Murder Mystery Coming this March!

Andrea Molberg

Community Circle Players will once again be doing a murder mystery in March! CCP will produce the delightful murder mystery Spook Light Legacy, an original script by Joh Mann. Perfect for a dinner theatre format, this show has intermissions for dinner and dessert, with chances for the cast to engage with the audience, offer clues, and field questions to help the audience figure out “Who done it?”

Start thinking about auditioning. Or if you don’t want to be part of the production, start planning to attend. Shawne Cryderman will direct, Al Wiegel will be the show’s assistant director, Connie Ward will take on the role of producer, and Dana Goldsmith returns as the technical director/stage manager.

The show’s setting is the lobby of a dilapidated hotel, and its innkeepers are an elderly couple, the Goodrests. Mr. Goodrest is terminally ill (really?) and has decided it’s time to determine which of his two ingrate children is most qualified to inherit the Spook Light Hotel, which has been in the family for more than 100 years. The hotel has its share of “history” and a number of ghostly spirits who have taken up residence there. To weed out the good from the evil and give their father the information he needs to put the right person’s name in the will, the adult children are invited home for a dramatic family gathering.

Will the corpse be someone in the show or a “special guest” brought from the audience after Act 1? Are the partners of the Goodrests’ adult children Hiram and Lizzie really what they seem? What is the “dreaded disease” that killed off the now ghostly spirits? Was the Spook Light Hotel always a hotel … or was it once a hospital with a tainted past?

Auditions will be Jan. 3 and 4, 2023, for the five male roles and six female roles in the cast of Spook Light Legacy. Rehearsals will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The first rehearsal is on Jan. 5.

CCP is always looking for additional people to assist with props, PR, costumes, and behind-the-scenes technical support. Backstage help or folks interested in the technical aspect of the theatre, like lighting or sound, are encouraged to step forward and become part of our production.

Spook Light Legacy will be produced six nights, March 25 to 31 (no show on Tuesday, March 28), with performances at SaddleBrooke TWO MountainView Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 15, via the SaddleBrooke TWO Calendar of Events website.

As always, CCP welcomes those interested in being involved with community theatre to become part of our troupe. For more information, please contact Susan Sterling at [email protected] or Shawne Cryderman at [email protected].