R.C. Community Theatre offers murder mystery dinner outing

Who-dun-it this time?

Rogers City Community Theatre presents “Murderous Crossing,” a comedic Agatha Christie-style, interactive murder mystery. The show, planned in partnership with the Water’s Edge Restaurant at 530 N. Third, Rogers City, is set for May 17.

The first course begins at 5 pm, when audience members are encouraged to embark on the evening’s festivities with pre-show hors d’oeuvres and an open cash bar (non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price). Cast members will be mingling, so the clue search begins right away. The remainder of the four-course dinner and show begin at 6:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. Tickets are currently on sale at the Water’s Edge, the Advance Newspaper office and the Rogers City Theater Box Office, as well as from members of the cast. Cost is $40 per person. Tables may be reserved, but it is recommended to do so early as ticket sales have been brisk thus far.

The year is 1923 and the audience members are passengers on board the HMS Victoria as it crosses the English Channel. The famous Inspector Clurrot has tracked down a homicidal mastermind hiding out on board.

Meanwhile, the ship is the vessel of matrimony for the Contessa Follette and John D. Rothchild a marriage encouraged through financial need and murderous greed. Not everything is as it seems, however, and it turns out the English Channel isn’t the only thing being crossed. Audience members will join in the fun as they become members of the bridal party.

The show was written by David Landau, father of the interactive dinner theatre genre, with music and lyrics by Nikki Stern. Valerie Schalk serves as director for the Rogers City Community Theatre’s production.

Cast members include Robert Starnes III as Father Casse-Cou, the priest; Julie Riddle as Contessa Nicole Follette, the bride; Ed Perrault as Lord Arthur Bennet, the bride’s friend; Robert Starnes IV as Jonathan Rothchild, the groom; Jodi Collins as Vivian Rothchild, the groom’s sister; Mary Lyon as Isabella Coranova, a waitress and gold digger; Denise Perrault as Miss Hastings, the ship’s cruise director; Mike Marx as Howard Krepps, a waiter; and Lawrence Anderson as Inspector Pierre Clurrot, a detective.

We are having a laugh a minute during rehearsals for this show,” said cast member Jodi Collins. “I’m really enjoying the experience, especially the music.”

The menu for the evening includes hors d’oeuvres, Caprese salad, shrimp and chicken picatta main course, and flourless chocolate cake or orange cheesecake for dessert.

For more information, call the Water’s Edge at 734-4747 or the theater box office at 734-3861.