JUNE 17, 2010

First Mystery Dinner Theatre was held last weekend at the High Country Inn. Pictured left to right are Dave Tucker, Amanda Tucker, Jo Moore, Diane Hairston and Ellen Tomlinson.

First mystery dinner theater a smashing success

   A sell-out crowd for all three evenings of the CMPL Friends’ first annual mystery dinner theater enjoyed fine entertainment last weekend, with benevolent weather, a lively social hour outside, a fine dinner inside the High Country Inn, and a rollicking, funny play entitled, “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning.”

   The comedy spoof of a wedding reception had the audience chuckling as local actors presented a two-act play which involved a mystery guest being murdered on the dance floor and being dragged out so the bride and her father can have the first dance. Adding to the fun was the slightly tipsy mother of the bride, played by Carla Laws, and the groom’s mother adding her own adlibs about the local area, enacted by Pat Larson. The play abounded in “Malapropisms,” and kept the audience on their toes.

   Everyone did a fantastic job, including Amanda and Dave Tucker as the bride and groom, Phil Shriver and Cherish Hinton as the best man and maid of honor, Will Weise as father of the bride, Bobbi Samuels as the snoopy society reporter, Teri Ploharz-Bolling as the detective in charge of “damage control,” Jeff Jones as the DJ and emcee, and Ted Leach as the victim.

   During the cake-cutting ceremony, the audience was served real wedding cake and coffee and some of the “wedding party” helped serve and visited around the room.

   Diane Hairston enjoyed her “Orofino Debut” as play director of “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning,”  bringing with her a lot of experience in Civic Theater and many other venues, and as a graduate of Eastern Washington University in Theater Arts. She kept the cast in line and focused, and the resulting performances demonstrated her skill as a director.

   Diane was assisted by Cathy Jenni, “stage manager and go-fer.” The three-day event more than realized its $3,000 fund-raising goal, and co-chairs Jo Moore and Cathy Jenni are already thinking about next year’s production! They will be recruiting more local residents who are interested in joining the CMPL Friends to help support the library in its many programs as well as keeping the physical facility in good shape.

   The group will also be seeking those who would be interested in performing alongside this “charter” group of players in the future. There will be a second annual MDT the second weekend of June of 2011!  For more information call either Cathy at 476-5914, or Jo at 476-7570.