BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
The Community Arts Center of Cambria County, in conjunction with Mystery Theatre Pittsburgh, will present a murder mystery dinner theater event at Sunnehanna Country Club on Jan. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Arts center Executive Director Angela Godin said that the nonprofit’s first murder mystery dinner theater took place last year and was such a success that she and her staff decided to host another.
“Last year was the premier of our murder mystery dinner theater fundraiser, and it was an astounding success,” Godin said. “Those who attended were extremely pleased with the interactive experience.”
This year’s performance, titled “Diamonds to Die For,” will once again be fully interactive. A few lucky audience members will even have an opportunity to perform alongside the cast.
During the performance, audience members will be introduced to mega-celebrity and stylist to the stars Philippe Le Fleur. Le Fleur will debut his brand-new jewelry collection, and those in the audience will include world-famous supermodels, ex-lovers and Minnesota housewives.
Rumor has it that the launch of this collection will be his final.
“This year’s show, ‘Diamonds to Die For,’ was written specifically for the center’s 2017 murder mystery dinner theater,” Godin said. “As the Community Arts Center grows through its new ventures in the performing arts, we are continuing to develop ourselves by branching into new areas. We are overwhelmed by the positive response of the community and attendees from last year’s dinner theater.
“We are also excited to continue growing the future of the performing arts here at the community arts center.”
To coincide with the performance’s “jewelry” theme, arts center staff members have invited jewelry vendors to sell their jewelry during the duration of the event. Vendors are to offer a wide selection of jewelry for purchase.
“We’re hoping to get a good response to the jewelry vendor idea,” Godin said, “and we’re excited to promote their items because it definitely goes with the theme of ‘Diamonds to Die For.’”
The evening’s dinner menu features flank steak and chicken caprese, plus green beans, carrots, herbed potatoes, salad, rolls and refreshments. A dessert trio rounds out the menu; desserts include diamond-shaped cookies, mini crème brulee and salted chocolate caramel pie. The food is to be prepared by the chefs at Sunnehanna Country Club.
Godin added that a themed drink will be available for purchase that evening; the specialty drink will be a sugar cubed champagne garnished with mint. A portion of the proceeds from these drinks will be donated directly to the arts center.
“Sunnehanna does this to help us as a nonprofit,” Godin said.
This year’s murder mystery dinner theater corporate sponsor is Stifel. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets (table sponsorships are available as well), call an arts center staff member at 814-255-6515 or visit www.caccc.org.
The deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 17. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.
“I’m very pleased with Mystery Theatre Pittsburgh overall,” Godin said. “This is going to be a great experience, and I think everyone’s going to have a wonderful time.”