‘Death by Dessert,’ anyone? There’s still time to grab your tickets for this delightfully sweet dinner theater extravaganza

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon and beyond, prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey of mystery, laughter and culinary delight as the Buckhannon Community Theatre proudly presents “Death by Dessert” at the Colonial Arts Center on October 13-14.

This immersive dinner theater experience promises an evening of sheer entertainment, delectable cuisine and an opportunity to support the arts in your community.

Anne Wilson, manager of the Colonial Arts Center, unveiled some of the secrets behind this one-of-a-kind event and the meaningful collaboration between the Colonial Arts Center, the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce and the Buckhannon Community Theatre.

“For just $75 per ticket or $600 for a table of 8, you can indulge in an evening filled with interactive theater, a sumptuous dinner prepared by The Opera House, delectable desserts courtesy of Chef Dale Hawkins and Fish Hawk Acres, and your choice of beverage,” said Wilson. “A cash bar will also be available for those seeking something extra special.”

Tickets and tables are available at convenient locations: the Chamber & Upshur Visitors Center, City Hall and Salon 88.

Wilson shared insights about the collaboration behind this event, saying, “It’s a joint effort between the Buckhannon Community Theatre, the Chamber of Commerce and the Colonial Arts Center. The goal is not only to provide a remarkable experience for the audience but also to support these organizations in their artistic endeavors.”

Wilson emphasized that a portion of the proceeds will benefit the CAC, as well as the BCT, ensuring that the local arts scene continues to thrive.

“Death by Dessert” is an interactive murder mystery set during a gathering of an Italian family. Patrons will enjoy their meals while the show unfolds around them.

“Some parts are scripted, but there are ample opportunities for the audience to interact with the characters, creating a dynamic and engaging experience,” said Wilson. “This immersive approach to theater is what sets ‘Death by Dessert’ apart. It’s not just a show; it’s an experience that invites you to become part of the story.”

“Whether it’s a romantic date night, a fun outing with friends, or a special celebration, ‘Death by Dessert’ offers something for everyone,” she added. “You don’t need to worry about dinner plans; everything is taken care of, allowing you to relax and immerse yourself in the evening’s entertainment.”

Wilson highlighted that in addition to benefiting the CAC and BCT, the funds raised will be used by the Chamber of Commerce to market more events and enhance their visibility. This collaborative effort aims to bring exposure to the chamber and showcase the city’s offerings to both residents and visitors.

“For BCT, the funds will contribute to the creation of a summer camp in June 2024, providing artistic opportunities for local youth during their summer break,” said Wilson. “The Colonial Arts Center will allocate funds to support various community arts programs, enriching the cultural landscape of Buckhannon.”

“Death by Dessert” is not just a play; it’s an experience that brings together the magic of theater and the joy of a fine dining experience, so grab a ticket and join your community on October 13 and 14 at the Colonial Arts Center for a thrilling evening filled with suspense, laughter, and delicious cuisine.

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