Mur­der Mys­tery and Silent Auc­tion this Week­end

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Derby, VT

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. or call the box of­fice.

photo cour­tesy of QNEK

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.

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