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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Dinner and a Show

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  • First Presbyterian Church will host dinner theater Friday and Saturday.
    “Who Killed the Rock Star?” is a Mystery Dinner Theater production, and it starts at 6:30 p.m. each night. Attendees can enjoy a four-course meal as they attempt to solve the crime.
    Linda Becken, a member of the church, has directed the previous handful of shows at Presbyterian, but she’s also a theater veteran, having directed more than 30 other productions as varied as “The Sound of Music,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” She said the church used to put on a show each year, but it’s been two or three years since they conducted the last one.
    In the years since the last show, the church made one improvement that Becken hopes ameliorates audience satisfaction.
    “The one complaint we’ve had was, acoustically, it’s hard to hear, sometimes,” she said. “We purchased little wireless microphones for the actors, so hopefully the audience will hear better.”
    Though the actual play is relatively short, the evening will stretch 2.5 hours, because breaks are taken with the meals, she said. The actors in this production need to be triple threats, in that they’re acting, serving food, and participating in the show’s musical numbers--multiple cast members comprise the band “Attitude.”
    Tickets are $15, and proceeds benefit the Watonwan County Backpack Program. Tickets are available at the church, at the St. James Chamber of Commerce, or at St. James True Value.
    The show centers around a band, “Cold Stone,” reuniting for the first time since the 1960s, Becken said. Doors open at 6 p.m.
    For a full preview of the show, as well as more information on the backpack program, please see today's print edition of the St. James Plaindealer. 
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