High Ticket Demand Prompts Additional Seating for "A Grovey Kind of Murder"

  • Farmer Murphy (Danny Glenn) is not too welcoming to strangers on his land in "A Grovey Kind of Murder." Carl Zeitler

    Farmer Murphy (Danny Glenn) is not too welcoming to strangers on his land in "A Grovey Kind of Murder." Carl Zeitler

 
Carl Zeitler
Updated 9/28/2016 7:22 AM

PEACE, LOVE, and ... HOMICIDE!!!

People are finding that this motto for a new murder mystery dinner theater production is appealing. Additional seating has been added due to high demand for tickets. The original ticket limit has been expanded, so get your tickets now before they are all gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

WT Productions presents "A Grovey Kind of Murder," written, produced, and directed by Debbi Dennison and Carl Zeitler. This interactive production features Bill Boggs, Mark Brewer, Debbi Dennison, Vicky Giannini, Danny Glenn, Carolyn Larsen, and Carl Zeitler. Ticket reservations are now available for the one night only performance on Saturday Oct. 8.

Travel back in time to 1966. The newly formed Elk Grove Village Park District has received mixed reaction from the local community. A prominent and extremely upbeat citizen seeks to become the first director of the Park District and has organized a meet-and-greet event to win favor with the community. Several people join in the festivities: a grumpy and paranoid farmer, a children's librarian who carries around a stuffed elephant, a local businessman who is highly enthusiastic about a new TV show called "Star Trek," a first-year high school math teacher who has the urge to protest pretty much anything under the sun, a village employee who writes the community newsletter but has aspirations of being a TV news reporter, and a free-spirit hippie outsider who has random premonitions. One of these seven individuals will die during the course of the evening. The other six will be suspects with motives, means, and opportunities to have committed the murder.

Zeitler has written or cowritten eight previous murder mysteries, including two with Dennison, for other venues and believes that people who come to this show will find it entertaining. "The interactive style brought about by several dynamic and fun characters makes this type of show engaging. Debbi and I have done a lot of research to bring the feeling of 1966 Elk Grove Village to life. Everyone will feel the vibe of 60s culture, even down to music played during the social interactions. Residents of Elk Grove Village will find some references even more humorous based on those community connections, but everyone who attends will follow along with the story just as well. People who have never seen a murder mystery dinner theater production come away pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the performance was."

Social hour starts at 6 p.m. and the actors in character come out and mingle with the audience. You may pick up on background details which could help you solve the crime. The show itself starts at 7 p.m. A cash bar is available. During dessert, audience members will be able to fill out a form on who they think did it and why. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the evening. Feel free to get in the spirit of the evening and dress up in 1960s fashion, though it is not a requirement to attend the show. The production is part of a year-long celebration of the Elk Grove Village Park District's 50th anniversary.

Zeitler has written or cowritten eight previous murder mysteries, including two with Dennison, for other venues and believes that people who come to this show will find it entertaining. "The interactive style brought about by several dynamic and fun characters makes this type of show engaging. Debbi and I have done a lot of research to bring the feeling of 1966 Elk Grove Village to life. Everyone will feel the vibe of 60s culture, even down to music played during the social interactions. Residents of Elk Grove Village will find some references even more humorous based on those community connections, but everyone who attends will follow along with the story just as well. People who have never seen a murder mystery dinner theater production come away pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the performance was."

Proceeds from ticket sales of "A Grovey Kind of Murder" go to help the Elk Grove Parks Foundation, which is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting safe and innovative parks and recreational opportunities for the Elk Grove Park District. Tickets are $40 per person and include the show and dinner with dessert. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets have been selling quickly, so order yours today to ensure a spot by going to https://hotreg.elkgroveparks.org/Start/start.asp. The barcode program number is 98000. You may also call 847-437-9494. The production will take place in the Garden Terrace Banquet Room at the Elk Grove Village Pavilion at 1000 Wellington Ave in Elk Grove Village. Free parking is available.