**POSTPONED**
Dates to be determined

COVID-19 Update

As of June 27, 2020 the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors has voted to indefinitely postpone this production. This difficult decision was made based on the practicality of holding rehearsals and performances under pandemic circumstances, availability of venues for rehearsals and performances, financial feasibility with reduced capacity restrictions, and most importantly concern for the safety of all involved in a production.

We will continue to provide updates on our website, social media accounts, and email list, and you may continue to reach us at admin@centerstagejackson.org.

We deeply appreciate your support and understanding in this unusual time. We are excited to make it through this intermission and back to the stage! If you would like to help keep theatre alive in Jackson, you can donate to our 501c3 organization online or by mail: Center Stage Jackson, PO Box 822 Jackson, MI 49204.

Director

A director for this production will be selected once dates are set for performances. If you are interested in directing this production please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org for more information and/or to be put on the list to schedule an interview.

Synopsis

The players at The Murder Mystery Playhouse are rehearsing a new show, “Putting a Little English On It.” It’s a not-so-good attempt at a British murder mystery, complete with cheesy dramatic music and British accents. As expected at the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies onstage — only this murder wasn’t in the script! The authorities are quickly called, and soon the company finds themselves replaying the death scene. When yet another person dies at the end of the same scene, the cast finds themselves replaying the same scene over and over for other investigators, a theatre critic, and even the playwright himself! But every time they get to the end of the scene, someone else ends up with a fire poker in the chest. The actors are left scratching their heads at the strange circumstances and also worried that they could be next. It all culminates in a wild surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before he murders them all.

Location

Sandhill Crane Vineyards
4724 Walz Rd.  Jackson, MI 49201
(directions below)

The seating capacity for this venue is 60 patrons per performance. This event will sell out quickly!
Due to the size of the venue and unique dinner table seating arrangement, as tickets are sold it may become difficult to find a table with the number of seats your party requires. With this in mind, we strongly encourage you to secure your tickets as soon as possible!

Tickets

Tickets will go on sale to the public: date to be determined.

Ticket prices to be announced. Ticket price includes the performance and three course meal.

Important Ticket Info

  • Tickets will go on sale to the public: date to be determined.
  • No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased online or over the phone at (517) 539-4118 only.
  • Ticket sales will end at NOON on the day of the performance to give the kitchen time to prep (applies to Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday performances).
  • No “performance only” seats are available. Performance and dinner must be purchased together.
  • 60 seats are available at each performance. Order early, as this is a popular event with assigned seating!
  • Center Stage Jackson comp tickets will cover only the price of the performance ($15). Persons using comp tickets must still pay for the price of the meal.
  • Center Stage Jackson reserves the right to adjust the seating at a table in order to ensure that there are no “orphan” seats. We will NOT split up your party or change the table that you are seated at.
  • We will have a waiting list for each performance, in the unlikely event that seats open up after a performance sells out. To be added to that waiting list, contact us at either (517) 539-4118 or at admin@centerstagejackson.org.

Menu

Menu to be announced!


A complete list of wine available for purchase can be found at SandhillCraneVineyards.com.

Seating Chart

See the Seating Chart

This is an intimate venue with dinner table seating: tables of seven, eight, and four. You do not need to purchase an entire table.

Please note that our ticketing system will prevent you from purchasing a number of tickets that will leave only one seat empty at a table (called “orphan” seats. For example, the system will not allow you to purchase 6 seats at a table that seats 7, as orphan seats are very difficult to sell. If you cannot find another table that will fit your party without leaving an orphan seat, we recommend finding another guest that would like to attend with you to fill that orphan seat!

There are 60 seats available at each performance. Seating is extremely limited, and, due to the unique dinner table seating arrangement, as tickets are sold it may become difficult to find a table with the number of seats your party requires. With this in mind, we strongly encourage you to secure your tickets as soon as possible!

Friday & Saturday Performances

Noon: Ticket sales close. No tickets will be sold at the door.
7:00pm: Doors open for seating and salads
7:30pm: Entrees served
8:00pm: Performance begins
Intermission: Dessert served

Sunday Performances

Noon: Ticket sales close. No tickets will be sold at the door.
4:00pm: Doors open for seating and salads.
4:30pm: Entrees served.
5:00pm: Performance begins.
Intermission: Dessert served.

Cast


Scarlet Mays/Ms. Polly……………TBD
Holly Hanover/Mrs. Margaret Polk……………TBD
Sandy Smith/Gertrude Polk……………TBD
Misty Gere/The Maid……………TBD
Richard Green/Mr. Frederick Polk……………TBD
Tom Baines/Mr. Humphrey Black……………TBD
Gary Ferguson/Inspector Bradshaw……………TBD
Erica Stone……………TBD
Brett Donahue……………TBD
Susan Wells……………TBD
Inspector Wright……………TBD
Inspector Fuller……………TBD
Adele Sears……………TBD
Brian D. Taylor……………TBD

* = Members of Center Stage Jackson. Learn more about Membership

Production Team

If you are interested in directing this production please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org before June 30, 2020 for more information and/or to schedule an interview. Experience is not required, and more information on how to prepare for interviews will be provided after inquiry.

Director……………TBD
Technical Director……………TBD
Stage Manager……………TBD
Costumes……………TBD
Properties……………TBD
Lighting & Sound Engineer……………TBD
Producer……………TBD

Working Behind the Scenes

If you are interested in being helping build, paint the set, or work back stage, contact us at admin@centerstagejackson.org. We’d love to have you join us, no experience necessary!

Directions to the Venue

From the North
Take US 127 south to exit 43A — take I-94 east. Travel approximately 7 miles to exit 145. Turn right on Sargent Road and go about 1 mile to Brills Lake Road. Turn right. Travel about 1/2 mile to Walz Road and turn left. Travel approximately 1/2 mile to 4724 Walz Road (Sandhill Crane Vineyards) on the left. Please note that there is a long driveway leading to the building.

From the South
Take US127 north to exit 40 — take I-94 east. Travel approximately 2 miles to exit 145. Turn right on Sargent Road and go about 1 mile to Brills Lake Road. Turn right. Travel about 1/2 mile to Walz Road and turn left. Travel approximately 1/2 mile to 4724 Walz Road (Sandhill Crane Vineyards) on the left. Please note that there is a long driveway leading to the building.

From the East
Take I-94 west to exit 145. Turn right on Sargent Road and go about 1 mile to Brills Lake Road. Turn right. Travel about 1/2 mile to Walz Road and turn left. Travel approximately 1/2 mile to 4724 Walz Road (Sandhill Crane Vineyards) on the left. Please note that there is a long driveway leading to the building.

From the West
Take I-94 east to exit 145. Turn right on Sargent Road and go about 1 mile to Brills Lake Road. Turn right. Travel about 1/2 mile to Walz Road and turn left. Travel approximately 1/2 mile to 4724 Walz Road (Sandhill Crane Vineyards) on the left. Please note that there is a long driveway leading to the building.

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.


MURDER MYSTERY AT THE MURDER MYSTERY
By Brian D. Taylor
Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
Englewood, Colorado