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February 22, 2013

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Murder Mystery performances attract nearly 200

A successful two-night run at Fort McCoy Jan. 31-Feb. 1 helped kick off a 10-installation Army tour of the Murder Mystery Theater “Murder Two Point Uh-Oh!”
PHOTO: Shirley Knott was pushed off the stage and died. It was all part of the fun of the Murder Mystery Theater at Fort McCoy Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Photo by Sheila Peterson
Shirley Knott was pushed off the stage and died. It was all part of the fun of the Murder Mystery Theater at Fort McCoy Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
(Photo by Sheila Peterson)

The interactive comedy featured audience members playing guests at a wedding rehearsal dinner who are turned into detectives to help solve a number of mysteries. Audience members asked questions to determine “Whodunit?,” and received prizes for correct answers.

Enthusiastic crowds turned out both nights at Fort McCoy, with 82 people on opening night, followed by a sellout of 114 people Feb. 1, said Sheila Peterson, Fort McCoy point of contact.

Local people perform the production at each stop, Peterson said. Anyone can act in the productions. Participants don’t have to memorize lines; bringing enthusiasm to the performances is the only requirement.

“It seemed to be a big hit with the audience,” Peterson said. “We’re hoping to do more of these types of things in the future.”
After debuting at Fort McCoy, the production headed to Fort Sill, Okla., and Fort Lee, Va., for February performances. Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., and Fort Riley, Kan., will be the March stops; Fort Stewart, Ga., and McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Okla., are scheduled for April.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., will host the event from May 28-June 1.

The production concludes with June performances at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Bliss, Texas.

McCoy also hosted performances during the 2010-11 Murder Mystery tour, “Murder 101,” Peterson said. Large audiences were reported for both performances.

For more information about Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation events at Fort McCoy, visit the website www.mccoymwr.com or call the MWR Event Line at 877-864-4969 or 608-388-7400.

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