By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: October 2009
Pat Simmons, Arts and Humanities Council of Owasso vice president, and Kristi Gatton, president, prepare for an evening of murder, mystery and merriment to help support art and music programs in the local schools.
A pirate ship docks in Owasso. The spirited passengers disembark for an evening of merriment. Soon one of them is dead – murdered! Now the Arts and Humanities Council of Owasso needs your help in solving this crime.
On November 7 the AHCO will present “Murder Among the Mateys,” an interactive murder mystery dinner. This year’s event, the sixth hosted by the nonprofit organization, features a rowdy pirate theme.
“This is not a sit and watch dinner theater,” explains Kristi Gatton, AHCO president. “Everyone is part of the murder mystery.”
Judging from past events, most people wouldn’t have it any other way. Kristi recalls trying a traditional dinner theater format several years ago, in which an audience sat and watched a theatrical performance. Their reaction was overwhelming; they wanted to be a part of the show! “Now everyone who wants an active part can have one,” she says.
The evening begins with a mouthwatering catered dinner at the Simmons Barn on 96th Street North and Memorial Drive. Pirate attire is encouraged but not necessary. Then all the crime-solving sleuths will be put to the test. Search for clues. Examine the evidence. Could your dinner matey be the murderer?
Prizes will be awarded for the person who solves the crime and for the best costume. After the villain is captured, the 4 Players will present favorite tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s for jolly good dancing. Perhaps the villain will be sentenced to do a little solo jig. All kinds of surprises will unfold throughout the evening.
Cost for the murder mystery dinner and dance is $40 per person. Seating is limited, and reservations must be made in advance.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Arts and Humanities Council of Owasso. In addition to sponsoring cultural projects for the community, their efforts play a large role in supporting art and music programs in the local schools. Budgets are tight, but the AHCO has been able to step in and fill gaps that keep these activities going.
Kristi says the all-volunteer group prefers to call the murder mystery dinner event a “friendraiser.” Not only do they raise funds, their efforts raise awareness of the work they do and their need for more volunteers. Other board members who took part in the project include Pat Simmons, Stacy Spriggs and Kristi Leverenz.
For reservations or information about “Murder Among the Mateys,” call (918) 408-0809.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.