Whodunit mystery dinner theater to help feed hungry

Manna Pantry’s Sept 8th Yukon benefit offers comedy, BBQ, prizes; ticket deadline Tuesday

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Whodunit Dinner Theater performers, front from left, Jason Norton-Byrd, Michaela Bishop, Brett Bower, and Rody Farrow; back from left, Terri Myers (director), T.J. Brown, Amanda Lee, and Jessica Puga. The local comedy troupe will present their show “Who Shot the Sheriff?” next Thursday, Sept. 8 inside The Progress Room, 10 W Main in Yukon. The event benefits Canadian County’s non-profit food bank, the Manna Pantry. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

An “all-in-one” night of Yukon fun and frolic will leave the audience in stitches while helping feed the hungry.

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Oklahoma’s Whodunit comedy troupe will stage “Who Shot the Sheriff?” next Thursday, Sept. 8 inside The Progress Room, 10 W Main.

The side-splitting show will benefit Manna Pantry, a non-profit food bank that feeds hungry across Canadian County.

“It will be a hilarious time with really good food and great prizes,” Manna Pantry Director Sherri Rogers promised.

Doors to the event venue will open at 6 p.m. with the dinner program starting at 6:30 p.m. Meal will be catered by Bad Brad’s BBQ.

Anyone who wants to enjoy a fun evening while supporting a great cause better hurry, however.

That’s because next Tuesday, Sept. 6 is final deadline to buy the $65 tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Whodunit Dinner Theater OKC has been “killin’ it” since 1991.

It is Oklahoma’s longest-running comedy murder mystery dinner theater.

“Who Shot the Sheriff?” is Whodunit’s new show. The script is written by Oklahoma playwright Terri Myers.

“The sheriff is dead, and we need your help,” Whodunit’s director tells the audience. “Come be a part of our investigation team and be transported to a town where we boo for the bad guy and cheer for the good guy.

“Only problem is … who is who? … and more importantly … who shot the sheriff?”

For tickets to the Sept. 8th “Who Shot the Sheriff” mystery dinner theater, visit dinner.mannapantryyukon.com

Table sponsorships (eight people) are $500 each.

Besides the comedic entertainment and tasty BBQ, the upcoming event will feature an auction and raffle.

Among featured items are:

  • Two, four-night vacation stays in Branson, Mo.
  • Night classes at Canadian Valley Technology
  • Heat and air service agreement from Air Flow Technologies
  • Coach purse and wallet
  • Two guided striper fishing trips
  • Home-baked cinnamon rolls
  • Yeti cooler
  • Oklahoma City Thunder tickets with parking
  • Czech basket with kolache
  • Handmade purse
  • Rounds of golf at local golf course
  • Wifi programmable thermostat from Rainbow Heat & Air
  • Pilsner cup with free engraving from Yukon Trophy
  • Pistol, gift baskets and gift cards
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GROWING TO SERVE

Fueled by a strong volunteer base and community support, Manna Pantry began serving Yukon’s hungry in 1975 as an emergency food pantry.

After many decades in downtown Yukon, Manna Pantry moved in 2022 to Trinity Baptist Church’s new Together We Center at 620 N Cemetery Road.

With more than 2,000 square feet of space, the pantry now serves clients across Canadian County.

“We’ve easily doubled the number of people we help,” Rogers said.

“Through Aug. 15, we served 2,124 households and 6,676 individuals since opening Jan. 18 at the Together We Center. That includes 424 new clients.”

In August, Manna Pantry helped 359 households (97 new) totaling 1,290 individuals.

Manna Pantry is open Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursdays from 5-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

The food pantry’s dedicated director explained why fund-raising benefits like Thursday night’s Whodunit dinner theater in Yukon are so vital.

“We’re totally funded by donations,” Rogers explained. “The more money we raise, the less food we have to buy from the Regional Food Bank.”

Manna Pantry will used proceeds from “Who Shot the Sheriff?” to feed hungry Canadian County residents and help with regular operating expenses.

“We rely on our volunteers, some of whom help several times a week and others who help weekly or monthly,” Rogers said. “We have about 100 volunteers now and always need more, especially since we’ve grown so much.”

Learn more at mannapantry@togetherwecenter.com

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