CCAC Night of Chocolate Saturday

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Director Gail Burns (right) is pictured working with Cathy Norred in preparation for the upcoming CCAC Night of Chocolate theatre event.(courtesy photo)

Offering a sweet treat of mystery and comedy this Saturday, just in time for Valentine's Weekend, the Clay County Arts Council is proud to present their 15th Annual Night of Chocolate. This year's event will be held at the Rector Community Center. The popular annual offering will include a wonderful meal along with the audience participation dinner theatre event Murder at the Pie Auction by Michael Druce.

In the production, Felicity Hubbard (Jane Gatewood) and Minaret Towers (Tracy Horton) are equally baffled how, after years of trying to land the famous Mother Mabel's Pie Baking Contest and Auction, tiny Mynute, Alaska, was chosen to host the event. Even the famous Julia Lyle (Cathy Norred) will be participating, baking her famous Very Cherry Cherry Pie at the contest in hopes of winning first place for the fifth straight year.

Other bakers hope her victory will not be quite so easy. Roger Marble (McKain Holman) and Eve Simsone (Tonya May) offer a challenge. Arriving to judge the contest is Gay Templeton (Glenna Bookout) and Phoebe Muffet (Debbie Adams) will cover all the action for Mynute's weekly newspaper and will supply plenty of action herself.

To complicate matters, an actress Roxie Roberts (Patty McHaffey) boarded a plane in Baltimore and somehow arrived at the Pie Contest and Auction. Markie Tucker (Janet McDonald), Felicity's assistant, tries to follow through on all the demands of her job, but she is exasperated most of the time.

To add more interest to the event, a live auction will take place during the play. During this auction, ten signature pies from Madpie's Tea Room and Shoppes will be auctioned as a fund raiser for the Scholarship Fund for CCAC. The audience is encouraged to be generous in buying these delicious creations made by Patty McHaffey and her daughter Tonya May.

The Night of Chocolate is catered by Traveling Wisk offering a buffet dinner with two meats, three vegetables, a specialty salad, drinks, and a dessert table including the fabulous chocolate fountain. Tickets are still available for the Valentine Event at Honeysuckle and Home, Madpie's, Treasure Chest, and Lolly's and are $35 each and no tickets will be sold at the door. Patrons should arrive early for seating as dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m.

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