Murder Mystery and Silent Auction this Weekend
QNEK Productions, the International Theatre Company in Residence at the Historic Haskell Opera House, leaves its home this weekend to present Murder in the Key of Death in the parish hall of First Universalist Parish of Derby Line. The audience-participation murder mystery was written by Susan-Lynn Johns, who penned QNEK’s recent production of Dracula, Lord of Night . The murder mystery with music is being presented as a benefit for First Universalist Parish. Accompanying the event will be a silent auction with a wide diversity of items and services including artworks by Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude; harp lessons by Chris Nicotera; live music in your home by Nicotera and his wife, Heather Webster; knitting lessons; hour-long motorcycle rides through the Kingdom; season passes to QNEK; and more. This marks the fourth year that QNEK and First Universalist have collaborated on productions, and the church members have continued to dazzle audiences with their delicious dessert concoctions. This special Valentine’s weekend presentation is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday that’s become known for sweet treats! The action of the mystery centers around a 1960s radio program, The Jimmy Jumper Variety Show, which enjoyed great popularity in the 30s and 40s, but has recently been hanging on by the skin of its teeth. Two network vice presidents are in attendance at the live broadcast to make a final decision on the fate of the show. Also on hand are Jimmy’s arm candy bride (18 if she’s a day), his former unforgiving wife, the talented singing announcer, and Jimmy’s capable production staff. Who gets shot? Who knows—everyone’s fair game! Who’s the killer? The celebrated detective team of Gagme and Stacey will find that out with the help of the audience. Cast members are Jim Cross (Jimmy Jumper), Kaitlyn Maxwell (Jilly Jumper), Charles Schneider (Howie Kansing), Judy Castonguay (Iva Price), Jessica DiMartino (Judy Jeeter), Katherine Maxwell (Mia Culpa), Rebecca Lefebvre (Norma Leigh Lucid), Jon O’Keefe (Loudon Cleare), Jocelyne Gervais (Clarissa Bell), and Roberta Chesney (Detective Spacy Forrent) of Island Pond; Jesse Martin (Brighton Early) of Norton; Ruth-Ann Fletcher (Detective Gagme Witherspoon) and Sue Kuzma (Sparky Lumins) of Derby; and Lynn Leimer (Myra Podwaller) and Douglas Flint (Izzy Moodie) of Newport. Due to limited seating and the need to plan for the number of desserts, reservations are encouraged. Please call the box office at 802-334-2216 for tickets and information. For show dates, check the QNEK website, www. qnek.com or call the box office.
Standing, left to right: Lynn Leimer, Douglas Flint, Kaitlyn Maxwell, Judy Castonguay, Roberta Chesney, Jim Cross, Sue Kuzma, Jon O’Keefe and Jocelyne Gervais Seated, left to right: Ruth-Ann Fletcher, Rebecca Lefebvre, Charles Schneider, Susan-Lynn Johns, Katherine Maxwell and Jesse Martin.