Jalen Sexton as Norman Sneer
Sarah Robinson as Lizzie Bell
Samantha Dunn as Macie Dixon
Wil Terrell as Fred Finkelmeyer
Garrett Buchanan as Ricardo Montelato
Diane Frye as Samantha Star
Jalen Sexton as Zack LaPaine
Drew Bryan as Detective Jack Thursday
Richard Hill as Announcer
McDowell Technical Community College
From staff reports
The year is 1957.
Poodle skirts and Elvis are all the rage. Dwight D. Eisenhower has just started his second term as President of the United States. Televisions are replacing radio as entertainment, and the top-rated show on the air is “The Lizzie Show.” This sets the stage for McDowell Early College’s (MEC) interactive, theatrical, murder-mystery show set for this weekend.
The dinner theater production titled “Murder is on the Air” is a mysterious, fun and exciting performance by MEC students and staff. The play is directed by Early College instructors Nate Cline and Barbara Snyder. Diane Frye, also an instructor, will play one of the parts. All funds raised from this production will go toward paying for students' grade level trips and other required fees.
“Tempers are ready to erupt as the cast prepares for the live broadcast at network flagship station, WHAK,” reads the plot. “Who would guess that murder is in the script? Before the show comes to an unceremonious end, someone will die, the victim of the behind-the-scenes intrigues that some say are just a normal part of show biz.”
Sarah Robinson plays Lizzie Bell, a comedian and sitcom star, alongside Samantha Dunn as Macie Dixon, plus plenty of other colorful characters.
“The show puts Lizzie and Macie in awkward situations resulting in predictable, but amusing outcomes,” the plot says. “The show's antics are fast-paced and ridiculous, with Lizzie personally handling the commercials for the show's continuing sponsor, Vegitol, the tonic that boosts fatigued corpuscles. Each week, a guest star appears on the show - it's usually someone with a book or a new movie to promote.”
Ticket prices are $25 and include a dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and drink. Show times are Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Crane Resistoflex Auditorium of McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC). Dinner is served in the MTCC cafeteria. If the performances are canceled due to inclement weather, make up dates will announced at a later time.
For more information, contact MEC at 828-659-0411.