Co-op Theatre East from New York City will entertain during dinner with a fun and interactive show “Curse of the Golden Asp” Mystery Dinner Theater.
Guests are invited to a two-night viewing of the grand Egyptian Asp, the dinner will be hosted for its extravagance and mystery and possibly a murder.
The Curse of the Golden Asp Mystery Dinner Theater, hosted by the Woodman of the World chapters 462 and 1016, is a fundraiser for the Plattsburgh Relay for Life Survivor Committee. The event will take place at the Plattsburgh Elks Club, 56 Cumberland Ave. The two night performance will be held Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. Doors Open at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
This will be the third year WOW will host the theater group for their annual fundraiser and the second year they do it to raise money for the Relay for Life.
“They really grow every year so we extended it to two-nights,” said Tim Gonyo, secretary of the WOW chapter. “We picked the Relay for Life group because they have a strong following and we wanted to collect a great group with a strong network of followers.”
Last year the event was attended by over 134.
“It was a great turn out but it was very crowded, this year we moved the event and we added a second night,” Tim said. “We hope to have at least 200 people come between both nights.”
The dinner theater has been brought together by the Co Op Theater East (COTE) for the past four years. COTE has exclusively worked with WOW for the programs.
Robert Gonyo, one of the three founders and Tim’s nephew, said the dinner theater isn’t their normal routine.
“We wanted to do this as a way to give back to organizations like Relay For Life in a positive way,” Rob said. “A different part of our mission as a theater company is being socially engaged in our work.”
The company will bring an Indiana Jones type performance to the dinner guests.
“We’re going to set the scene for people to come in,” Rob said. “We want people to feel like they are here for the unveiling of the Golden Asp, an Egyptian cobra statue which was brought back by an adventurer, Christina Armstrong and her side kick Hugh Jones thanks to the funding by the wealthy benefactor and rich socialite Fran Ascot.”
Unlike a framed stage where the audience has no choice but to follow along a performance, Rob said dinner theater requires the audience to remain on their toes.
“Part of what we do is people know they’re going to a dinner theater but it’s more fun to play into the reality of our show,” Rob said. “Our actors will mingle with them and talk with the audience before the show we want everyone to pay attention and interact with the performance.”
Tim said program has been a popular and unique fundraiser for local groups.
“We wanted to make this more of an event and something different for people to experience here by bringing our community a true New York City theater performance,” Tim said.
Following the dinner, the guests are invited to dance the night away with IncaHoots performing from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
“We want people to stay and have a good time while raising money for a cause that is really important for so many people,” Tim said.
Guests are also invited to participate in a 50/50 raffle.
“Pay attention you never know when a clue is going to be dropped,” Rob said.
All proceeds go to the Plattsburgh Relay for Life Survivor Committee. Tickets $50 each or $90 per Couple, are available online at http://woodmen.ticketbud.com/nycurse. For more information call 561-7213.