Murder, mystery and dinner

Published 10:23 pm Monday, September 9, 2013

Jordan Moser, Marissa Gross, Makayla Hayley, Bayley Smith, Kate Bridgeforth, Zach Balint and Gabby Martin, members of King’s Fork High School’s Dog Pound Players, will perform “Boardwalk Melody Hour Murders” during a dinner theater event at the downtown Hilton next Friday.

Jordan Moser, Marissa Gross, Makayla Hayley, Bayley Smith, Kate Bridgeforth, Zach Balint and Gabby Martin, members of King’s Fork High School’s Dog Pound Players, will perform “Boardwalk Melody Hour Murders” during a dinner theater event at the downtown Hilton next Friday.

When King’s Fork High School students perform a play set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City next Friday, audience members may think they’ve stumbled into a set from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

The Dog House Players will perform “Boardwalk Melody Hour Murders” for a dinner theater murder mystery at downtown Suffolk’s Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront.

The show starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 20, and tickets at $20 include a four-course meal catered by the Hilton, according to Jennifer Miguel.

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“This is our fifth dinner theater,” the drama teacher said. “I think the main reason I like to do it is it’s a good way for the community to see a show — it’s cheaper than dinner and a movie.”

Sophomore Jordan Moser plays Sammy “Pretty Boy” Bambino, host of the evening at the Imperial Ballroom were the mystery unfolds.

“I’ve been in drama a while — since the seventh grade,” Moser said. “It mainly just gives me an opportunity to be myself, because I love acting and performing.”

Preparations are going well, Moser says: “I’m awesome at learning lines.”

Another sophomore, Marissa Gross, plays Bunny Babes Beringer, another important character of the play.

“I break out of the state penitentiary and have to steal back my baby,” Gross said.

Next Friday’s sole performance will be a first time on the stage for Gross.

“I’m a little bit nervous,” she said.

Another eight students are involved in the four-act show. Installments in the four-course dinner will be served at the start and in between acts, Miguel said.

The show is interactive, she said, with students in character sitting among the audience.

“They have to be in the moment of the show all the time,” she said.

Miguel said the Hilton approached the school about doing the show “to get their name out there and our name out there.”

“We have been rehearsing since about August,” she said. “It’s going pretty well. I’m pretty impressed so far.

“Costumes are coming in this week — and props and everything — so I think it’s going to be a good show.”

The performance will take place in the Nansemond Ballroom.

For tickets or more information, contact Miguel at 923-5240 or jennifermiguel@spsk12.net.