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Doniphan West Drama Department to present a murder mystery

Pictured sitting: Jaiden Taylor, Kyra Johnson, Avery Weathersbee, Kole Franken, and Annaka Haynes. Standing: director Amy Lackey, Aly Gobin, Kaylynn Miner, Faith Collins, Reilley Goff, Lilly Clark, Creighton Johnson, Ava Gladhart, Jacob Blanton, and Sydney Smith.

Doniphan West Players will perform "How to Host a Murder Mystery Dinner Party," a one-act play by Brian D. Taylor, on Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 at 1 p.m. 

Guests will be required to wear masks, and the cost is $6 for adults and $3 for students. 

The "Pioneer Drama Service" website summarizes the play as follows:

What could be more fun than a dinner theatre murder mystery at a how-to seminar about hosting a murder mystery dinner party, complete with audience interaction, information packets with extra clues, and multiple endings?! 

Host Miss Penelope Chrysler-Michelin presents her proven, fifteen-step process on how to host a murder mystery dinner party to your audience, the dinner guests at her seminar.  To guide them through the presentation, Miss Penelope has planned her own murder mystery dinner party to play out onstage.  She takes guests through all the most important steps, such as “Setting the Scene,” “Choosing Your Mark,” “Establishing Motive,” and more. 

Of course, her guest list has been carefully selected to make sure the very best mix of suspicious characters are present — The Celebrity, The Writer, The Doctor, The Ladykiller.  But like any good murder mystery, the weather worsens and the plot thickens when there is an unexpected visitor on the dark and stormy night.  Good thing Miss Penelope has thought of everything, including Step Eight:  “Always Have a Backup Plan.” 

Can anyone really be trusted at this devious dinner party?  With all of the usual fun and games of a murder mystery, the unexpected twists and turns make this an absolutely delectable dinner theatre piece!