PARIS – The first murder-mystery dinner presented by the Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association is already sold out, so it’s a pretty sure bet there will be another one on next year’s show schedule.

A seven-member cast will present “All This Talk Is Killing Me” to an audience that will also enjoy a four-course meal at the First Congregational Church.

Performances are slated for 7 p.m. Jan. 30-31.

“We’re delighted with the response,” said Tom Littlefield, a board member of OHMPAA, adding the theater organization will seriously consider presenting another murder-mystery dinner in 2010.

The church venue seats 100 for each presentation, Littlefield said. The guests will be served a chicken or a vegetarian meal as the comic play unfolds.

The audience will witness a talk show whose star is Gabby Esperanto, played by Kathy Davis. Diners will sample the famous culinary dishes of master chef Julienne Kidd, portrayed by Alison Whitney.

In the course of this play, written by Jim Dabb, there are tips on hair grooming from Joe the Barber (Elton Cole) and an appearance by Leroy, the television station’s janitor (Tom Littlefield) who bears a striking resemblance to Elvis as he belts out a tune.

The plot involves Gabby’s slipping ratings and her murder by someone the audience will try to identify.

Other cast members are Bob, played by Steve Sessions; Miss Albert, played by Tracy Ludwig; and Fern Wiener, played by Cindy Reedy.

Director of “All This Talk Is Killing Me” is Kenn Sawyer.

Storm dates for the show are Feb. 6-7. The First Congregational Church is on East Main Street.


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