CCAC Gears Up for Next Event

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Jane Gatewood, as Melanie the hippie, and Cathy Norred, as Volleny the truck driver cowgirl, check on Rosemary, portrayed by Glenna Bookout, during practice for the upcoming production of "Café Murder."

The Clay County Arts Council, Inc. is gearing up for its next exciting event, the popular annual Night of Chocolate and Dinner Theatre scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Rector Community Center.

This year marks the return of the popular dinner theatre, with the organization hosting the murder mystery, "Café Murder." The play, written by Nathan Hartswick, is produced with special arrangement through the Pioneer Drama service and is sure to be a hit with the crowd.

The audience will once again help Detective Flash, played by the always hilarious Ronda Haney. Flash will attempt to solve the crime; however this year Flash is also a suspect, thus the audience has a complete task to unscramble the puzzle. Other members of the cast are as follows: Buddy Bradberry as the Ma"tre d; Glenna Sigsby Bookout as Rosemary the birthday guest; Charlie Grimes as Mark the banker; Jane Gatewood as Melanie the hippie; Christa Hedrick as Valerie the valley girl; Cathy Jane Norred as Volleny the truck driver cowgirl; Joseph Hargrave as Franc the charming chef and Kailyn Conley Fender as the waitress. Gail Burns is stage director for the production.

Before the case begins, the audience will enjoy a delicious meal catered by The Traveling Whisk of Kennett. The meals are a crowd favorite, and the chocolate fountain and desserts are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

While enjoying the meal, those in attendance will be entertained with Christmas music provided by Laura French of Piggott.

This is a reserve seat only dinner; therefore all planning to attend must purchase tickets in advance no later than Dec. 3.

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