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Community troupe presents dinner theater
'Murder, Medium-Rare'
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Chase Freeman, Shakeh Grady and Nick Ortenzi (from left to right) practice for the upcoming Richmond Hill Community Theatre production of Murder, Medium-Rare. - photo by Photo provided.

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt – or in this case, murdered. The Richmond Hill Community Theatre (RHCT), along with Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub and Grill, are presenting an interactive dinner theater called “Mur-der, Medium-Rare” by Eileen Moushey. The production will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and again on Sept. 27
This production combines both written scenes and improvisation to tell the events that surround the mur-der of one of the dinner patrons. Each character engages in improvisational scenes that establish their personali-ties, show their relationships with each other and provide clues to the crime.
“Some of the dinner patrons are actually actors, so you won’t know if the person sitting next to you is an audi-ence member or an actor,” Dawn Berry, president of the RHCT, said. “Some of the servers at the restaurant are also actors.”
During the production, the audience will be asked to assist uncovering the truth. Two “undercover” detectives will be in attendance conducting the investigation. Prizes will be given to the audience members for their detective work.
“We do want the audience to help us solve the crime by letting us know what they witness throughout the night,” said Ashlee Farris, director of the production.  “We need their help to find the killer.”
During the show, dinner will be served including a soup or salad, a choice of entrée: Scottish meatloaf, chicken pot pie or tilapia; a dessert sampler and a non-alcoholic drink. Tickets are $32 per person and can be purchased for cash from cast members or from Molly MacPherson’s with cash or credit card. This show is recommended for ages 14 and up.
This theater production includes 10 actors – all from local areas such as Richmond Hill, Savannah and Midway.
Farris, of Savannah, is not only the director, but also an actor in this show. She has been an active member of the RHCT for four years, and active in community theater as a whole for almost 30 years.
“This production will mark my seventh appearance as an actor with RHCT and my third as a director,” Farris said. “I think I am somewhere around the number 75 for different productions that I have been involved with over the years. I have also been lucky enough to appear on stage in productions with both my husband and my daughter.”
According to Berry, RHCT includes loyal members as well as new actors in most productions.
“Each production is different – we usu-ally have some returning members that con-tinue to be completely committed and in-volved, but each production also introduces us to new creative and talented people,” Berry, who has lived in Richmond Hill for 15 years, said, “For instance, this play has a number of cast members that have par-ticipated in previous plays, but we also have two new cast members that are totally new to RHCT. We are always looking for talented new members.”
RHCT was established in 2010 with the first production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Since then, RHCT has put on 13 plays for the community.
“We guarantee two productions a year, but the last couple of years we have upped the number to four,” Berry explained. “We think it is important for there to be a creative outlet available for the community and its members. The people involved in our group want to give back to the community they live in.”
However, it hasn’t been easy for RHCT. The group does not have a building where they can meet regularly or use to host their productions.
“We don’t have a building or a regular meeting place, but through our struggles, we have been able to bring quality produc-tions to our little community,” Berry said.
“We strive as a group to bring a variety of productions to Richmond Hill, helping to make theater and the arts accessible to our community. We want to give opportunities for people to act, direct and perform and for the com-munity to participate and enjoy.”
RHCT’s future productions include a children’s Christmas play in early December, “Steel Magnolias” in March and “The Wizard of Oz” in May.

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