Pec Playhouse offers murder mystery Oct. 22

Pec Playhouse Theatre is sponsoring a fun, entertaining evening with a murder mystery dinner at Cliffbreakers Restaurant Oct. 22. Tickets are $45 each and include dinner and the show. A discounted price of $400 is available with the purchase of 10 tickets.

Cocktails and auction preview start at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Cliffbreakers and German American Bank in Pecatonica, or by calling the theater.

The purpose of this fund-raiser is to raise money for the Pec Playhouse Theater Building Fund. Through much hard work and the generosity of its patrons, Pec Playhouse Theatre was recently able to purchase the building that has been the theater’s home for the past several years. Money raised will be used to make improvements to the building, and to work toward the theater’s goal of paying off the mortgage in five years.

Murder on the Marquee is an interactive mystery dinner, where the guests are witnesses (and suspects) in the death of one of the guests during the evening.

Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, the mystery unfolds as Alfred Hunt and Lynn Fontana are previewing their new play The Great Sardinis before a distinguished audience of Hollywood friends in preparation for taking their show on the road—but before they can begin, someone is murdered!

Twenty-five ticket holders will be contacted prior to the evening and asked if they would like to play a “suspect” for the evening—they would arrive early dressed as their character, be given their clues, and would become their character for the evening. Throughout the evening, clues will be dispersed and, at the end of the night, the table correctly guessing the murderer’s identity will win a prize. Costumes for all others attending are encouraged but not required.

In conjunction with the murder mystery, a silent auction and a live auction will also be held. Some of the items donated include a script from the pilot episode of the award-winning hit FX TV show The Shield, signed by the entire cast including Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close; a one performance walk-on part in a future Pec Playhouse Theatre performance; prints by local artist Jeanne Rager; and a gift certificate for a birthday party at J&J Tumbling.

Donations for the auction are still being accepted. Pec Playhouse Theater is a not-for-profit organization, and an itemized receipt for tax filing purposes will be provided for each donation.

Contact the Pec Playhouse Theatre Box Office at 815-239-1210, Lori Chappell at 239-1328, or Glen Wiegert at 239-1830 with any questions.

From the Oct. 19-25, 2005, issue

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