Sleepy Eye Community Theatre (SECT) is excited to embark on new territory as it produces its first interactive audience participation murder mystery.
“SECT is always looking to provide different theatre experiences for our community,” said director George Hirschboeck. “We always challenge ourselves to bring new artistic experiences to our audiences.”
At this performance, audience members will become the celebrated guests of Lord and Lady Moon at the coveted annual Moonlight Masquerade Charity Gala.
Dinner and performance dates are Sunday, July 7 and Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at the Eagles Orchid Inn. A ticket includes the mystery show and a four course dinner.
Hirschboeck said from the moment audience members walk through the doors at the Eagles Orchid Inn they will feel like guests at a party instead of coming to watch a performance.
“Some of the actors will be seating “guests” or serving them their drinks,” Hirschboeck said. “The show begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a scene followed by one course of the meal and so on.”
Audience members will be used to help solve a murder and Hirschboeck guaranteed a fun and exciting evening for everyone involved.
When a diamond Tiffany necklace scheduled to be auctioned off at the event mysteriously disappears, it becomes clear that someone present isn’t quite what or who they appear to be.
Things take a decidedly sinister turn as members of the entourage turn up quite indubitably, irrevocably dead. Could one of the remaining blue-bloods be responsible? Could someone in the audience help solve these heinous crimes?
Hirschboeck praised the Eagles Orchid Inn for their flexibility as SECT prepares for this production. A major difference between this production and a traditional theatre production, Hirschboeck said, is the performance uses the entire ballroom to ensure that the audience really feels like they are “part of the action.”
Hirschboeck noted that the show is geared more for adults, but there is nothing risque or inappropriate for younger audiences who may be interested in experiencing a different type of theatre.
“It’s going to be a fun and relaxing evening that everyone will enjoy,” Hirschboeck said. “And the food will be great as well.”
The cast includes:
Lady Silver E. Moon: Brianna Jensen
Page 2 of 2 - Lady Luna Cee: Amy Surprenant
Lord Cress N. Moon: Dan Marti
Baron Von Kraterfasse: Aaron Hirsch
Manfred: Wyatt Smith
Henrietta Quarter: Linda Seifert