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Solve a murder, support the arts

Police Lieutenant Maxie Morehouse is looking for a killer and needs help. Louie "The Weasel" Frattiano's brother Tony was snuffed out a year ago and he wants to know whodunit. As they search for the killer more carnage may happen.

Only residents of Rosemount can help find the killer as part of the Rosemount Area Arts Council's Mystery Dinner Theater.

The third annual mystery dinner theater will unfold at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Steeple Center RAAC president Keith Reed, owner of Mr. Mystery Productions, said his team of actors will present Dead Ja Vu, a gangster themed production which will surely thrill and delight.

"We totally involve people from the minute they enter the door," said Reed.

The evening will start with a cocktail hour in which actors will walk around and provide clues to the mystery. Shenanigan's Pub will provide a cash bar.

Then the attendees and actors will sit down to dinner. We Cater to You will provide dinner. Toward the end of dinner, more of the story will unfold. Then attendees will be asked to guess who they think the murderer is.

"It's really fun. We have great actors who really get the audience involved," said Reed.

At the conclusion of the night audience members will be asked to guess who committed the crime. The first three audience members to guess who the murderer is will receive a prize.

Audience members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite gangster or moll. Prizes will be given for the best dressed.

This is the first time the event will be staged at the Steeple Center. Reed is excited to initiate performance art in the new community building.

"It's so neat to be able to kick it off in there," said Reed.

While the event is more geared towards adults, Reed said the script is child friendly. The cast is very careful to make sure language and themes remain mild for all concerned.

The Saturday evening event is RAAC's biggest fundraiser. In the past the event has drawn large crowds. There will be a silent auction as well.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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