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Mystery dinner to be held June 26

By Anna-Claire Terry
Staff Reporter

The Opelika Theatre Company will take the stage on June 26 for its Opelika themed show, entitled “Spring Villain,” at Niffer’s on the Tracks. This is OTC’s fifth murder mystery production, and August will mark one year since the OTC was founded. According to Artistic Executive Director Marty Moore, those interested will need to purchase a ticket quickly because the venue will only hold about 130 people. Tickets are $40 and include a three course meal and a drink. “You really can’t go anywhere else for dinner and a show for that price, and a percentage of it is tax deductible,” Moore said.
Phyllis Appleby, a playwright from Memphis Tenn., writes the script for all of OTC’s productions. “She did a lot of research about Opelika and Lee County, and she said this might be one of her best shows yet. she included things like Spring Villa and the Golden Cherry Motel, and lots of Alabama history,” Moore added.
The victim in the plot is Clovis Pratt, and it is up to Godiva Bee (Moore) and her brother Archy Bee (Jay Jones) to find the culprit. As always, six or seven members of the audience will be chosen to join the play and participate in the improv fun. There will also be games that the audience will participate in during the show. At the end of the show, audience members will have the opportunity to vote on who will win the “best actor” award. To book your tickets to the production, call Moore at 663-4480.
Moore said people can expect a “whacky and funny” show that is appropriate for all ages. The meal will feature a BBQ themed meal with all of the traditional fixings.
The OTC has many plans in the works for the upcoming year. June 21-22 will be auditions the first children’s show, and there will be a gala in July. Moore and other OTC members have also been focusing on children’s acting classes and camps. Moore said she enjoys watching the children get into character and becoming so involved in the production.
“Supporting Opelika Theatre Company is a great way way to give back to the community,” Moore said.

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