SCHROON LAKE - The Mountainside Christian Academy class of 2009 hosted a 1950s-themed Valentine's Day dinner-theater in the transformed school gymnasium to raise money for its class trip to Myrtle Beach during spring break.
Onstage, Mayhem in Mayville, written by Dean Kephart, began with an alleged murder scene in Connie's Cup of Coffee Caf . Connie (Sara DeVol) is traumatized when she discovers Buc (Rob Smith), her fianc , lying motionless under one of the tables.
The plot unfolded into a humorous feat to uncover the culprit by identifying each character's potential motives for murdering Buc. Various clues are scattered about the audience as they joined the cast in attempt to determine who is guilty, only to find out at the end of the play that Buc had merely been unconscious because he dropped a hammer on his head while fixing the table.
After everyone was relieved that Buc is indeed alive, the play ended with a bit of ironic humor as new customers entered the caf , finding Connie lying under a table, and thinking she's dead.
Directed by Jodie Sewall, the event was a huge success; some 200 people of the community showed up to support the students.
There was no entrance fee, but the class raised a hefty sum in donations.
The cast only had one full-day practice, and a few after-school practices beforehand, and they were required to memorize all of their lines on their own.
While the seniors put on their histrionic performance, the juniors provided babysitting, free of charge.
The senior class served guests a diner-style meal of burgers, fries, pop and ice cream sundaes for dessert, while decked out in1950s garb, complete with poodle skirts and greased hair.