There will be murder

NATALIE BROWNBusselton Dunsborough Times

The Dunsborough Hall will become the scene of a “murder mystery” this month which will see theatregoers name the culprit.

Theatre group Wild Capers is staging its performance of Murder at the Music Hall this month which is set to include more audience participation than any of its previous performances since forming four years ago.

Producer Liza Black said the performance would open with the murder and those sitting among the audience would come under the spotlight as the mystery unfolded.

“Who’s sitting next to you could actually be in the play,” Ms Black said.

As more details are revealed during the performance, Ms Black said audience members would have their opportunity to play detective by figuring out the culprit.

The theatre is offering a prize for the table which correctly names the murderer.

A local cast includes doctor Geoff Taylor and Pro Busselton chief executive Ray McMillan.

Perth’s Kristen Arnott has brought her musical talent to the region for the performance as well.

Jonathan Tomlinson is the performance’s “murdered man” and was last seen on stage in Wild Cap ers’ performance as a Sergeant Major in O’ What a Lovely War.

Mrs Black said she wanted to encourage further audience involvement by displaying song lyrics throughout the night which would include those for well-known songs You Made Me Love You, Bill and Bush and All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor.

Mrs Black said, amid discussion of introducing purpose-built performance centres, she wanted to hold a show which would make the most of the group’s practice venue at the Dunsborough Hall.

“I’ve been thinking about the theatre and it offers a sort of intimacy and people I think enjoy that,” she said.

Mrs Black said the theatre group also had the advantage of being based in a small, close-knit community, where most theatre-goers would know the people on the stage.

“It’s really special and unfortunately dying too,” she said.

Murder at the Music Hall will be performed on October 27, 28 and 29 and November 3, 4 and 5.

Tickets cost $20 from Sea Change News and Gifts, Dunsborough or by calling 9759 1011.

A bar will be available on the night providing drinks and supper with the proceeds to be donated to local community groups.

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