Director Mike Cote is pleased to announce the cast of the upcoming October productioon of Paul Freed's hysterical murder mystery "Death By Chocolate". Leading the pack, as famous chocolatier and health spa owner Lady Riverdale, is Barbara Gaspar. The new, rather snarky, manager of the spa will be portrayed by Graham Muir and their underappreciated secretary Dyslexia by Susan Dearden. Ralph Deadwood, the gym manager and all around cad will be played by Jermaine Foster while aerobics instructor and Richard Simmons wannabe, Dick Simmering will be brought to life by Jeff Holstein. Chef Edith Chiles and head of the maintenace staff Alfred Mellox will be played by Marina Spears and Bruce Taylor, respectively. Rounding out the staff will be Julia Roberts (no not that one) as spa nurse Anne, and Candice Kruse as Sweetpea Meadowbrook as the daughter of the former owner of the spa. Add in Jeanene MacLean as snoopy investigative reporter Margaret Daniels, Jim Green as budding playwright Ed Parlour and a questionable box of chocolates and you have the recipe for a wonderful evening/afternoon of theater.
Summary: Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement. It’s up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause and the murderer. Delightfully sarcastic and cynical, Stone finds himself teaming up with Ed Parlor, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, in a wacky race against time. The clues point to a sinister box of chocolates, and the suspects include all the outlandish characters working for the resort. Could it be Lady Riverdale, owner of the resort and a woman with dark secrets? Or Ralph Deadwood, gym instructor and all around cad? Dick Simmering, the aerobics instructor? Anne, the panic-stricken nurse? Or could it be “Sweet Pea” Meadowbrook, overweight and grieving daughter of the recently deceased founder of the resort? Death by Chocolate combines all the elements of classic murder mysteries with a scathing satire of today’s health crazes.
The show runs October 6-9 at the Dunedin Community Center with performances starting at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the door.