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Peake Players Present Annual Dinner Theatre in July

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Peake Players are gearing up for their 5th annual dinner theatre murder mystery, which is called "Murder Most Shakespeare, or American Idol Meets the Bard."

"Murder Most Shakespeare" runs July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m.. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include the show and a complete buffet dinner and dessert. The discounted cost for a table of 8 is $200. Performances will be held in the lobby of the Todd Performing Arts Center on the Chesapeake College campus in Wye Mills.

The setting of the show is an isolated British castle, where the American Shakespearean Society has traveled for the final round of the "American Shakespearean Idol" competition. The finalists—Sylvia Stratford, Ophelia O´Phay, and Brandon Marlowe—compete for the title and the million pound prize. The competition´s three renowned judges—Simeon Cowelland, Pauline Abdulby, and Randall Jackshire—are about to select the winner, when bodies begin to fall—and in most Shakespearean ways! It is left to criminologist Portia Peerless to solve the dastardly crimes and bring the murderer to justice.

The original script was written by the team of director Anita Tecce, theatre professor at Chesapeake College, and author Richard D. Smith of Princeton University. The cast features Micah Haddock as Simeon Cowelland; Erica Tecce as Pauline Abdulby; Terron Quailes as Randall Jackshire; Bernie Liswell as Sir Karl Cato; Sarah Crump as Kate the Maid; Linda Lindsey as Ophelia O´Phay; Jim Thompson as Brandon Marlowe; Erica Tecce as "Pauline Abdulby"; and Toby Scrupski as Portia Peerless.

As always with Peake Players murder mysteries, every guest is given an identity, a bio, and the opportunity to participate in the action as much or as little as he or she prefers. Audience members have a chance to determine the identity and motive of the murderer. Prizes are given for the most accurate response and the most off-the-wall response.

Reservations are required and must be paid in cash or held by a credit card. For more information or to make a reservation, call 410-822-5400, extension 278, and leave your reservation request.

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