By Sabrina Westfall
The Veale Creek Players will be presenting their first mystery dinner theater in April.
Dean Dorrell explained the community theater is excited to present “Class Reunion”, written by local author Roy Wachter.
“This is something new and different for us … There will be a lot of audience interaction. We usually don’t have audience interaction much,” Dorrell explained.
Dorrell noted this is also the first mystery theater Wachter, of Washington, has written.
The mystery dinner theater is scheduled for April 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, located at 104 N. Meridian Street in Washington.
The cost of tickets are $30 each or $50 for a couple and can be purchased by calling Hibbett Sports at 812-257-0892.
Dorrell explained the entry fees are a part of the funding to keep the community theater alive and able to produce the four shows a year.
“We usually do a spring show, summer musical, fall show and the Christmas show,” Dorrell explained, noting some funding has come from public donations and grants from the Indiana Arts Commission.
The actors consist of local performers who volunteer for the shows.
Wachter added the performance is much different than most mystery dinner theaters because it involves mostly audience involvement.
“There are 13 people in the audience that have to help. There is only three actors involved,” Wachter explained.
Audience members who volunteer will be assigned a role in the mystery dinner and will be given lines.
Without revealing much of the story line, Wachter explained the main character works on a cruise line and she invites several people she graduated high school with on a cruise.
While being introduced to the captain, one of the former classmates does not show up. She is later found deceased. The audience members, who serve as the classmates, are all suspects.
Wachter said, “It has a surprise ending.”
He added this is unique for a small town to have a mystery dinner theater.
“You usually have to go to a big city for a show like this,” Wachter said.