Murder Mystery Kicks off Holiday Season, Supports Community Theater
Actors are dropping faster than you can say “encore,” and it’s up to the audience to uncover who did it. Over lunch!
Murder on McDonnel, a murder mystery luncheon, takes place on Friday, November 16 at the McDonnell Street Activity Centre.
Presented by The Theater on King, (TTOK), and sponsored by Sam Sayer of local deli Sam’s Place, Murder on McDonnel promises an afternoon of great local food, drink, music – and, of course, mayhem – featuring a cast of some of Peterborough’s most celebrated actors including Naomi DuVall, Matt Gilbert, Di Latchford, Daniel Smith, Lindsay Unterlander, and Adam Martignetti.
Evidence will be provided between courses. “Is it the narcissistic actor?” asks director Kate Story. “The jealous director? The overbearing theatre mother? They’re all suspects, and all potential victims!” she laughs.
Sam Sayer will make her first Murder appearance as a caterer who sets her eye on solving the mystery. “I love this event,” she says. “It’s a great chance to have lunch with friends and colleagues in a fun atmosphere.”
“It’s an ideal way to kick off the holiday season while supporting a community theater,” says TTOK’s artistic director Ryan Kerr. “The original script has been written by Simon Turner-Semchuk. It builds on Murder Must Fool, but don’t worry – it certainly stands on its own if you weren’t here last year.”
Now in its sixth year, TTOK, located near the corner of King and George streets, has just completed a successful move next door to its old location. The space not only hosts theatre productions, but also literary and musical events, film screenings, cabarets, and much more. “TTOK provides an intimate space that’s accessible to artists and audiences alike,” says Jill Walker, a volunteer who regularly attends productions at TTOK. “You can rent it, put on a play, teach or take a class or attend one of the many performances taking place throughout the year. It’s a little space with a big heart.”
Sayer agrees. “Every performance I’ve attended has been so memorable. The calibre is first rate.”
Murder on McDonnel will feature a delicious three-course lunch provided by Sam’s Place and Black Honey, with wine or beer, and a cash bar. Musical entertainment will be performed by period-music stars Chester Babcock, featuring Susan Newman, Rob Fortin and John Hoffman.
Murder on McDonnel! Friday, November 16th at the McDonnel St. Activity Centre and Lawnbowling Club. 12 – 3pm. Tickets are $60. Seating is limited.