Murder Mystery… A Show to Die For!

7 Jun

Expert Witnesses needed for the entertainment event of the year!

Join the Red Bluff Tehama County Chamber of Commerce for a comical, slap stick, campy and borderline raunchy dinner theater play on June 17th and 18th at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge on Gilmore Street. The play has had such an overwhelming response of support in ticket sales that we had to find a larger venue!

The story, written by local playwright Bryon Burruss, takes place in 1928. Prohibition is in full swing and times are tough in the City of Tator. Mayor Tator (Roger Weigel) has appointed himself every leadership role available and in the process has robbed the city blind, leaving them broke and looking for ways to improve their economic situation. The self absorbed leader has invited only the wealthiest, most distinguished (that’s YOU!) to his gala event at city hall to announce his plan to save the city. Upon arrival, you will see first-hand, his idea of fundraising for the city (although not entirely legal), then be escorted to the gala dinner where the shenanigans will really take off as cigarette girl Ella Mentry (played by Ellie Scott) prances you into the affair. Once seated, you will learn of Mayor Richard “Dick” Tator’s past marriage to Wanda Schtupp (played by Beth Maxey) and meet her current beau, Mike Rotchtickles (played by Clay Parker). You will also be amazed by the Mayor’s current love triangle with new fiancé Robyn DeCradle (Cori Dittner) and mistress, Annie Body (Annemarie March) and the many, many characters who love to hate the Mayor including the very rich Dinah Sore played by Terri Bauer or the very intimidated heart throb Hugh Mungus played by Jason Bauer. Of course you will not go without being hassled by the Prohibitionist, Betty Kant (played by Kris Behrens) and for the single ladies out there, our police officer, Major Lou Pohl (Dennis Murray) will most likely invite you back to the station for a private tour!

Nigel Mist has directed this cast of characters into a frenzy of hilarity and hoaxes, from the mob boss right hand man, Alex Blaine Lader played by Johnnie Drocco and his two thugs, Gil T Azell (Gerry Gray) and Rankin Smellie (Rob Schmid). Not to worry, if you feel anxiety from the overwhelming characters, there is a doctor in the house-Dr. Daryl B. Paine played by Chip Thompson. And of course, every gala comes complete with entertainment, which Scott Matthews is providing in his character the marvelous magician Wayne Kerr. And what would a roaring 20’s play be without music and well, ladies of the evening? Greg Stevens, our resident rag time talent will accompany the party while Faye Kinnet (played by Liz Foresburg) offers her “girls” to entertain the guests (played by Tammy Davidson and Sarah Swaggarty).

There are over 35 hands-on volunteers dedicating time, attention, talent and resources to the event. The venue and its details are designed and managed by Serena Metcalf. Our menu designed and delivered by local talent, Linda Ezzat and Cori Dittner, will include a menu complete with antipasto, Caesar salad, tri-tip, Mediterranean roasted vegetables, baked potato casserole, rolls, and dessert. Beer and wine are included in all performances.

VIP tables are available for Friday and Sunday performances, please call Kris Behrens at 530.526.1974. At the time of this article, there are 5 seats available for the Saturday night performance-and with the new venue, we may be able to expand our seating, watch for updates! Friday and Saturday night performances are $60 each. Enjoy a unique and fun filled experience and support the Destination Tehama Branding Project in the process!

Tickets are available at the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce office (100 Main Street, Red Bluff, 530.527.6220) or by credit card online at (in the search bar type in “Murder Mystery Dinner” to find the event).
This article was written by Kris Behrens and published in the June 2011 Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce Chamber Report.
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