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Murder and Merriment prepping for three weekends of mystery parties

Oct. 10, 2012 @ 03:11 PM

HUNTINGTON — Murder and Merriment is up to its usual bag of tricks this October - producing Murder! On slate is a trick-or-treat bag full of interactive murder mystery parties.

Beginning Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, The Greenhouse of Teays Valley presents "The Murdered Mistress!" at 7pm nightly. Political scandal amidst a Presidential Election finds Senator Joe Jackson scrambling to save his crumbling campaign. The mystery features actors: George Scott Black, Megan Murphy Mace, Josh Taylor, Kendra Egnor, Ashley Taylor, Kat Bryant, Kathy Waugh, Allan Stern, and George R. Snider III as Detective Columbus. Reservations for this dinner theatre can be made by calling 304-397-6316.

Next, the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society presents "Another Fistful of Bullets!" at 7 p.m. Oct 19-20 and 26-27 at Heritage Station in Huntington.

For the second year in a row, CPHRHS will host a murder mystery designed to entertain both local citizens and out of town guests who plan to travel on the New River Train the following morning.

President, Don Maxwell, was thrilled to offer this opportunity to his passengers after he witnessed capacity crowds at last year's Heritage Station mystery. The story is set in a train station and follows a movie production crew filming a B-Western movie, "Another Fistful of Bullets!" The film is way behind schedule and way over budget. Tempers flare, personalities clash, and murder is ripe! Appearing in the mystery are: Barry Dailey, George Scott Black, Ashley Taylor, George R. Snider III,  Megan Murphy Mace, Allan Stern, Bill Tussey, Dianna Ayers, Nicole Grey, and Brian Cook. A catered buffet dinner will be provided by Suzcatering.
For reservations, call 1-866-639-7487. Tickets are still available for the Saturday mysteries only. Both Friday shows are SOLD OUT. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their Western wear as they will be "extras" in the movie!

Finally, on Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31, Huntington High School seniors, Zoey Stull and Elizabeth Schmitz present "Murder at the Opera!" - a special benefit for the Marshall Artists Series at the St. Clair home, 1805 McCoy Road in Huntington.

Ms. Stull and Ms. Schmitz selected this idea as their Senior Project and plan to participate in the mystery as minor characters. Intrigue revolves around the murder of famed operatic tenor, Luciano Manicotti. His wife, Carla and daughter, Anna, host some of Luciano's closest friends and business associates for a reading of the Will and a Séance in hopes of discovering who killed Luciano. The cast is excited to perform in this home which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The old Freeman Estate, also known as Park Hill Farm, was built in 1914. This massive 11,000 square foot home sits on 42 acres of land and overlooks Ritter Park.

 The estate's original owner, Mr. Charles Hughes Freeman, was a leading pioneer in oil and gas development in Southern West Virginia.

 Reservations for this murder party can be made by calling 304-412-4071 or 304-654-0040. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served at this elegant party which starts  promptly at 7pm. Come dressed for the Opera and compete to win one of several prizes which will be offered to those who can correctly solve "who dunnit!" Tickets are limited.

Find out about more exciting local and regional theater productions from “Macbeth” to “Alice in Wonderland” in Thursday’s Herald-Dispatch Weekend section.