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Museum's murder mystery unfolds at Weidmann's

By Staff
COMPLETELY INNOCENT This group of misfits, drifters, cops and hitmen make up the cast of "Killing Mr. Withers," a murder mystery presented by the Meridian Museum of Art at Weidmann's Restaurant on Aug. 19, 24 and 25. Actors include, from left, Todd Brand as Boris, David Benson as Mr. Withers, Amy Wolgamott as Natasha, Sara Carmichael as Veronica, Ronnie Miller as Kurt, Anson F. Norwood as Jack, Sissy Weems as Rebecca, David Miller the director of the production and Lacy Johnson as Officer Weaver. All performances begin at 7 p.m. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
special to The Star
July 18, 2004
It is 1957. Your bus tour has broken down in Death Valley, Nev., and you're stranded at the "Last Chance Pump &Grill," a desolate place hundreds of miles from civilization and just downwind from a nuclear testing sight.
Inside you find deceit and danger amidst the odd
inhabitants of the diner: Kurt, the menacing caf owner; Veronica, his sensuous, scheming wife; Jack Swain, a mysterious, James
Dean-like drifter; Boris and Natasha, professional "eliminators" from behind the Iron Curtain; Rebecca, the bored, but scheming tour guide; Officer Weaver, the local law; and the unfortunate Mr. Withers, a crooked savings and loan president who was about to turn state's evidence until he mysteriously disappeared …
You've stepped into a long-lost Hitchcock movie, one where the story unfolds before your very eyes and one where you can help write the ending. As the crosses and doublecrosses spin around you, can you keep your head clear enough to help make sure that crime murder most foul! does not pay?"
Dinner and mystery are served.
Mystery-lovers will enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet food and a great mystery that features an exciting and unpredictable mix of humor, drama, music and surprises.
Dinner will be served during the production, a gourmet meal from Weidmann's: mesclun greens salad (with ardmore goat cheese and lemon garlic vinaigrette), roasted chicken, rosemary/garlic mashed potatoes, greens beans &porcini jus and vanilla bean crme brule, accompanied by Weidmann's fine wines.
Tickets for the fund-raiser will be $125 per person for the Aug. 19 "first-nighter" premiere and $75 per person for the Aug. 24 and 25 performances. Tickets are available now. Space for the performances will be extremely limited, however, so guests are urged to make their reservations now by coming by the museum or calling 693-1501.
The mystery is a fund-raiser for the museum, and all money raised will go to support the MMA's art classes, exhibits and special events throughout the year.
The production is sponsored by generous and civic-minded local businesses.
The museum director added that the MMA is still recruiting sponsors for the mystery, and the benefits for such support are considerable. "Sponsors receive great exposure and publicity, tax benefits, the satisfaction of helping a great cause, as well as tickets to the first-nighter' premiere performance. Those tickets can be a great bonus for the business owners themselves, or a terrific gift for employees or clients."
Additional information on sponsorship can be obtained by calling the museum office.
Heder said the generosity of the actors and director are key to making the mystery work.
Ronnie Miller, cast member and chairman of the MCC Fine Arts Department, said, "It's great to see the arts combining in Meridian … to see the theatre and the visual arts working together to put on a special event, and to support a worthy cause."
Make your plans now to join the museum for an unforgettable experience on Aug. 19, 24, and 25. Bring your detecting skills and a hearty appetite, and be prepared for a night full of fun and excitement.
Tickets for and additional information about "A Museum Murder Mystery: Killing Mr. Withers" can be obtained by calling the museum at 693-1501 or e-mail MeridianMuseum@aol.com.

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