To help ring in a day defined by love and excitement, Golden Chain Theatre will host a musical comedy murder mystery dinner leading up to and on Valentine’s Day, with a cast of characters sure to keep audience members guessing.
“The Altos,” in a spoof of famous HBO series “The Sopranos,” begins at the funeral of Tony Altos (played by Peter Clarke), where his wife Toffee (Darla Dean) invites guests to his wake.
A collection of wild, unpredictable characters at the gathering will keep audience members guessing as to who - maybe - killed off Tony.
Tony’s nephew Chris Altos (Jordan Michele) checks GCT guests for weapons at the door, but likely has extras for any who don’t come in strapped. Uncle Senior (George Rich) treats others to a corrupt dice game, while Tony’s Ma (Lyric Piccolotti) is defined as “well, just nuts.” Tony’s psychiatrist Dr. Malaise (Melinda Rich) gives out free examinations to guests and the Father (James Mierkey), isn’t quite sure what’s going on.
Director Jennifer Piccolotti said GCT guests can prepare for a raucous, lovely evening with “some pretty shady characters.”
“This gives us the opportunity to do something a little different, with some adult humor,” Piccolotti said. “And because the audience is an integral part of the show, it really keeps the actors on their toes.”
The show is rated PG-13, intended for an adult audience, and will run 6 p.m. each day from Feb. 12 - Feb. 14.
Piccolotti added this is the second murder mystery on Valentine’s Day for GCT after a very successful previous run. She said attendees will also have the opportunity to guess “who dunnit,” with a winner chosen from those who guess correctly.
For dinner while enjoying the show, guests will be served a catered three-course meal by An Event to Remember of Chowchilla including: appetizer of handmade cheese balls with crackers, spinach dip with vegetables, and antipasto platter; main course of chicken fettuccine alfredo, rigatoni in meat sauce with meatballs, loaded green salad, green beans with silvered almonds in butter sauce, and rolls; and dessert of chocolate mousse with whipped cream and an Italian biscotti.
Tickets are $45 per person.
Details: goldenchaintheatre.org, (559) 683-7112.