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West Hartford Community Theater Will Present Interactive ‘Murder Mystery at the High School Reunion’

The mystery performance, which invites audience interaction, will be presented at WeHa Brewing & Roasting Company in West Hartford on Dec. 2 and 3.

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West Hartford Community Theater is thrilled to announce their newest show, “Murder Mystery at the High School Reunion,” an interactive who-dunnit directed by Nate Strick and performed at WeHa Brewing & Roasting Company in West Hartford.

The show takes place at the 25th high school reunion of the fictional Nutmeg High School, meant to be located in West Hartford. The audience is “invited” to this reunion of the class of 1997. After “signing in” at the registration table, “alumni” and their guests will interact with other “classmates.”

Past rivalries intertwine and spill over to the present … and somebody ends up dead!

Guided by co-producers Theresa Szymanski and Marybeth Lavelle, this murder mystery explores a new venue for West Hartford Community Theater – a taproom/craft- brewery/coffee roaster in the Elmwood neighborhood.

“We are thrilled to partner with Cody McCormack at WeHa Brewing & Roasting Company. We met over a delicious beer and quickly agreed that their funky setting would make a great venue for this special, interactive show,” said Szymanski. “In fact, the setting has inspired the backstory of one of the show’s characters,” said co-producer Marybeth Lavelle. Added Szymanski, “We can’t reveal any more than that, but you might bump elbows with a murderer over a malt beverage!”

This is the sixth murder mystery for Director Nate Strick, who has just as much fun planning the characters and relationships for the shows as he does in playing them.

“It’s such a thrill to put on an interactive show in a setting like a reunion at WeHa Brewing. The improvisational nature of the performance means each night will be different. The partying and the performing are happening all round you; the stage literally comes to you.” Keen-eyed theater goers may recognize Strick from his previous acting work with West Hartford Community Theater as Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Franz Liebkind in “The Producers.” He is also the orchestra teacher at Thompson Brook School in Avon.

The show runs for two nights only, Dec. 2 and 3, 2022 at WeHa Brewing & Roasting Company, 141 Shield Street, West Hartford CT 06110. The show starts at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and ticket price includes brewery tour, light buffet, dessert, and interactive show. There will also be a separate cash bar. Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 at the door. WHCT’s past murder mysteries have historically sold out, so buying tickets in advance is strongly encouraged.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.whtheater.org and please note that online ticket sales close two hours prior to showtime the day of the show.

West Hartford Community Theater, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunity and access to programs and the performing arts for West Hartford and the surrounding communities.

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