Arts council brings murder to the stage
Something devious will go down in Rosemount March 7. A murder will be committed and area residents will have to help catch the perpetrator before he or she sneaks away.
No one's really going to be sleeping with the fishes, at least we hope not, but Rosemount residents are asked to help solve a crime and support the Rosemount Area Arts Council by attending a mystery dinner theater show.
Mr. Mystery Productions will turn the Rosemount Community Center banquet room into a Caribbean cruise ship where murder and mayhem will ensue. A cast of local actors will perform "Caribbean Cruise Conspiracy" which was written by Rosemount resident and RAAC member Keith Reed.
Reed, a business analyst for the state, runs Mr. Mystery Productions, a dinner theater company, in his spare time. He started the thriving company in 1990 and will make it a full time endeavor after he retires in a year. He has written 17 plays that the company performs.
"It's my passion," Reed said of acting.
Mr. Mystery performs similar shows all over the Twin Cities for a variety of events including company parties and group meetings.
As a member of the RAAC Reed said it made sense to offer his company's services for the groups first big fund-raiser. So with a little planning and a lot of help the group set out to offer a mystery dinner theater show to the community.
Normally Reed has a group of paid actors but for the Rosemount show he decided it would be best to go with local talent. He put out a casting call in local newspapers for 12 actors and soon thereafter he had a cast.
The cast consists of actors from Rosemount, Apple Valley and Inver Grove Heights. The cast members range in age from 17 to won't tell but all have acting experience.
Among the cast will be four Rosemount High School students. David Yates, a junior, will play one of the ship's mates. He said he saw the listing in the paper and thought acting in a dinner theater production would be fun. He has performed in several Rosemount High School Productions.
Married couple Sue and John Stern, of Apple Valley, also saw the listing in the paper and jumped at the chance to be part of a dinner theater production.
John said he has acted in different plays and has always wanted to try his skill at a more improvisational type setting. The Sterns will play a zany tourist couple
While all of the actors have some experience, being part of dinner theater will test their improvisational skills. The cast will sit amongst the audience and will interact with them just like a normal dinner guest.
"The script is very loosely followed," said Reed.
As the play goes on, cast members will answer questions and give out clues to help audience members figure it out who dunnit. Reed said a prize will be given out to the first audience member to guess right.
The mystery dinner theater will be the RAAC's first big fund raiser and the fledgling group's first big community event.
The RAAC was created out of the St. Joseph's Task Force to build and strengthen arts opportunities in the community. The group is planning a film festival July 18 during Leprechaun Days.
Mr. Mystery Productions will perform a "Caribbean Cruise Conspiracy" March 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner catered by S.L.H Catering, will start at 7 p.m. Attendees will want to get there early to get as many clues as possible.
Tickets cost $37 per person. Tickets will be sold until Feb. 28 and will not be available at the door. Tables can be reserved for groups of six or eight that reserve tickets together.
For tickets visit www.rosemountaac.org or call Beth Adams at 952-484-7274. Checks or money orders can be sent to the Rosemount Area Arts Council, P.O. Box 374 Rosemount, MN 55068.