Whodunit ‘Mystery Dinner Theater’ returns to Yukon March 21

Comedy benefit for Yukon's Compassionate Hands

Members of the Whodunit Dinner Theater will present “Grave Gatsby” – a 1920s murder mystery comedy – on March 21 at Yukon’s St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 600 S Garth Brooks Blvd. The event will benefit Yukon’s Compassionate Hands faith-based ministry. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

A mystery dinner theater is back by popular demand to support a faith-based Yukon service ministry.

“Grave Gatsby” – a 1920s mystery “roaring with laughter, flappers and dappers” – will be staged Saturday, March 21 at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 600 S Garth Brooks Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. inside the church’s Marian Hall, which seats 140 people.

Members of the Whodunit Dinner Theater will present the comedy murder mystery show to support Yukon’s Compassionate Hands.

Yukon Compassionate Hands’ Director Joanne Riley said the “Grave Gatsby” mystery dinner theater set March 21 will be an upscale “evening out” to support the non-profit service ministry. (Photo by Jack Hinton)

“This will be an upscale dinner theater to raise money to support our neighbors in need in Yukon and to provide transportation to seniors and residents with disabilities,” Compassionate Hands’ director Joanne Riley said.

“This will be an opportunity for people to enjoy a beautiful evening out while supporting your Yukon non-profit ministry that serves your neighbors.”

Grave Gatsby audience members will enjoy a 1920s-themed comedy murder mystery.

“All of our murder mysteries are light-hearted,” said playwright Terri Myers, Whodunit’s owner-producer. “This one will involve some Prohibition, speakeasy-type situations. It’s a fun and light-hearted event in a casual atmosphere.”

Audience members will be asked to solve a murder mystery.

“Toward the end of the evening, after they’ve learned all kinds of things about the interactions of the characters, one of the characters will die and then the audience gets to vote – in teams – on who they think’s done it,” Myers said.

Read more about the Whodunit Dinner Theater in an upcoming feature article in The Yukon Progress.

Dinner will be provided by Spanish Cove Catering – and the mouth-watering is already underway.

The menu features: Bourbon-glazed beef tenderloin, honey orange roasted chicken breast, mini-roasted potatoes, apple risotto, buttery fried corn, parmesan basil green beans, sweet yeast rolls, and four-tier layer cake.

“We’ll have an ‘art deco’ décor – and it will be really nice,” Riley said. “We’ll also offer a dessert auction and silent auction with local items, along with a wine pull.”

Tickets to the March 21st “Grave Gatsby” mystery dinner theater are $50 each, available online at compassionatehandsyukon.org.

Table ($250) and dinner ($500) sponsors are needed.

For more information, call the Compassionate Hands’ office at 354-9591.


A ministry of the Yukon Ministerial Alliance since 1994, Compassionate Hands served 274 households and 665 individuals (277 under age 18) during 2019. Total assistance given was $40,793.

Compassionate Hands offers rent assistance, temporary lodging, utility bills, prescriptions, and gasoline cards for clients to go to and from work and medical appointments.

Compassionate Hands also provides personal items like diapers, baby wipes, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and personal hygiene products to those who need it.

Compassionate Hands operates two vans that take elderly residents and people with physical disabilities to medical appointments, physical therapy and dialysis, the grocery store, library, senior center, and some personal errands.

The “Care-A-Van” vans made 3,268 trips in 2019 totaling 33,335 miles driven. The transportation service helped 1,373 seniors and 483 residents with disabilities.

The Yukon non-profit ministry is a Canadian County United Way partner agency.