The In Cahoots Players of Fayetteville will host “Dream of Murder,” an audience participation comedy murder mystery, at Historic Fayette Theatre in April. Members of the Players are, front, from left, Julie Brown, Debbie Cooper, Andrea Tinsley and Shari Davis; and back, Sandi Shrewsbury, Merry Hanning and Karen Vuranch.

Get ready for an evening of songs and shenanigans as The Historic Fayette Theatre presents “Dream of Murder,” an audience participation murder mystery presented by The In Cahoots Players of Fayetteville.

The musical murder mystery will be presented on April 27- 29 as a dinner theater. Tickets are $30 per person and includes dinner at a fine Fayetteville restaurant. You can choose to eat at Diogi’s, Gumbo’s, Pies and Pints or The Vandalian. When you make your reservation, you will need to specify where you wish to dine and you will be given $20 voucher for that restaurant. You can also purchase a ticket for the show only for $10 a person.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 304-574-4655 on Tuesday or Thursday between 6 and 8 p.m. or go to www.brownpapertickets.com.

“Dream of Murder” takes place as an annual telethon to benefit S.N.O.R.E , the Society for the Narcolepsy of Restorative Engineers (aka beauty technicians). A concert and fundraising event is presented to raise awareness and find a cure for this heartbreaking and hair-raising illness.

And, it affects us all…just think what happens when your beautician or cosmetologist succumbs to the sleep of narcolepsy. The results can be devastating. But, not as devastating as this telethon because a killer lurks in the night. Join the performers as they solve the murder and rescue some bad hair-dos while they’re at it. After the first act, the audience will have the chance to interrogate the suspects and guess who committed the nefarious crime of murder. 

The In Cahoots Players are a troupe of incredibly talented actors and actresses from Southern West Virginia. Collectively, they have performed in a number of plays, musicals and murder mysteries throughout the region. While each of the players has full-time careers and commitments, they are by no means amateur performers. Their stage presence, lively and spontaneous banter and quick replies make for a hilarious evening of entertainment.

The chief “Cahoot” is Karen Vuranch, who writes, directs and produces the plays through her theater company, WV Enterprises. Vuranch is a professional storyteller, actress and writer and performs these plays as well as historical dramas throughout West Virginia and the U.S. The musical direction for the play is provided by Merry Hanning of Oak Hill. Her lovely voice is well known throughout the region and she has extensive stage experience. The In Cahoots also feature Sandi Shrewsbury of Beckley, Julie Brown of Packs Branch, Andrea Tinsley of Scott Depot, Sharon Bibb of Oak Hill, Ansted resident Cathy Teubert; and Jen Garvin of Fayetteville.  Together they create an evening of comical entertainment and beautiful music.

“Dream of Murder” is the newest production of The In Cahoots Players. The “dreamy” music they sing includes “All I Have to Do is Dream,” “Dream A Little Dream of Me,” “Dream Baby” and more.    In fact, all of the murder mysteries presented by The In Cahoots Players are musical. Other story lines include “A Country Music Murder” featuring songs from the Queens of Country such as Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette; “Beach Blanket Bump-Off,” a Caribbean theme; “A Groovy Kind of Murder” with songs from the 1960s; and “Gigi Sharp and the Meringues,” a 1950s girl group. For more information about The In Cahoots Players, contact Karen Vuranch at  karen@wventerprises.com.

Cut off for dinner reservations is April 24 and after that, tickets are available for the show only. Other upcoming events scheduled at the Fayetteville-based community theater include a drama camp for children in June, an annual 4th of July concert featuring Jon Kemper and other notable Fayette County musicians on June 30, and a children’s audience participation play, “The Clumsy Custard Horror Show” (a spoof on Rocky Horror Picture Show) in late July and August. The summer season also includes An Evening of One-Act plays in August.

The Historic Fayette Theatre is located on Court Street in the Historic District of Fayetteville. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 304-574-4655 or e-mail info@historicfayettetheatre.com.

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