Monday, February 19, 2018

Theatre on the Hill Actors in Murder Mystery Weekend

Friday-Sunday, February 16-18, 2018

"Murder on the Cloudcroft Express", a spoof of Murder on the Orient Express, a play written and directed by Connie Breding, drama professor at NMSU-A in Alamogordo, was presented for a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Weekend at the Lodge Resort and Spa in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The hotel was sold out with people coming from several states around as well as across New Mexico for this FUN, interactive experience.

It is set in the early 1920's so the cast dressed appropriately for the era. The back story is that we are on the Cloudcroft Express from Phoenix, Arizona to Santa Fe, New Mexico. However, when we are on the Mexican Train Trestle at Cloudcroft there is an avalanche trapping us on the tracks. The engineer is able to back the train up enough so that the ski patrol and the Lodge employees are able to rescue us and bring us to the Lodge until the tracks can be cleared. As we are leaving the train a dead gentleman is discovered in his sleeping quarters and it appears he has been murdered and so it goes from there.

We have a cast of seventeen plus two crew members (Connie Breding, the director and Geowie Mosqueda, her able assistant).

We all had a marvelous time as did the attendees and I say this because they had many complimentary remarks to make about our actors.

On Friday night, we attended a champagne cocktail party with all the hotel clients and had dinner with them as well. They asked many questions about the dead man while trying to solve "who dunnit".

We had a repeat of the cocktail party and dinner on Saturday night and someone else gets murdered during that time. Now things get complicated for everyone! I did manage to get some great pictures of the cast that I will share with you.

Prince Advilromanoff played by Philipp Hedfeld

Anthony Falconetti (Fast Tony) played by Patrick McDonald
Sergeant Morrisey played by Gabe Mauger and Miss Jane Marple played by Ellie Mauger
Gerda Schmolsson played by Carla Kerr
Myron Buck played by Tony Calderon
Geowie Mosqueda, all around go-to guy for whatever you need and Connie's able assistant
Ed Minuteman played by John Burnie
Princess Advilromanoff played by Keddy Richardson with her prince
Hercules Parrot, played by JD Hilliard
Professor Connie Breding giving last minute instructions in the green room
Anthony Falconetti and Hercules Parrot
Heather Evans played by Hester McQueen
Contessa Dragonitsky played by Ulrike Burgheim
Marilee Devonshire played by Susan Gallegos
Helga Mortenson played by Andrea Garcia
Hercules Parrot, Prince Advilromanoff and Princess Advilromanoff, strategizing
Cornelia Cuppboard played by Deborah Cobb
Most of the Cast
The above pictures were taken on Saturday night. The following pictures were taken on Sunday morning, February 18, 2018, where we reveal the winners who solved the murders and award prizes right after an excellent breakfast. First, second and third prizes are given by the Lodge Resort and Spa and the Booby Prize and Costume Prize are given by the NMSU-A Theatre Guild.

JD Hilliard with the winner of the First Prize
Winner of the Second Prize with JD
Winner of the Third Prize with JD
Winner of the Booby Prize, a bottle of New Mexico wine, flanked by Carla Kerr and JD
Rachel, winner of the Best Costume Prize, a bottle of New Mexico wine, with Carla and JD
I do apologize for not getting the rest of the names of the prize winners. We will be doing this again on April 27-29, 2018 at the Lodge Resort and Spa in Cloudcroft because they sold out and had a waiting list of people wanting to come and I will make sure to get the prize winners names this time.

I also failed to get a picture of Monica Desjardins who played the part of Dr. Tina Constant, Coroner and Julia Newton who played the part of Hildegarde Schmitten. My apologies to both of you. I'll catch you on the next one.

If you ever have a chance to play in one of these murder mysteries, don't hesitate. For the most part, it is improvisational and you have a chance to really get into your character. Tons of FUN.

This is all I have to say for now.

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