Archive for Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Murder mystery at Midland

BCCT production an interactive whodunit

September 24, 2003

Murder and a train ride are what Linda Ballinger hopes will appeal to the Baldwin community.

This fall's Baldwin City Community Theatre's mystery train starts Friday at Midland Railway. Ballinger, mystery train coordinator, said the production is an interactive whodunit murder mystery performed while on the train ride from Baldwin to Norwood.

"The highlight is the train with the mystery as the entertainment," she said.

"Funny Business: Murder on the Tally O Express" by Will Averill is about a struggling circus act led by Patty O Rear and his assistant Erin O Braugh.

"People die, so it's definitely a murder mystery," Ballinger said.

Audience members buy clues throughout the performance from the eight-member cast in an effort to unmask the murderer.

She said the performance will be on Midland vintage train cars, which will play a part in the production.

"It'll be a fun night," she said. "There are funny lines in it and there will be some fun parts."

Cast members include Jim Stokes, Deyonna Cornelius, Brijette Romstedt, Robert Myers, Glenda Stokes, Skye Reid, Lisa Suddith and Mary Went.

Ballinger said BCCT has produced mystery trains twice a year for the past four or five years. She said she expects this fall's production to be as popular as in previous years.

She encouraged tickets to be ordered in advance, but said they can be purchased the nights of the performances.

This fall's mystery train will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 3, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 4, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 5.

Tickets are $15 and can be ordered by calling 594-7440 or by e-mailing

Ballinger said she hoped Baldwin residents would take advantage of the performances.

"It's a fun experience," she said. "This is a unique thing for this area. The train ride is a plus and there's the fun of a whodunit."

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