KAWARTHA LAKES-When someone is murdered on Palm Tree Beach everyone in attendance tries to solve the mystery.
The sun is shining, and the vacation vibes are tropical on Palm Tree Beach, at the opening of the island’s largest tiki bar. But there’s trouble in paradise for one reveller, as rest and relaxation turned into terror and tragedy. At this resort, the views really are to die for.
The Great Palm Tree Beach Tiki Bar Tragedy was written by Director Sarah Quick who has written more than a dozen murder mysteries for Globus Theatre so far.
“I write all of our murder mysteries, it’s something I started doing right when we started the Lakeview Arts Barn (LAB) because moving into this venue gave us the opportunity to do this dinner and theatre combined so that people could sit at their tables, have their food and their cocktails and have the action take place around them.”
It’s set on the fictional island of Hotcaygeon and is a fully interactive experience.
The audience will get an itinerary ahead of time that explains a little bit about the setting, which in this case is a tropical island and some ideas for characters that they could come as or costumes that they could wear.
“We will have the decor, the food and the music that you would find if you holiday on a tropical island,” explains Quick. “We have canapes for them when they arrive and then that cast arrive and mingle with the audience, then we have a bit of the action, a main course buffet, more of the action, a dessert buffet and then they get to solve the murder.”
Quick says dressing up and taking part is entirely optional. If you just want to attend and be yourself and wear your regular clothes, that’s ok too.
The show stars some of Canada’s best improvisers and performers who take the scenario written by Quick and run with it. Jennine Profeta of Girls Nite Out; Second City fame and Canadian Comedy Award winners Dave Pearce (SlapHappy, the Strombo Show, CBC), Connor Thompson (Lusty Mannequins, Second City, CBC) and Kerry Griffin, (SlapHappy, Second City; Bad Dog Theatre Co.) have worked with Globus for years and play off of each other very well according to Quick.
There are prizes for the best detectives and the worst. Quick says it’s not an intricate plot or a scary plot, the emphasis is on comedy.
“You never know what’s going to happen. It’s the highlight of our summer!”
In addition to this mainstage show, audience members can choose to visit the Downtown Detective Trail written by Quick and Canadian comedian Chris Gibbs, before heading to the Lakeview Arts Barn. In this fun bonus experience, audience members follow an outdoor trail of clues along Bolton Street in Bobcaygeon – clues that will be performed live by Globus Theatre’s Summer Performance Camp youth participants.
Seating is set up in cabaret style with 8 people per table while dinner and the action happens all around the dining room. Make sure to get your tickets now before they’re sold out. Doors open at 6:00 pm for evening performances and 12:00 pm for the matinee performance on July 22.
The Great Palm Tree Beach Tiki Bar Tragedy
July 19 – July 29
Dinner & Theatre $90
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.globustheatre.com or call the Globus Theatre box office at 705-738-2037.