CHAMPLAIN - Whodunnit?
That's what people will be asking themselves during the Northeastern Clinton Central School drama club's murder/mystery theater.
For the second year in a row, the students decided to stray from the typical spring production for a different kind of theater, explained drama club teacher Jason Borrie.
This year's mystery theater, titled "Murder in the Della Manor," will have people guessing who, why and with what weapon, until the very end.
"It centers around a book publishing company called Ward Books," Borrie explained of the play. "There's the patriarch of the company, Artemus. He is going to dinner at the Della Manor Restaurant and he winds up dead."
Borrie said throughout the evening new characters come into play, including members of the audience.
"It's a great experience," he said. "Even if you've done a murder/mystery before, they're never the same. And if you've never done it, it's a real great way to get people immersed in theater, because it's not your traditional 'Sit in a dark room and watch performances on stage.' The actual performance happens right with the audience."
The person to correctly solve the mystery will win the super-sleuth award of a gift certificate to a local business.
"There are several elements to solving it," Borrie said. "You have to pick the motivation behind it ... you have to pick the weapon. You also have to pick if it was one person or multiple people. Who did what?"
"All of the clues come out throughout the course of the evening, but the audience has to put it together," he added. "It's actually quite difficult to solve. Each one of the scenes progresses you a little further in getting more and more clues. Some of the clues are very subtle."
The evening will feature a four-course meal, including soup, salad, dessert, garlic bread sticks, choice of beverage and a choice of tomato meat sauce over penne pasta, or vegetarian lasagna.
Admission is $25 per person and reservations are required by calling 298-8638. Proceeds will benefit future productions by the drama club.