Audience takes the spotlight at Springfield High’s Murder Mystery night

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Overhead stage lights illuminated not only the actors in a murder mystery dinner at Springfield High School but the audience too.

Murder Mystery night featured dinner, a performance of Death of Dr. Drisco, and a mystery for the audience to solve at Springfield High’s theater, 875 7th St. The show runs through Saturday night; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14.

The audience was center stage at the interactive show, dining on either parmesan crusted chicken with roasted red potatoes and green beans or vegetarian lasagna provided by Bubba’s Smoky Mountain Cuisine, hearing clues during intermission, and asking questions before the final reveal.

Student director Moses Stone made the leap from acting to directing, leading the cast during his first foray into theatre direction

“I knew our class would be ready to put a show like this on,” Stone said. “But I never knew it could happen with me at the head.”

The production was highlighted with standout performances by the whole cast – notably Chris Dickson and Yolanda Maciel.

Theatre teacher Jill Plumb said, “We get a lot of repeat customers at this event, and the new ones are just floored. They can’t believe something like this exists.”

Plumb said the curriculum of interactive theater challenges students and rewards them with college credit and opportunities to collaborate with programs across the country, including the Manhattan Theatre Club.

For more information call the ticket office at (541) 914-8095.

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