Friday, February 12, 2010

Killer Wedding Reception

From the Daily Triplicate in Crescent City California. Article on Del Norte High School's production of "I'm Getting Murdered In The Morning".

Written by Adam Madison, The Triplicate
The public is invited to a wedding reception Feb. 27 and it’s not going to be over until someone is dead.

It’s all part of a murder-mystery dinner theater event planned by Del Norte High School drama students, who spent part of their Saturday rehearsing in costume at the school.

“The purpose of the play is for them (audience members) to actually feel like they were at a real reception,” said Alisa Rojas, student director and maid of honor.

Attendees can expect to take part in the action, because the players will be prompting the audience’s participation, Rojas said Saturday.

The audience can even fill out a resolution card to tell the players who they think the killer is.

“They can get in on the dancing between scenes, they can catch the bouquet and they can participate during the garter toss,” Rojas said.

The production of Lee Mueller’s “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning” begins at 7 p.m. on the school’s Multi- Purpose Room stage at 7 p.m., and it’s a Saturday-night-only event after originally being planned for two nights.

The dinner will be catered by Fabulous Foods by Julie (Violante) and includes chicken breast, rice pilaf, salads, Portuguese sweet bread and beverages. And, of course, wedding cake.

Deborah Scott, DNHS theater and English teacher, is directing the performance with Rojas’ help.

Scott said dinner theater doesn’t happen overnight.

“We came up with the idea last October, we thought something with audience participation would be fun,” said Scott.

She kept an eye on her players and held a script up as she talked about the work that goes into a murder mystery, especially one where guests can participate.

“Tasha come on get ready, Robert let’s go,” she yelled, clapping excitedly.

Along with “various strangers and dancer,” according to the playbill, more than 20 students will be acting, as well as serving food at the event. Bride Brenda Montague is played by Shannon Benn and groom Edward Crock is played by Tasha Thiessen.

The price for dinner and a play is $25 for a single person, $40 for a couple, and $17 apiece for people in groups of four or more. Tickets are available at the DNHS main office at 1301 El Dorado Street, Del Norte Office Supply at 240 I Street and from DNHS theater students.

For more information contact DNHS at 464-0274.

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