Civic Theatre to host ‘The Science of Murder’

Annual production will have a mad-scientist theme.

Director Dustin Farris said there will be a dinner, a show, and the audience will have an opportunity to help solve the mystery.

“Since it is dinner and a show, it’s a much more intimate setting. The production is a comedy-murder mystery, so the audience will be able to relax and enjoy the show in a round-table setting in the ballroom, rather than in a typical theater environment,” Farris said.

GHCT’s third annual murder mystery dinner theater, “The Science of Murder,” is set for Saturday, April 2, at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. The deadline to reserve tickets is Friday, March 25.

“It’s an extremely funny show, so I expect a lot of laughter. Plus, there is a lot of audience participation. The cast will go out into the audience and perform there, as well, and I think that breaks the fourth wall between the show and the audience,” he said.

Farris said the show is set in a Transylvanian castle, and the mad scientist, Dr. Mingus lives there. His whole point of the production is to create this experiment where men and women can finally understand each other by flipping their emotions.

“It’s like a freaky Friday moment where everything changes,” he said.

Producer Tracy Botos said audiences will have an opportunity to solve the murder as they interact with the cast. Last year, about 125 guests attended the show.

Organizers said the production is a fundraiser for the non-profit theater company, which survives on fundraising and ticket sales. Funds support GHCT’s building upkeep as well as production expenses. About $2,500 was raised last year. The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre is in its 57th year of operation.

The cast is made up of a mix of veteran actors from GHCT, along with a few new faces, who all volunteer their time. Cast members include Zach Plummer (as Dr. Mingus); Olivia Stewart (Patrice); Traci Ryder (Babette); Dylan McGill (Franklin); Katelyn Fox (Janet); David Hurt (Idiot); Jake Wright (Clarence) and Adam Blount (Joey.)

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