MCC Drama Club presents dinner theater

By Jessica Beery • Last Updated 11:11 am on Friday, February 17, 2012

Queenie "Mad Woman" Malone, played by Heather Johnson, questions cigarette saleswoman Sophie Davenport, played by Tyler Young, as she attempts to peddle her wares to the theater audience. Daily News/ Jessica Beery

STANTON — The time is March 1932. Prohibition is in full swing and Franklin D. Roosevelt will soon be elected president.
But a child has been kidnapped and a woman has been murdered — all during a live radio broadcast.
But “who-dunnit?”
That’s what ticket-holders for this weekend’s murder mystery dinner theater event at Clifford Lake Inn will find out.
“It’s a really, really fun play,” said first-time director Amanda Hall. “There’s lots going on.”
The audience will have the opportunity to help “nun” Guido Grimaldi or “G-man” solve the murder mystery, keeping track of clues and maybe even having a chance to perform with the cast.
A “Silver Sleuth” prize will be awarded for the audience member closest to solving the case packed full of suspicious and sleazy characters.
Hall said the play, written by Tom Chiodo, is recommended for ages 18 and older, due to language and theatrical violence.
“There are lots of ‘off the wall’ comments,” she admits.
Hall said the audience should expect the entire show to last about two hours, including a scrumptious meal provided by the staff at Clifford Lake Inn.
“After all, you can’t solve a mystery on an empty stomach,” Guido Grimaldi reminds the audience.
Tickets are sold out for Saturday evening’s show, but a handful of reservations still are available for this evening.

If you go ...
 What: “Boardwalk Melody Hour Murders: A Murder A La Carte Mystery Play” by MCC Drama Club
Where: Clifford Lake Inn, Stanton
When: 6 p.m. today and Saturday (tickets still available for today’s show)
Tickets: $30, includes dinner and show. Contact Clifford Lake Inn at (989) 831-5151 for reservations.
 Cast and Crew
 CAST: Queenie “Mad Woman” Malone, Heather Johnson; Sammy “Pretty Boy” Bambino, Scott Hall; Mrs. Trixie Callahan Bambino, Christina Waldorf; Guido Grimaldi, Ric Davenport; Bunny “Babes” Beringer, Carol Pettengill; Sophie Davenport, Tyler Young; Miss Ruby Devine, Colleen Stanley; “Baby Cakes” Rodriquez, Kelle Hudson; “Lucky” Larry Lane, Johnathan Heath.
CREW: Amanda Hall, director; Carolyn Johnson, director coach; Valerie Vander Mark, producer/pianist.
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