Opelika Theatre Company hosts murder mystery dinner
The Opelika Theatre Company will host its first Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on Saturday,Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Irish Bred Pub in Opelika. The event generated so much response, the theatre company has had to plan a second Murder Mystery Dinner Theater for Sunday, Oct. 25 at Niffer’s at the Tracks in Opelika when the first event’s tickets sold out.
Marty Moore, Memphis native and one of the founding members of the Opelika Theatre Company, has been involved in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. Moore performed in murder mystery dinner theaters in Memphis written by playwright Phyllis Appleby, owner of Death Du Jour Murder Mystery Theater in Memphis. These past experiences served as an inspiration for the upcoming events in Opelika.
According to Moore, the success of the murder mystery dinner theater surprised the theatre company.
“Initially, we were going to do one show,” Moore said. “We are now having to do a second show, and we are basically pretty much sold out. We are still waiting for some money to come in from some of the reservations, and if they don’t come in by the weekend or by Monday, then we will have some reservations open.”
Tickets for these shows are $38, and a portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater ticket sales generated so much response, plans are being made all the way into next year to accommodate the growing interest in the event.
“We have had so much response, Niffer’s has already booked us for a huge Valentine’s show at their place,” Moore said. “So, if people miss this performance or these performances, they can get on our list and start making reservations now so that they will not miss the upcoming event, especially the Valentine’s show in February.”
The main characters of the show are Godiva Bee and her brother Archibald Bee. The other characters will be selected from people who have made reservations. These characters will not receive the script until the night of the show. However, they will receive a description of the character they will be playing several days prior to the performance.
Those interested in purchasing tickets, getting on a wait list for the events or getting on an e-mail contact list for future events should contact Marty Moore at 334-663-4480.
This story was originally published in The Corner News on October 19, 2015. The story was written for an assignment for my PRCM4020 Style and Design in Public Relations Messages course at Auburn University in fall 2015.