On December 6 and 7, Leesville’s International Thespian Society put on a Holiday Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. For $20, guests received pasta, salad, bread and cake–plus, a show!
At the beginning, various holiday and winter themed characters came on stage: Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolf, Elsa, Frosty, the Gingerbread Man, and Head Elf. They gathered to discuss an intervention for their friend the Grinch, played by Jake Jeffers, senior.
The group headed outside to see the first snowfall and came back without the Grinch. Then entered the Polar Bear Detective, played by Alex Balla, junior.
The show even included time for the actors to interact with the audience. Each character went to every table and answered their questions about the mystery. From the clues and performance of each character, the audience even had a chance to guess who the murderer was and the winners received a prize.
Jack Nolan, a junior, played Santa Claus. “Honestly, I really like the interaction with the audience members. It’s a different type of theater than we are used to, so it makes [the show] a lot more interesting.”
The proceeds from the show will go into a fund to send the theater students to a state theatre competition. At the competition, the students will present a one act show, a freestyle piece and various monologues and songs.
Make sure to check out other performances by the theatre department; including Romeo and Juliet on January 12 and 13, 2017.