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Peake Players Present Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Posted on Monday, June 14, 2004


The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre by Peter DePietro, the Peake Players second annual murder mystery dinner theatre, will be presented at Chesapeake College on weekends from July 9 through August 1. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for students/seniors.

This year’s "event" is the annual Birchbumble family reunion. Audience members are all Birchbumble "kinfolk." They will receive a nametag and an identity when they arrive and are invited to play their "role" throughout the evening. In the course of dinner, bodies will fall and the audience is invited to assist our FBI agent in determining "whodunnit." Audience members interact with the characters as much or as little as they choose. They are invited to interrogate the suspects and ask any questions they like. At the end of the evening, everyone submits a resolution form stating who they think the murderers are and the motives for the killings. There is a prize for the best answer and for the silliest, most off-the-wall answer. This is an evening of entertainment, silliness, and fun.

Dinner will consist of a down-home barbeque, complete with iced tea, coffee and dessert. The event will be held in the gym, located in the Physical Education Building.

The cast consists of Patrick Fee as Huck Birchbumble, the family patriarch; Nancy Caldeira as his wife, Gardenia; Erica Tecce as their sweet innocent daughter, Sally Mae; Rob Jump as their very strange daughter, Mary Lou; Bruce Grove as Jethro Brylcream, Sally Mae’s womanizing fiance; Erik Murray as Clementine Serendipity, the IRS agent; and Nick Grande as Pat Serendipity, Clementine’s twin sister and FBI agent. Roles may be "exchanged" at some performances. The show is directed by drama professor Anita Livingston. Assistant Director is Ashley Hasbargen.

Reservations are required and must be held with a credit card. Because of somewhat "mature" humor and the length of the evening, the Peake Players do not recommend the show for children. Call director Anita Livingston at 410-822-5400, ext. 278.


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