Focus on Community/Arts
Summer Murder Mystery Returns to Chesapeake

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2006


WYE MILLS – The Peake Players of Chesapeake College continue the season´s salute to the Lone Star State with The Demise of the Downhome Dealers by Susan Haley, which opens Friday, July 14 in the Todd Performing Arts Center lobby.

The Downhome Dealers, a popular country band from Texas, is celebrating the signing of a new contract with Good Ole Boys Records. Suddenly bodies begin to fall. Who is responsible? Band members Dave, Dixie and Dick? Could it be Belle, the band agent with a checkered past, or jilted fiancée Magnolia? Other suspects include tabloid writer Lola, nerdy assistant Susan and a dimwitted security guy named Bubba. Audience members will help Sheriff Dusty Dawson find the "dirty dawg" who did it.

This is the fourth year of the Peake Players´ popular murder mystery dinner theatre. Director Anita Livingston said that each performance can be different because of the audience member participation. Upon arrival, each audience member is assigned a character in the story. The audience members can then choose to simply be spectators or to be "in character" and participate in the show.

"These productions are some of our best attended shows. We have patrons who come every year and I´m sure we´ll see them again this year," Livingston said. "Some people just like to sit back and watch the show, but we have others who jump right into the story."

The Demise of the Downhome Dealers will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 30. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee scheduled for Sundays.

The ticket price includes the show and a complete buffet dinner. General admission tickets are $28, with a $3 discount for senior citizens and students. Tables of eight are $175. Due to the mature subject matter, the show is not recommended for young children. For more information or reservations, please call Anita Livingston at 410-822-5400, ext. 278.


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