Wednesday, February 22, 2012
(Last modified: 2012-02-22 10:00:48)
 

Source: The Rogersville Review

MORRISTOWN - Following a successful first run of its play "Murder By Magic" at Rogersville's Hale Springs Inn, Two Pence Productions of Johnson City will bring an encore performance of the show to Morristown.
The show is scheduled for this Saturday, February 25, at the Rose Center, located at 442 West Second North Street. "Murder By Magic" is a an audience-interactive murder mystery that involves a range of zany characters who will make you jump, laugh and have a fun evening, according to director Adrian Thomas. "This show is a lot of fun," Thomas said. "There are spooky moments, confusing moments, silly moments and just plain hilarious moments. The clues to solve the mystery are right there in front of you. You just have to know where to look."  As the show begins, it is the 83rd anniversary of the long ago tragedy that ended the Rose Center's love affair with Vaudeville theatre.  In 1929 magician Morgo the Magnificent was performing his usual act of mind-boggling illusions and death defying stunts. As always, he was assisted by the beautiful Clarisse, his wife. The high point of the couple's performance was when Morgo would "saw" Clarisse in half - n illusion that wowed and delighted audiences of all ages. But one fateful night something went terribly wrong. Morgo sawed Clarisse in half. He really sawed her in half.  In grief and remorse Morgo hanged himself and the couple haunts the location to this day, particularly on the anniversary of the tragedy for which the audience is gathered. To entertain guests, Lois Merchant, CEO of Merchant Entertainment, has hired Simone the Psychic who will lead the audience in a seance to contact the ghosts of Morgo and Clarisse. Unfortunately, Simone appears to be a "few crystals short of a ball," as Thomas put it, and the seance does not proceed exactly as planned.  Someone has stopped breathing, and it isn't the ghosts. Murder by Magic is written by Eileen Moushey, directed by Thomas and stars Tod C. Riddle, Stephanie Sorrell, Paige Munroe-Mattocks, Jill Bruce Cunningham, Michele Green, and Winnie Seals as "Simone." Prizes will be awarded for the teams who best solve the mystery. A four-course meal will accompany the ticket price of $40 to the show.  The menu for will include: Apple Harvest Salad with Cinnamon Pecans tossed in a  Poppyseed Dressing, French Onion Soup, Chicken Francaise with Rice Pilaf and Grilled Asparagus, and Stuffed Crepes for dessert. 
Servers will be the cast of Encore Theatrical Company's comedy "Steel Magnolias." Due to adult humor and situations, Murder by Magic is recommended for mature audiences only. For reservations, questions about the menu or more information, call Two Pence Productions at (423) 202-3660.

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