STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Mystery Theatre Unlimited will present "Mayberry R.I.P" Dec. 31 at Froehlich's Classic Corner located at 501 Washington St.
The original musical-comedy murder mystery satire will be presented as a dinner theatre performance beginning at 7 pm and concluding around 9:30 p.m.
"This is a great way to celebrate early in the evening and then have your options open for the rest of the night," said Greg Froehlich, owner. "You can eat a great meal, see a wonderful interactive comedy show and then you can go to a party, or go home or bring in the new year at Froehlich's, where we have light musical entertainment from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m."
‘MAYBERRY R.I.P.’ — The cast of Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s dinner theatre show “Mayberry R.I.P.” scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner include, from left, Butch Maxwell, Renee Zelinski, Bert Furioli, Ryan Sears and Dustin Heavilin. -- Contributed
In the show, a soft-spoken sheriff, Andy Jailor (Bert Furioli), has his hands full with his ambitious but high-strung deputy, Barney Strife (Ryan Sears) and his controlling Aunt Bee (Renee Zelinski), when the town mechanic Goober (Dustin Heavilin) discovers a severed toe.
Set in the village of Mayberry, the town time forgot, the sheriff is a laid-back widower with a young son and an old aunt who wants nothing more than to win the annual pie-baking contest. The deputy sheriff is a nervous wreck with big ambitions; the town mechanic is mentally-challenged; the town barber (Butch Maxwell) is strangely menacing; and the town drunk locks himself up in the jail to protect the community from his flatulence. According to the sheriff, nobody ever leaves Mayberry alive. They just live on forever in reruns.
The Wheeling-based Mystery Theatre ensemble has been writing and performing original comedy murder mysteries since 1996. The performances include audience interaction and the opportunity to solve a murder mystery, along with a three-course dinner. Performances take place in a dining room, with actors moving among the tables.
Audience members are encouraged to gather clues, talk to the characters and even question the survivors after the murder has occurred. Some audience members also will play small parts during the show.
For reservations, which include a three course meal and the show itself, call Froehlich's Classic Corner at (740) 283-9901.
For more information, see www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com