Murder Mystery

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-- Staff reportNovember 7, 2012 

Bobby Woods, 32, is the director of "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," the murder mystery spoof currently playing at the Golden Chain Theatre -- His first stab at being a director after performing comedic roles at the Golden Chain Theatre for the past seven years.

"I really want to blow away the audience with this show," Woods said. "Lure them in with the set, then give them the thrills, chills and laughs they are anticipating."

He spent his life growing up in Coarsegold and Oakhurst, but currently resides with his fiancé (to be married the weekend after the show closes) in Yosemite's Curry Village.

His dedication to the Golden Chain is beyond question, considering the Yosemite resident has traveled three hours a day, four days a week for the past three months for rehearsals.

Woods calls the cast of "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," amazing.

"The cast has made by directing debut easy," Woods said. "I also had amazing help with set design and building. This production would not be what it is without their hard and creative work."

Strange things are a brewing at Ye Olde Wayside Inn, home of the crazy Saltmarshes, Hepzibah and Arabella, cousin Ebenezer and Uncle Silas, the oldest living lunatic in Massachusetts.

Foul weather turns cousin Ebenezer grim and dangerous, and he lures victims to the inn to get revenge for a past wrong. Among those who are forced to spend the night at the inn are a hard-nosed detective, a few nurses, a couple of college students and a witness to a brutal crime. But not everyone are what he or she appears to be.

Who will survive this Dark and Stormy Night? This play is a delight all those who love their mystery served up with a bucket of laughs. A sort of Addams Family meets Arsenic and Old Lace.

Mickey Puckett plays Hepzibah Saltmarsh, Debbie Davis plays Arabella and Woods plays Oliver.

The play was written by Tim Kelly.

Other roles are played by Randy brock (Ebenezer), Jenny Turner (Jane Adams), Tawni Jackson (Mary Shaw), Nathan Avery (Snell), William O'Brien III (Ed Perkins), Alexis Reid (Belle Malibu), Tony Beguez (Dawson), Mike Gallagher (Silas), Noa (Smiling Sam) and Ashley Owen (Euphemia).

Assistant director is Julie O'Brien and Jason Turner handles the sound and lights. Set design by Nathan Avery and Jason Turner.

Other behind the scenes support came from Mary Lou Finley, Jenny turner, JR Romero, Carol Kovach, Elfie Slayton, Jeri Barron and Jennifer Piccolotti.

"It was a Dark and Stormy Night" performed the next two Saturdays, Nov. 9 and 16 at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

General admission, $12, senior (55 & over), $10, student (13-18 years old) $8, children (4-12 years old), $6 and children three and under are free. Group rates are available.

Always a favorite for young and old alike, the "Christmas Extravaganza," directed by Patti Law-Poggi, will be performed Dec. 7-9.

Reservations: Golden Chain Theatre, (559) 683-7112,

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