July 18th, 2019

dinner theater auditionsL&T file photoROBERT PIERCE
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Though the event itself is still a few months away, plans are already under way for a dinner theater fundraiser for Stepping Stone Shelter.

The theater itself will take place Feb. 9, 2019, at the Seward County Activity Center with a murder mystery theme, and Stepping Stone Director Bambi Fulton said the show is in need of characters.

“We need five main characters, and there’s two audience characters,” she said. “We’re holding auditions this Saturday from 10 to 2 at the Rec Center. Anyone who wants to be a part of the play can come audition for the parts.”

The play itself, “Mayhem in Mayville,” is set in Minnesota, and Fulton said the time period can be adjusted for the story.

“The book says 1980s, but I think they’ve done it in the 1950s diner setting,” she said. “It’s kind of the murder mystery just like the game, ‘Clue.’ You walk in and try to solve it. From what I understand, it’s got a big surprise ending. I haven’t made it all the way through my book yet, but I think it’s going to be really fun. This is something people have commented on and asked us if we were going to do something like that, so the idea came to mind. I think it’s going to be super fun.”

The upcoming dinner theater comes on the heals of the success of a similar show in which Stepping Stone partnered with the local theater group, Rainbow Players, an effort which Fulton called fantastic.

“This year, we just kind of decided to go a different way, but I did send out an invite for the Rainbow Players to be able to try out for parts if they wanted to,” she said.

While the 2017 dinner theater was a great one, Fulton said she is expecting even greater results from this year’s show.

“I actually think we’ll probably have more people this year,” she said. “I’m expecting more people. It went over so well last year, so I think we’re going to have a few more.”

Fulton said auditions will take place this weekend, and it will be a little while before tickets goi on sale.

“Right now, we just have a save the date flyer out there,” she said. “Ticket sales will probably start in December or January. We don’t want to do it too far ahead. It’s going to be the same as last year – $30 for an individual and $50 for a couple. That’s for the dinner theater with the show, and the shelter will be doing the dinner again like they did before.”

Fulton said all of the money will go back to Stepping Stone.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser, so all of it will go back into the shelter,” she said.

For more information, contact Bambi at the Stepping Stone Shelter 620-626-6024 or Ronna at the Recreation Center 620-626-0133.

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