Audience to decide how the old ‘slaying’ goes

Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2008


  Jamie Nelson DOA as audience decides mystery outcome in "You Know the Old Slaying" opening this weekend at Triumvirate Theatre.

Jamie Nelson DOA as audience decides mystery outcome in "You Know the Old Slaying" opening this weekend at Triumvirate Theatre.

Murder mystery takes center stage this weekend at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall, as Angie Nelson directs Michal Jacot’s “You Know the Old Slaying.” As in most mysteries the appeal and challenge is to figure out the guilty party without being fooled by the author, but in this mystery stage play the out come is up to you and the audience, “It’s actually an audience participation show where the audience votes as to who dun it at the end of the show, so we have 5 different endings depending on whom the audience chooses as the guilty one,” Nelson told the Dispatch.

According to Nelson during intermission the audience may actually question the cast of characters, with the exception of the victim of course, to gain further insights on how they’ll choose for the play to end, “And of course if some good questions come up during the one on one interviews, we’ll share them with the whole audience at the end prior to the vote,” added Nelson. She says they were looking for a fun theatre experience for the audience and the actors when Nelson came across the “Old Slaying”,”There have been some great shows on the Peninsula so we decided to try something a bit different with this murder mystery, and we hope the audience will have as much fun as we are having in rehearsing the show,” added Nelson.

The plot of the show which seems to include a few Shakespearean techniques involves a traveling theatre group getting ready to present their play, when one of their actors is murdered, “You Know the Old Slaying showcases some of our local talents posing as a traveling theater group. The eclectic group includes novices to the stage along with veteran performers that are enjoying bringing a fun light-hearted story to life. The characters in the group have a checkered past that will only be revealed through questioning from the audience. The audience watches the entire action climax in a murder, and then helps recreate the events prior to it. After bickering and delving into some of the secrets of these characters, order is restored to the stage by voting for the murderer by majority. Every night could feature a different ending so we expect folks will want to come several times and see each ending,” said Nelson.

The mystery features the local talents of Adam Meyers, Jamie Nelson, Justin Smith, Charlissa Magen, Karlene Meyers and Jenny Neyman. Tickets are available at the door each night with performances at 7:00pm each evening at the Triumvirate April 4th & 5th and 11th & 12th. Adult admission is only $7.00 and $5.00 for students.

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