "Dead Air" by Lee Mueller | Pitman Reception Center, Wentzville, MO | August 26, 2022: Annual Dinner Theatre Murder Mystery Production happening at Pitman Reception Center, 1545 A Wentzville Parkway,Wentzville,MO,United States, Wentzville, United States on Fri Aug 26 2022 at 06:15 pm to 10:00 pm

Monday, July 25, 2022

Did You Always Want To Be A Playwright ? The low down from Lee Mueller

Did You Always Want To Be A Playwright?

Friday, June 10, 2022

Keeping the Creativity Flowing by Keeping the Mind Open

A few stories for you to open up your little gray cells to all that is possible out there. First is the story of Keith Jarrett and the Koln Concert - how he was able to overcome some large problems to make everything work and create his best-selling live album when he wasn't sure he could get through the concert. Next, learn how keeping an open mind can help you grow as a creative person and heck - even as a decent human on this planet Earth.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Review: "I'm Getting Murdered in the Morning" by ACT at The College Of New Jersey

From an article in The Signal by Lindsey Borda

 Students at the College of New Jersey enjoyed a night of drama, mystery, and fun at All College Theatre's (ACT) fifth annual Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner, titled "I'm Getting Murdered in the Morning." The show was presented in the Cromwell Main Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings.

This year's Murder Mystery Dinner was written by Lee Mueller. The action follows the reception of newlyweds Edward Crock and Brenda Anne Marie. Their wedding reception is interrupted by the murder of an uninvited guest, and the characters and audience members must work together to uncover the identity of the murderer.

The Murder Mystery Dinner is an unusual type of drama because the characters are allowed to interact with the audience. The audience can play a role in the action by guessing the murderer's identity.

"It really breaks down the wall between the actors and the audience," Susan Pedersen, a sophomore English major who played the DJ, said. "Instead of pretending no one is watching us, the Murder Mystery players thrive on audience participation and feedback."

Amanda Ganza, a sophomore biology major and the inebriated mother of the bride, shares in Perdersen's outlook.

"The entire production has such a welcoming atmosphere and it makes the audience feel like they are a part of the show," Ganza said. "A lot of the students come to see their friends and try to get them to break character, and it is fun to be able to ask the actors questions and venture a guess as to who committed the murder."

Another aspect to the Murder Mystery Dinner is that every character is important, from the biggest roles to a member of the ensemble. This is due to the fact that every cast member interacts with the audience and everyone in the play is a suspect in the murder investigation.

"Playing my character is a lot of fun," cast member Lemor Bar-or, junior elementary education/sociology major, said. "Although it is not a principal role, it is somewhat integral to the plotline and it also gives the audience one more reason to question their response as to who is the murderer."
The Murder Mystery Dinner, which featured catering by Mama Flora's, proved to be a memorable experience.

Senior finance major Mike Scotto attended a performance and said the cast members are not alone in their viewpoint that this type of show is unique at the College.

"Sometimes I feel like there aren't a lot of activities," he said. "This type of performance really breaks the mold and gives students something different to do."

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

"I'm Getting Murdered In The Morning" at Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre


Fargo/Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) will present the Murder Mystery Comedy Play  "I'm Getting Murdered In The Morning" by Lee Mueller on April 9th at Stiklestad Lodge in Fort Ransom SD. On April 22 & 23 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead MN and April 29th at Bonanzaville in West Fargo ND. 

What is this play about? Well, imagine you are attending a Wedding reception and During the garter toss a mysterious man falls dead on the dance floor. He appears to be shot. But how? From Where? And oh yeah... Why?

 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.

Friday, February 25, 2022

"Talk About A Murder" at Carlisle Visitors Center, Lagrange OH

 The Friends of the Metro Parks of Lorain County will present its annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, “Talk About a Murder” by Lee Mueller on Fridays and Saturdays, April 29 and 30, and May 6, 7, 13, and 14. There will also be a Sunday matinee on May 15.

Performances will be at the Carlisle Visitors Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, Carlisle Township.

Tickets are $30 each or $58 for couples. Group rates for 10 or more are available on request.

Tickets will go on sale on March 15. Order by calling (216) 544-3865.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

"An Audition For A Murder" at Fort Scott High School

Fort Scott Kansas - The FSHS Thespians perform “An Audition for a Murder,” a comedy murder mystery by Lee Mueller, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 19 in the FSHS Auditorium. 

 The production features a community theatre troupe holding auditions for a Murder Mystery called “Death of A Disco Dancer.” All of the typical actors show up to audition, but as they get underway, there’s a bit of a problem with the “script,” it isn’t finished. The playwright arrives in the nick of time with a few more finished pages just as one of the actors mysteriously dies. As luck would have it, an inspector arrives to give advice on 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! The production involves a cast of 14 including seniors Christina King and Zaria Byrd; juniors Israel Carreno and Luke Majors; sophomores Casey Gomez, Regen Wells, Jaedyn Lewis, Jericho Jones, and Lizzy Moore; and freshmen Emma Guns, Mykael Lewis, Kaiden Clary, Piper Weeks, and Madison (River) Smith. The play is directed by Thespian sponsor Angie Bin.
“This show is a fun way for our students to interact with the audience and really give our community an immersive theatre experience,” Bin said. “We have had such an enjoyable time rehearsing and I am especially proud of our freshmen making their stage debut in this production.”
Reserved seating tickets are available for $5 from fortscotthighschool.ludus.com or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

A Collection Of Short Stories -How It All Started

Sometimes people who talk about being "Creative" need to actually do something Creative. So, I did. I wrote a book. How did I go about the process? I will tell you the story. Not the short story but the story about the short stories. Yes, that. From the Podcast "And So The Mind Reels" with your host Lee Mueller

Monday, December 13, 2021

"Idle Essence - Tales Of Marvin: A Collection of Short Stories"

 Many people may not know that way before I wrote comedy murder mystery plays, I wrote stories.  It began when I was very young, I had an overactive imagination that had time to ferment since I was an only child and spent quite a lot of time alone. I read a lot and created my own stories. While the world took a health break in 2020, and live theatre had to stop, I looked back at my simple stories and decided to turn my attention there.


I took a few early memories and started writing them down as short stories. The memories reflected what it was like growing up in the Midwest in the  1960s and on into the early 1970s.   The first thing I did was move the first-person perspective away from myself and toss it over to the third person. I felt this would free up any personal attachments to the stories, plus it would allow fictional enhancements to weave into the thin ribbon of truth.  I wasn't interested in writing a memoir--a true-to-life portrait--but more something akin to an impression of a memory.  Not an actual picture of waterlilies but Monet's waterlilies, if you get my meaning.   I created the character of Marvin Milstead to represent a  mirror of myself, in much the same way Mark Twain echoed himself in Tom Sawyer. As  I wrote it was as if a portal opened,  one story reminded me of something else and that begat more memories which lead to more stories and so forth and so on.   Each story explores a different point, event, and time period in Marvin's life from the first day of kindergarten with Kitties In The Garden through the divorce of his parents and being raised by grandparents and a single mother in the stories For A Change.   I finally decided to collect them all into a book and see what would happen.  Idle Essence is the result. 

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

"A Murder Has Been Renounced" at Salmon Arms Actors Studio


Salmon Arms Actors Studio in Salmon Arm British Columbia Canada will present a production of the murder mystery comedy play "A Murder Has Been Renounced" by Lee Mueller.  The plot revolves around Private detective Nick Dashell and his wife Darla. Their car has broken down one dark and stormy night. They seek shelter in a 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 phone lines are down and the roads are washed out due to the storm. If that was not enough, they find themselves involved in mysterious events: Mrs. Ludos' necklace has been stolen and gunshots were heard.

 Should Nick and Darla 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 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.

Performances will be on December 3rd and 4th. Doors open at 6pm Show begins at 7pm. Location is the Greenspace Hall at First Community United Church which is at Okanagan Avenue & 5Th St. SE, Salmon Arm, BC