River Theater Company announces Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

The cast of “Poetry to Die For.” Photo provided.

CHARLESTOWN, N.H. – Love, murder, and laughs will be in the air Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. – with a snow date of Sunday afternoon Feb. 25 in case of a cancelled performance – at the Town Hall in Charlestown, N.H. The Charlestown Rotary and River Theater Company are teaming up to present “Poetry to Die For,” a Valentine’s Day themed murder mystery dinner. It promises to be a lively and fun evening. Dressing as your favorite poet is optional but highly encouraged!

“Poetry to Die For” is set in the present. A local poetry group is holding a special reading with dinner and invited guests to celebrate the upcoming release of Charity Holmes’ new book. Charity is a long-time member of the poetry group and an internationally famous poetess with a handful of previously published books of poetry that are famous overseas. It has recently been rumored that Charity may have been plagiarizing work from the group.

The audience is encouraged to interact with the actors to help solve the murder of one of the poets. The cast includes many familiar local actors plus some new faces: Samaira Aldrich, John Blair, Michael Conant, James Dennewitz, Joan Donohue, Maria Ganio, Gregory Higgins, Fran Kemp, Chuck Lessard, Jeanie Levesque, John Luther, Stan Marro, and Ruth Pratt. Sam Maskell, the director, has previously directed several murder mystery dinners including “Murder at Hartness House” which she also wrote, as well as a variety of other local area productions including: “Love Letters,” “The Vagina Monologues,” and most recently “Elegies for Angles, Punks, and Raging Queens,” an AIDS benefit at the Latchis Theater in fall 2016.

A three-course dinner will be served, with choice of entrees – steak tips, baked potato and vegetable, or spaghetti squash alfredo. All dinners include salad, rolls with butter, chocolate mousse, and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Seating is limited, and reservations are requested by emailing todayis4memories@gmail.com or calling 603-543-0433 or 603-439-1896.

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