Murder mystery brings on the laughter
pat copeland | SUN
A group of ladies gets in the spirit of the evening by wearing masks.
ANNA MARIA – A zany cast of characters kept everyone laughing at Saturday’s Murder Mystery Dinner at the Island Community Center.
The story revolved around a poorly performing sales team, whose members harbor secrets that lead to a crazy romp through corporate dysfunction. The backdrop is a masquerade party, which is their booby prize for being the company’s worst sales team.
The team’s bitchy boss, Elizabeth Kabitchka, played by Monica Simpson, constantly berates her employees, including her custodian husband, while carrying on an illicit affair with her security chief, Peter Butte, played by Mike Shaughnessy. It is no surprise that Kabitchka is murdered and the finger pointing begins.
Was it Dave Toastmilker, played by Caleb Roberts, who tried to make a move on the lovely Betty Biggins, played by Brianna Shaughnessy, but was rebuffed?
Was it Betty, who was blamed for the encounter with Toastmilker and threatened with her job?
Was it Elizabeth’s husband, Ted Kabitchka, played by Will Case, who was carrying on with the company nurse, Mary Smith, played by Amanda Sugg?
Or was it Penny Withany, played by Amanda Cornett, who fancied herself having an affair with Butte, or company slacker Phil Lipsucker, played by Don Purvis, who kept his flask at the ready at all times?
Detective Jazzy Ray Jayy, played by Ray Gardner, entered the picture to work the case, but was stymied by a second murder when Ted Kabitchka was stabbed in the back. He interrogated the characters and let them go out into the audience to be questioned by guests.
Then it was back to the stage where Jayy solved the murders, leading Betty Biggins and Mary Smith off in handcuffs.