Archive for Wednesday, May 8, 2002

CLEAR mystery train set to depart

May 8, 2002

Not many weddings end up in murder, but that's the case in "Cutoff on the Tracks," CLEAR's latest mystery train production.

"There are a lot of twists," Karen Bayer, producer, said. "It's a really fun show."

Bayer said "Cutoff on the Tracks," written by Will Averill and directed by Jeremy Auman, is an interactive whodunit comedy set in 1938 and takes place on a train at Midland Railway.

"The audience is there to attend the wedding of Vira Miranda and Baron Von Richtenhoovenvofferhoffen," she said. "A murder is committed and it's up to the audience to solve the mystery."

Participants receive clues throughout the performance to help in solving the mystery. Bayer said those audience members that dress in 1938 period costumes are given extra crime conductor dollars to use to bribe suspects into revealing more clues.

"There will be one prize per performance for the person who has the best answer to who committed the crime," she said.

The seven-member cast, many of whom are from Baldwin, are not newcomers to acting and have had a lot of experience with earlier CLEAR productions, Bayer said.

"They're very talented," she said.

The mystery train, which has sold out several times in past seasons, began last weekend and will continue this weekend. The 7 p.m. show on Saturday has already sold out. Times that are still available are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 each. Baldwin residents can attend the 9 p.m. show on Saturday for $7.50. Tickets must be reserved in advance and can be ordered by calling 594-3234.

An informal dinner is available at the Midland shelter up to two hours before each performance. Ticket holders should arrive at Midland at least 15 minutes before show time.

Proceeds from the production will go back to CLEAR, Bayer said.

"The CLEAR foundation is hoping to start more classes in the community," she said. "The proceeds we make can go into setting up drama workshops for junior high and high school kids."

Bayer said she encourages as many people to see the show as possible.

"It's very special. You get to interact in a way you don't get to with a movie or television," she said. "And it's a great way to enjoy a train ride."

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