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Murder mystery dinner production a real brain-teaser
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A deceased Ina Snit is attended after apparently being poisoned during the Vintage Stock Theatre production of 'Dying for a Drink'. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Vintage Stock Theatre's latest murder mystery production will have the audience doing mental cartwheels as they try to figure out whodunit.

"Dying for a Drink" is based on a clever script written by Emelie Perron-Clow about a town struggling under the strain of the Ontario Temperance Act which banned the sale of alcohol in the province from 1916 to 1926.

The play revolves around eight central characters. There's Ina Snit, the town Queen bee and the only member of the local chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union; Meredith Cantile, the owner of the general store; Beatrice "Bea" Haven, the town's school teacher who's planning a party where spirits will no doubtedly be served; train station master Alan "Al" Aboard; the town physician, Dr. Hippolyte Craties; Mic Ahnic, who owns the town's only garage; newspaper editor Leona Type; her son L.J. Type Jr.; Ryta Much, a school girl from Ottawa posing as a newspaper reporter; Jerry Halliday, an off duty OPP officer whose constant companion is a flask ful of hutch; and Ina Snit's husband Calvin Snit.

The play begins at the museum's train station and then unfolds through the museum grounds until the murder occurs at the bandstand. By the time the crime taks place, at least six of the characters could be considered as a prime suspects. It's up to the members of the audience to figure out just which one it is.

The bonus of the murder mystery dinner theatre format is that you can do your sleuthing whle enjoying your catered dinner under an outdoor shelter. The audience also has the luxury of questionning the characters as they mingle from table to table.

The culprit is ony revealed after the dessert is served.

Vintage Stock Theatre has been conducting murder mysteries at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for more than 12 years now and they've perfected the genre to the delight of audiences many of whom have become regular attendees.

"Dying for a Drink" will be perfromed on Tuesday, Nov. 10and Friday, Feb. 23. There are still plenty of tickets left for the Aug. 16 performance which takes place at 5 p.m. To pre-order your tickets simply go to www.eventbrite.ca. The cost os $60 per ticket and includes a three course meal catered by Desjardins Catering.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)



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