I am sitting on my couch in my husband’s bathrobe (oh, don’t say TMI, just be happy I’m not sitting around naked!), waiting till it’s time to get ready for tonight’s adventure, which I wrote a blog post about two days ago (perhaps you read it). I did accomplish one thing I meant to do: I emailed out character sheets and scripts to the cast of my next theatrical endeavor.
A G.R.A.V.E Murder is an interactive murder mystery dinner theatre. I’ve done a few such in the area. Engaged To Be Murdered and He Laughed Himself to Death at the Morning Star Methodist Church in Ilion were presented under the auspices of Ilion Little Theatre. Who Shot J.S.? was produced by and for the Herkimer County Historical Society. Rubbed Out at Ruby’s was a slightly different interactive murder mystery presented by LiFT Theatre Company at the Overlook Mansion in Little Falls. So you see, I have the bonafides when it comes to murdering people theatrically (my computer is telling me “bonafides” is not a word, but I don’t have time to look it up) (full disclosure: I probably do have time to look it up; I’m just too tired and agitated).
Where was I? Ah yes, A G.R.A.V.E. Murder. G.R.A.V.E. stands for Ghost Retrieval and Verification Enterprises. We are a company of ghost hunters, and our fearless leader was recently killed during a ghost-hunting expedition. Were the evil ghosts he was hunting responsible? Or was it one of his earthly colleagues? Hmmmm…..
We begin rehearsals tomorrow (murder mysteries don’t take nearly as many rehearsals as full-length plays). I have gathered a wonderful cast of marvelously talented people (I don’t say that just to butter them up; it is quite true and I’m sure they would agree with me).
My co-workers have been shaking their heads at me, reminding me that I had vowed to take a theatrical break after The Tempest, yet here I am, pulling out Ruby’s long cigarette holder (don’t worry; they’re fake cigarettes) and writing murder mysteries. But these aren’t full-length plays! Tonight shouldn’t even really count, since I didn’t have any lines to learn. All right, for the murder mystery I have some lines to learn (I’m not the dead body, after all). Not too many! Oh well, maybe after Oct. 14 I will take a real break. If I don’t, you are welcome to say “I told you so.” I will be too busy having fun with my theatre friends to worry about it.
A G.R.A.V.E. Murder will take place at the Mohawk American Legion on Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $22 per person and includes a delicious roast beef dinner. There will be a Chinese auction as well as prizes for some who correctly guess the murderer. Tickets may be purchased at the historical society at 400 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling 315-866-6413.