Participatory Murder Mystery Marks Orland Park Theatre Troupe First

Participatory Murder Mystery Marks Orland Park Theatre Troupe First
Posted on 07/16/2010

The Orland Park Theatre Troupe's summer show marks a first for the village program. "'Til Death Do Us Part," an audience participation murder mystery, will be performed July 30 and 31 with the standard theater setting being replaced by a wedding reception.

"This is the first time we've done an audience participation show and we're already very excited with the community's response," said Recreation Department Operations Manager Irene Buikema, executive producer of the village's shows.

Orland Park's Resident Director/Producer Frann Carnivele is leading the show with Jim Sharp of Orland Park serving as assistant director.

"The audience will be guests at what is best described as an offbeat wedding and reception, with many exciting twists and turns," Carnivele-Sidlow said. "We have an amazing cast and it promises to be a great evening of participatory theater," she added.

Neither the groom's parents nor the bride's former boyfriends want the wedding to happen, all making for an event filled with mystery and surprises.

Orland Park's Kelly Dillon and Christopher Casper are the bride and groom, Lotus Blossom and Leo Lomax, respectively. The less than happy in-laws are played by Julianna Wroblewski of Mokena and Kevin O'Sullivan of New Lenox. Lockport's Cassandra Balaskas is Betsy Crocker, the bride's aunt and the event caterer.

Cast members from Orland Park also include Melanie Stanko as Fanny Fishburne, Munira Boxwalla as LuLu Depew, Camille Colburne as Glinda and Bryan Riess portraying Howard.

Jim Mazeika of Oak Lawn appears as Newton Figg with Nicholas James of Mokena portraying Detective Peter Peabody. Lori Belmonte of Oak Forest is Cousin Etta with Jaclyn Marta of Homer Glen playing Aunt Hildy. Katie O'Sullivan, of New Lenox, is Rhoda with Olympia Fields' Jonathan "JT" Thompkins appearing as Ramon Escobar. Alice Trull of Hickory Hills plays Mother Gearth.

The $25 per person ticket includes attendance at the wedding, hors d'oeuvres and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Advance tickets may be purchased at Orland Park's Franklin Loebe Recreation Center, 14650 South Ravinia Avenue.

Performances are Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31 at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Avenue. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served beginning at 7:00 p.m. with the performance beginning at 8:00 p.m. Dessert will be served during intermission.

"We expect both performances to sell out so buying advance tickets now at the Loebe Center is highly recommended," Buikema said.

"Everyone is invited to enjoy some exciting community theater, close to home and reasonably priced," Carnivele-Sidlow said.

For more information, call the Orland Park Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.