Sunday, March 27, 2016

NMSU-A Theater 105 Acting Class Murder Mystery Dinner Play

Thursday, March 24, 2016

On Thursday evening, March 24, 2016 members of Theater Acting Class 105 at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, New Mexico acted in a murder mystery improvisation set in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury District in the 1960's which they wrote as a Spring 2016 Midterm Project. They produced murder, mayhem, mystery and flower power! Each member created their own costumes as well. Spectators were encouraged to attend in 60's attire. Professor Connie Breding directed this fun and funny production which started out at 5:30 PM in the Campus Deli for pizza, salad and beverages. The show continued with everyone walking over to the Rohovec Theatre on the Hill for the final act.

The cast included Julia Newton as Sunshine Moonshine, Cheryl Carroll as Smokey McWeed, Laurie Clark as Purple Butterfly, Susan Gallegos as the former Mrs. Timothy Leery, Kimba Nichels as Mayor Marlene Moonbeam, Harry Crinklaw as Rickster Rockstar and his Gerbils, Mary Cobb as Wanda Schizzle, and Deborah Cobb as Mama Schizzle.

The photos will tell the story better than I can.

Connie Breding directing
Front L to R: Susan Gallegos, Julie Newton, Cheryl Carroll, Back L to R: Kimba Nichels, Mary Cobb, Harry Crinklaw, Deborah Cobb and Laurie Clark
Cast and Attendees
Rickster Rockstar and Wanda Schizzle
Mama Schizzle
Attendees Tet and Alan Gonzales
Attendee Carla Kerr

Sunshine Moonshine
Purple Butterfly
Smokey McWeed
Mayor Marlene Moonbeam
Attendee with baby son
Wanda Schizzle talking with Purple Butterfly
Carla Kerr with Grace and Victoria Kennedy
Mrs. Timothy Leery
Wanda Sizzle with Rickster Rockstar

Two youngest audience members meet each other

Smokey McWeed
Smokey, Connie and Purple Butterfly having some interesting cookies
Uh-oh! Looks like Mama Schizzle has found a joint
L to R: Wanda, Rickster, Mayor Moonbeam, Mrs. Leery and Mama Schizzle
Mrs. Leery looking sad
The murder mystery has now moved to the theater.

Apparently Sunshine Moonbeam has been murdered
The accusations start
Mrs. Leery asking for respect for the dead
Mayor Moonbeam questioning suspects
Questioning continues
Mrs. Leery breaking up over the death of Sunshine Moonshine
Grace Kennedy, young hippie
Grace and her Daddy
The show was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed the evening, especially the actors in their improvised roles. This was definitely a great way to spend an evening.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for the great pictures.

This is all I have to say for now.

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