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Church to host murder mystery dinner theater
by Christine Fonville
February 26, 2014 01:16 PM | 1143 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Christine Fonville. From left, Lynn Valentine, Rosalind Webb and Margaret Marlow rehearse for ‘Her Lips are Sealed’ at Bethel United Methodist Church.
Staff / Christine Fonville. From left, Lynn Valentine, Rosalind Webb and Margaret Marlow rehearse for ‘Her Lips are Sealed’ at Bethel United Methodist Church.
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Henry County residents can help solve a mystery and enjoy a delicious dinner at Bethel United Methodist Church’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presentation of Mary Krell-Oishi’s “Her Lips are Sealed.”

The show, which is appropriate for all ages, will begin at 6 p.m. on March 8 in the church’s chapel at 245 Fairview Road in Stockbridge.

Director Margaret Marlow said audiences will enjoy a catered, three-course dinner, juice and soda bar, prizes and a drama for a requested donation of $30 per guest.

“Throughout the dinner, there will be clues revealed by characters and guests will receive a guessing card to play along with the game,” she said.

At the end of the dinner and production, cards will be collected and drawn for door prizes.

To encourage audience participation, attendees are asked to dress in 1940s attire to match the era of the play.

Marlow said this is the first time the church has hosted a night of entertainment like dinner theater.

“We’ve never put on a show like this before and it’s exciting to be working on a play of this magnitude,” she said.

Cast member Lynn Valentine, a new member of the congregation, said guests can expect a lot of laughter and interactions with the cast as well.

“The play is very well-written and has a lot of puns and funny moments throughout,” she said. “I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone during rehearsals each week and it’s interesting watching each actor develop their characters.”

Similarly, Marlow said providing family fun and bringing people together is what members of the church, some of whom will be onstage, enjoy doing the most.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come in and have good, clean fun without worrying about the content,” she said. “As a church, we try to connect people, make new friends and grow.”

Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Information: (770) 474-2570 or visit www.bethelumc.com

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