Dinner audience hangs out in a saloon to solve murder mystery

“I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy..."

“I Shot the Sheriff” written by Bob Marley;
Performed by Bab Marley and the Wailers, 1973;
covered by Eric Clapton, 1974

Who gunned down the toughest and hairiest sheriff in the old West? That's what audience members will have to figure out at Penn State New Kensington's interactive murder mystery dinner theater, "'Montana Marie gets Gunned Down at Three." The mystery begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in the campus' Cafe 780.

The performance harkens back to the Old West in the 1800s. Set in the Horny Toad Saloon in the frontier town of Camel Rock, the Toad’s denizens are all suspects as the sheriff is fitted for a pine suit. Was it the nattily-dressed saloon girl with a raspy voice? Or the stereotypical bandito with the faux Mexican accent? Maybe is was the banal deputy with a mouthful of Wild West clichés. Or it could be the ubiquitous singing cowboy with leather chaps and  a velvet throat, whose dapper ensemble includes an acoustic guitar slung over the left shoulder and a Colt .45 in the right hand? The cast, Mystery's Most Wanted, will help the audience posse track down the villain.

Tickets are $5 for students with an ID, $10 for faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public. Price includes dinner and the theater performance. To reserve your seat, contact Lauren Blum, student life coordinator, at 724- 334-6063 or ldb14@psu.edu.

Based in Pittsburgh, Mystery's Most Wanted has been performing murder mystery dinner theatre in the Pittsburgh region for 12 years.  The troupe comprises five professional character actors who have strong improvisation skills. They write and perform the original comedic mysteries. Montana Marie or “Shoot Out at the Yippee Yi Yo K Y” was written by David J. Fielding.

For more on Mystery's Most Wanted, visit http://www.mysterysmostwanted.com/

 

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Last Updated March 12, 2014