Guests at the Murder Mystery Night going down Aug. 20 at the Holiday Inn can have a drink during the cocktail reception, partake of an elegant dinner, meet a local author and solve a killing.
Eight local people will play wealthy Southern patriarch Hamilton “Big Daddy” Sugarbaker and his eccentric family for a bit of dinner theater called “Next of Kin.” Beginning at 6 p.m. and winding down at 9:30, Saturday’s will be the fourth such mystery night staged in two years by Georgia Southern University’s Division of Continuing Education. Stephanie Childs, assistant program development specialist, serves as director.
Previous mystery nights have drawn 100-130 participants. The maximum is 150. Organizers put out the casting call beyond Statesboro and Bulloch County.
“It’s just an avenue to draw in more of the community members from Statesboro, but we also reach as far as Claxton, Swainsboro, Metter. We’ve had people from Savannah come. We’ve had people from Brunswick come,” Childs said.
The cast, made up of Charles Howell, Kay DeLoach, Chay Vasser, Alea Landers, Jen Calhoun, Alan Waters, Britany Shuman and Evan Floyd, has been selected. Rehearsals are occurring nightly.
But seats remain available for dinner guests who will play the part of detectives. Tickets are $35 per person or $65 per couple.
Proceeds above costs go the Continuing Education Division’s foundation.
“That helps to grow some of our other programs and courses,” said Childs.
Pre-registration is required. Call (912) 478-5551 to register, or visit http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/murder.html for details and online registration.
Statesboro mystery author Donald Thompson will sign copies of his new book, “Charley’s Cruise,” during the 45-minute cocktail reception that opens the evening at 6 p.m.