Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Murder Ink Presents "Masquerade" Murder Mystery Dinner for City of Alamogordo, New Mexico

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Murder Ink acting troupe entertained 150 people on Saturday evening, October 13, 2018 at the Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center in fine style. "Masquerade" was written and directed by Connie Breding with assistance from Deborah Cobb who plays the role of Dee Skinner, the detective who questions everyone about the murder.

A brief synopsis is that the guests have just attended a first-rate touring production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's iconic musical, "Phantom of the Opera", and they are now gathered at the Civic Center for a late-night dinner and a meet and greet with the actors and crew of the production. In addition to a superb meal provided by Mountain View Caterers, they are entertained by the performers to a couple of musical numbers from the show. The ambiance provided by As You Wish decorators was just outstanding. It was a great night of mixing and mingling and fun trying to solve the murder.

The Civic Center was so elegantly decorated that I was compelled to photograph several settings for your enjoyment. I will let the photos speak for themselves.

Candelabras a must!
Encased Rose
Carla Kerr aka Leticia Rothburg Bloomington (production angel)
Guests, Jean Courtier and Trudy Reese
Beautiful table setting
Connie Breding, Writer and Director of "Masquerade"
Shawn Darling aka Rex Billingsly (The Phantom) and Keddy Lorraine aka Adele Wentworth (Christine)
Andrea Garcia aka Sabrina Anders (Madame Giry)
Bianca Lechuga aka Marla Cameron (Meg Giry)
Tina Lawhorn aka Calley Cues (light technician)
Heather Evans aka Emily Porter (Carlotta's maid)
Kimberly Rodriguez aka Willa Ushush (stage manager)
Patrick McDonald aka Dennis Deveroux (Piangi) and Heather Bash aka Collen Sweeney a (Carlotta)
Carla Kerr aka Leticia Rothburg Bloomington (production angel)
Many guests really got into the spirit of "Masquerade"
Lovely guest with Leticia (Carla)
Keddy Lorraine (Adele)
Santiago Rodriguez aka Rick Mallory (Firman) catching Leticia as she faints upon hearing that Rex (her son) is the murderer.
Director Connie Breding announcing the murderer's name
Connie hands the plaque to the gentleman who solved the murder mystery
Kerry Uribe looking on as the gentleman receives the second place plaque for his group's effort in solving the murder
At the end, Connie introduced each cast member who talked about themselves to help the guests know more about the actors.

Keddy Lorraine aka Adele Wentworth
Patrick McDonald aka Dennis Deveroux (Keddy's brother in real life)
Mary Cobb aka Ivana Dresser (costume maintenance)
Andrea Garcia aka Sabrina Anders
Gabe Mauger aka Josh Williams (brother of Ellie Mauger, production assistant)
Deborah Cobb aka Detective Dee Skinner
Shawn Darling aka Rex Billingsley
Carla Kerr aka Leticia Bloomington
Tony Calderon aka Gary Fairbanks (all the way from Tucson, Arizona)
Heather Evans aka Emily Porter (from Las Cruces, NM)
Tina Lawhorn aka Calley Cues  (the victim)
City of Alamogordo employees, Kerry Uribe and Josh Sides were absolutely the best at assisting us with everything. We do appreciate the two of you and all you do to make these events successful.

Thanks to my husband, Doug Kerr who took most of the pictures. He is working with a new camera and had some problems with it, but for the most part, he did a great job.

See you at the next murder mystery??

This is all I have to say for now.

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