By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A fun, unique “night out” for people who want to do something with family and friends that creates memories.
That’s how local playwright Terri Myers describes what WhoDunit Dinner Theater has provided audience members for nearly 30 years.
Recognized as one of the country’s top comedy troupes, WhoDunit Dinner Theater will return to Yukon this month to benefit Compassionate Hands’ faith-based service ministry.
The performers will present a 1920s Prohibition-era comedy murder mystery titled “Grave Gatsby” on Saturday, March 21 at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 600 S Garth Brooks Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.
“Our entire goal is to ‘lighten people’s load’,” said Myers, Whodunit’s owner-producer and author. “We all have work problems and family problems. Whenever you step through the doors to see a WhoDunit show, we just tell you to leave your burdens at the door, lighten your mood and get ready to have a good time.
“Laughter’s the best medicine. Even doctors say that.”
WhoDunit Dinner Theater, featuring scripts written by Myers, is touted as Oklahoma’s best and longest-running comedy murder mystery dinner theater.
“We have professional actors that put on a comedy show,” Myers said. “The audience eats dinner first, and once about 80 percent of the plates are removed, then the show begins.
“There is no ‘fourth wall’ in our performances. What that means is that the actors will talk to the people who are there. It’s interactive. … There’s no pressure, but it’s easy for an audience member to be involved.”
The “Grave Gatsby” dinner theater on March 21 to benefit Compassionate Hands features the murder mystery comedy show, a tasty meal provided by Spanish Cove catering, silent and dessert auctions, and wine pull.
GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE
WhoDunit’s Myers promises a “good time” for all who attend.
“All of our shows are appropriate for everyone,” she said. “For Compassionate Hands, we perform at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church and School. We don’t have to change our scripts when we go into churches or schools – we are appropriate for everyone.”
WhoDunit Dinner Theater actors perform private shows for schools, churches, civic groups, company parties, family reunions and more. They also perform public shows regularly at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Event Center and Ted’s Escondido Event Center in Oklahoma City.
Most shows are in the Oklahoma City area, but the troupe does perform across Oklahoma and in surrounding states.
The WhoDunit Dinner Theater started in January 1991. Myers was hired as an actress at age 16 that March.
“We require talent and the ability to travel,” she said. “Most of our actors are professionals who have graduated with a theater degree. … We have auditions twice a year if we have a need for staff.”
The cast list now features 10 actors and two directors. Four actors perform in each show.
For more information on WhoDunit Dinner Theater, call 420-3222 or visit www.whodunit.net to view videos and more details.
Tickets to the March 21st benefit show in Yukon are $50 each; available at compassionatehands.org. Table ($250) and dinner ($500) sponsors are needed. For more information, call 354-9591.