CHP comic murder mystery opens

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Pictured are (from left) Lonnie Ables, Kayleigh Jones and Will Gentry, detectives trying to solve the murder of director Dexter Allen in this comic murder mystery.

Pictured are (from left) Lonnie Ables, Kayleigh Jones and Will Gentry, detectives trying to solve the murder of director Dexter Allen in this comic murder mystery.

Carriage House Players’ newest production, “The Night I Died at the Palace Theater”, is set to open Thursday night, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln County Museum and Civic Center.

The play is written by Pat Cook and is directed by first-time director Jennifer Bradford and assisted by Brenda Wilkes.

“This comic murder mystery is actually a play within itself,” said Bradford. “The actors arrive at the theater to receive the newly written final scene from their director, Dexter Allen, only to find that Dexter Allen has been murdered.

“The actors are the only ones in the building so they are all suspect in Dexter’s murder. And, they all have a motive,” she added.

The actors are played by Dowell Burnett, Hayley Evans, Catherine Sullivan, Steve George, Rachel Benson, David Grant, Donna Hartman, and Tina Beddingfield. Additional suspects include the assistant director played by Meg Walker and the janitor played by Ben Spears.

“A young fresh faced detective, Jimmy Todd, arrives at the scene to investigate the murder,” the director continued, noting that Jimmy Todd is portrayed by Will Gentry. “Jimmy is joined by a more seasoned officer played by Lonnie Ables and his partner, played by Kayleigh Jones.”

“The Night I Died at the Palace Theater” is the first production of the 27th season of Carriage House Players. Additional performances are Feb. 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. each in the theater of the Lincoln County Museum.

Tickets are available at CHP ticket outlets, Bagley and Bagley Insurance, Carter’s Drug Store, The Book Inn, Sissy’s Antiques, The Flower House, and in Parks City, Regions Bank. Reservations may be made in advance by calling the CHP hotline at (931) 433-1300 or by emailing carriagehouseplayers@gmail.com.

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