Amherst Historical Society plans murder mystery dinner

Murder and Mystery will travel to the sleepy town of Amherst in October as the Amherst Historical Society, 113 S. Lake St., presents “The Death of Dr Pepper,” a murder mystery dinner.

Sandy Kaiser, executive director of the Amherst Historical Society, said the dinner had been in the works for a while and would be worth it.

“We originally planned the event to take place last year, but COVID-19 canceled it,” Kaiser said. “Now, over the past four months, we’ve been working on the costumes and casting and we’re really excited to get the ball rolling.”

Amherst residents will have the opportunity to unravel the mystery of Dr Pepper this October with the Amherst Historical Society presenting “The Death of Dr Pepper”. (Submitted)

The show’s eight actors have previously worked in small productions and will be paired with former high school theater director Valerie Farschman.

Farschman has a history of directing miraculous shows such as “South Pacific” and “Little Shop of Horrors” for the Marion L. Steele High School Theater Company, Kaiser said.

“We like to have fun here at the Historical Society,” she said. “And we do a lot of fun things like car shows.

“So that was the next thing we wanted to do.”

Dinner begins at 6 p.m., October 8-9, in the Amherst Historical Society Main Building and Hall and can accommodate 80 guests per night.

Tickets are $25 for members of the Amherst Historical Society and $30 for the general public.

Kaiser requests that due to limited capacity, attendees reserve their place in advance by October 1.

Dinner will include a choice of chicken or vegetable plates served as a family.

“We have an amazing group of volunteers who will help serve dinner, and the food will be provided by an Oberlin catering service that we have used in the past,” Kaiser said.

“The Death of Dr Pepper,” is written by Eileen Moushey and tells the story of Dr Pepper, a famous plastic surgeon who rose to the top of his profession in every way, from money to status.

He has only one fault: women.

Kaiser and Farschman said they hope to bring thrills, laughs and killing to the evening for guests to enjoy and go home wondering what happens next?

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