Ovation Dinner Theatre is spicing up local restaurants with “Mafia Murder Mystery,” offering patrons dinner and a show with their interactive “whodunit” production.
“It’s a lot more energy than your typical production,” said co-owner Lenne Sirasky. “The entire audience is involved to some degree. They are incorporated in the play, and the audience is intrigued by their character. It all leads to the audience patrons trying to guess who did it.”
With live performance dinners at local area restaurants that can seat more than 100 people, Sirasky said that it’s usually around 10 to 12 patrons who get to participate in more substantial roles, along with the cast of about six to eight actors. “They get a short script, costume and props,” Sirasky explained.
The patrons selected for the roles are all suspects in the murder during the show.
“It’s based on a godfather of an Italian family who is mysteriously murdered, and the suspects in the murder are 12 audience patrons,” explained Sirasky.
The show has been making its way throughout the area, and even features local actors. But Sirasky noted that the production does venture into Ocean City and Ocean Pines, Md., and people come from as far as Wilmington and Cambridge, Md., to see it.
“What [co-owner] Carreen Kouts and I have developed is kind of a touring platform we are taking our murder mystery productions to the Delmarva area,” he said.
Despite the success and positive response so far, Ovation is still always looking to add talented actors and Sirasky encouraged anyone interested in trying out for the show to do so.
While Mafia Murders Mystery is currently the only show being offered, for the holidays Sirasky and Kouts will also be showing “Dial ‘S’ For Santa.” The limited-time production is a murder mystery comedy geared toward the holiday season, where audience members will try and figure out who kidnapped Santa Claus from the “Slanger Outlets,” and be able to enjoy and participate in holiday carols.
The next scheduled performance of Mafia Murders Mystery is Saturday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes. The same production will be featured at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville, Md., on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m., and at Claddagh on the Shore in Fenwick Island on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m.
For a full schedule of productions or more information on joining the cast, contact Ovation Dinner Theatre at (302) 500-1528 or online at www.ovationdinnertheatre.com, or find Ovation Dinner Theatre on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ovationdinnertheatre.