Melodrama coming to stage for four shows

Kiowa Creek Community Theater performs ‘Murder at the Malt Shop’


The Kiowa Creek Community Theater will be performing its annual melodrama on Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 6 at the Kiowa Creek Community Church Fellowship Hall, 231 Cheyenne St. in Kiowa.

This year’s production, sponsored by the Kiowa Ladies Aid, is “Murder at the Malt Shop,” written by Cheri L. Maxon, and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Inc., based in Arapahoe County.

The play is set in the fabulous ’50s inside the malt shop in the town of Shingleville. After the reprehensible and unreasonable Principal Jerry Atrick (Cecil Pugh) falls over dead during an unexpected blackout, it’s up to Sheriff Colin Allcars (Buddy Strachan), Doc Dusenburg (Priscilla Schnell), and Detective Squinty Peepers (also Priscilla Schnell) to find out who is responsible for the murder. Was it the trouble-making greaser, Noah Count (Mark Poole)? Or the bubbly and annoying know-it-all cheerleader, Bobbie Pinz (Polly Ehlers)? Surely not her sidekick, Shirley Knott (Billie Owens)! Could it have been the waitress, Dee Lighted (Lizzie Poole), who takes your order but brings you whatever she feels like? Or perhaps soda jerk Russel Sprout (Duane Owens)? How about the sultry starlet Holly Wood (Linda Ehmann), the dim-witted jock Jim Shorts (Eric Whitman), or female wrestler Wynn Fairly (Sarah Malerich)? Maybe it was the music teacher Doe Ramey (Kristi Strachan) or radio personality Hedda Fuller Eyre (Debbie Maul)! Or perhaps it was school secretary Ginger Vitus (Betty Hood) or head of the school board Norma Dreadful (Lorra Wenz).

This zany mystery delivers exactly what you’re craving: a juicy, extra cheesy whodunit served with loads of hilarious puns and topped with a heap of nostalgic ’50s references!

Thursday, Nov. 3, is family night; bring the whole family for $10 for the 7 p.m. performance. Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, are dinner theaters with the all-you-can-eat buffet at 5 p.m. and the performances at 7; tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for ages 6-11, and 5 and under are free. On Sunday, Nov. 6, dessert theater is at 3 p.m. with tickets at $10 for adults, $8 for ages 6-11, and 5 and under are free. Advanced tickets are recommended. Contact Linda at 720-480-0799 or Debbie at 303-621-2113 to reserve your tickets.

Kiowa Creek Community Theater, Kiowa, Elbert County, Kiowa Creek Community Church, Colorado


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