I feel I can get away with one more post about my murder mystery, because some readers may be wondering how it went. Well, it was splendid.
The church, Morning Star Methodist in Ilion, NY, sold more tickets than they were hoping to. In fact, serving dinners was delayed at one point when they ran out of potatoes and had to cook more. I told them if they ran short of meat, I could go hungry, but luckily that was not necessary.
I stood by the table of the lady taking tickets and welcomed people. I warned them they would meet some unusual people but should not be worried about talking to them. I’m not sure my warnings were needed, but people were very nice about it. More importantly, I had to be the liaison between the actors and the dinner-servers. I gave the actors the high-sign to start the performance part. I told the audience when to fill out their guesses and collected the papers after they had guessed.
As I attended to these duties, I realized my folly in undertaking such a role. I wanted to be acting! There are few things more fun for me than to dress up in a costume and pretend to be somebody else. I love it on a stage with lines, and I love it at a murder mystery when mingling with the audience.
The lucky ones who did get to act enjoyed it quite a bit, and they did a marvelous job. A few lines were dropped, but I believe only the author noticed (um, you remember that was me, right?). The audience was full of praise, except for one gentleman with a hearing aid who hadn’t heard a word. I felt quite terrible about that. At least he got a good dinner out of it. Roast pork. Yum!
I hope Ilion Little Theatre will be asked to present more murder mysteries in the future. I’m ready to write them and I am more than ready to act again!