Time to kill 

Murder-mystery dinner helps adaptive ski program

What: Dual Mountain Mischief

When: April 26 and April 27, 7 p.m.

Where: Westin Resort and Spa

It’s that killer time of the season as skiing winds down and summer activities heat up.

Time for murder.

The Whistler Rotary Club is presenting a murder mystery dinner, Dual Mountain Mischief, on April 26 and 27.

The dinner, a fund-raiser for the Whistler Adaptive Ski Program, is directed by Michelle Bush and produced in conjunction with Corporate Play People. It takes place at the Westin Resort and Spa.

"We presented Dual Mountain Mischief years ago for the B.C. Water and Waste department, after consulting with a writer from Seattle, Kimberley Horne," says Laurin Kyle Boyle of Corporate Play People, a company she established in Whistler 12 years ago.

"It’s great to finally do the play for the public here in Whistler, and there are a lot of local references in the script," says Bush, who has performed the play for eight years.

The actors perform scenes throughout dinner, and following dessert the audience tries to guess whodunnit.

"We also tailor the corporate shows, and for the group involved with the Viagra company, there were lots of references we added to the script."

Some clients get professionally involved with the production.

"Once we performed the play for a team of defense lawyers, who were grilling us with all kinds of questions. By the end, we were exhausted!" laughs Bush.

The cast includes Leslie Anthony, who plays one of the sons in a Dynasty-like family of scoundrels and philanderers, Nanci Potton, the Whistler dance teacher, Sheryl Massey, Tim Allix and George Haywood as the distinguished Axel Blackcomb.

This is the first time the Rotary Club has raised funds through a play. As tickets for the Friday night dinner are already sold out, there would seem to be an appetite for murder mysteries in the valley.

The evening also includes a silent auction. Proceeds from the event go towards the Whistler Adaptive Ski Program Equipment Centre.

The Rotary club has donated 100 pairs of skis to date, as part of its "we want your skis, the longer, the older, the better" campaign drive.

For Joanne Amos, president of the Whistler Rotary Club, volunteerism is part of everyday life.

"It’s something I do for me, and I’ve always been very involved in the community. For such a small community there is a lot of volunteerism, with groups like AWARE and WAG.

Tickets are $65, which includes dinner, and the theatre presentation. For more information call Joanne Amos at 604-905-4256.


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