Originally created 07/29/06

Dinner theater will be mystery



Cast members in The Conundrum on the Crackerjack Cruise are keeping the mystery under wraps until next weekend's performance.

The play will be staged by the adult singles group at First Baptist Church in North Augusta. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the play starts at 6:30 Saturday, Aug. 5.

Though the dinner theater is a singles event, not all the actors are single. Casting some married people in the roles left more singles to watch the event, said Ty Lochridge, the minister of senior and single adults.

He drafted youths from the church to serve the four-course meal.

The setting for the four-act play is a tropical voyage.

"We are turning our administration building into a cruise ship," the Rev. Lochridge said.

Guests will get a lei when they board the First Baptist ship USS Jubilation; they can shoot pool or play table tennis before eating.

Actors will stay in character between scenes and chat with diners.

Guests can linger over dessert while they question the actors about the whodunit. When they think they've solved it, each table of diners will turn in a ballot, then sit back to watch the last act.

The Rev. Lochridge promises even the clueless a prize.

Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

DINNER THEATER


WHAT: The Conundrum on the Crackerjack Cruise, presented by the adult singles group at First Baptist Church in North Augusta


WHERE: 625 Georgia Ave.


WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 5; doors open at 5:30, play at 6:30


COST: $7 in advance, $10 after Thursday, includes dinner; tickets available at the church


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