Charleston Community Theatre to host interactive murder mystery dinner

Staff Report

The Charleston Community Theatre will host a murder mystery dinner with a theater twist at 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 at What’s Cookin’.

According to a press release, seven actors will play the core characters on all four evenings. Those who attend and want to participate will also be assigned a character, given a description of that character and be able to dress according to the theme and act the part. However, they are not required to do so.

Gail Mason, the co-producer of the performance, said in a press release that the event is dinner and theater with a twist.

“Participants don’t watch the theater. They star in it and can affect the outcome,” she said in the release. “People are invited to come in costume, ham it up, mingle with the other characters and figure out the clues throughout the evening.”

The performance, “Murder at the Hop” is set in the 1950’s, and focuses on the fictional Hank Headly, a famous rock star who returns to his small town for the premiere performance of his hit single, “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hometown Boy.”

However, the press release states that sibling rivalries, illicit love affairs, petty jealousies from Headly’s old high school days, swooning fans, local and national celebrities and “plenty of red herrings” all lead up to murder.

The “murderer” will be revealed at the end of the evening.

Reservations are limited.

The dinner and show are priced separately. Dinner is $15, and the show is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

To make a reservation, people can call 1-877-842-3267 or go online to

The News staff can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].