Murder mystery dinner theatre in Sherborn

Left to right: Patrick Lombard (8th grade) playing Brother Thomas, Charlotte Buehler (10th grade) playing Sister Mary Martin, Frankie Kovrlija (12th grade) playing Brother Thomas, Anika Bhaskaran (8th grade) playing Mary Margaret. Photo by Maureen Haswell.

The Sherborn Community Center has been a place for many Sherborn events, and has been used for multiple purposes throughout the years. From temporarily housing the library to being the location for the annual Town Caucus and Friday Night at the Movies, the building has always lived up to its title by bringing the community together.

This summer, the ballroom of the historic 1858 town house will take on yet another function: as St. Mary’s Convent for the upcoming Dover Sherborn Drama Program’s dinner theatre production of “Murder Can be Habit Forming.”

This past week, parent and student volunteers helped cast members transform into their characters assisting with costumes, hair, and makeup for a photo shoot. “I am glad that my last show is a dinner theatre,” commented Frankie Kovrlija, a rising senior cast member who is participating in his sixth and final summer show. “I really enjoy playing a comedic role that gets to wear a monk outfit!”

In addition to a three-course meal catered by Zaftigs Delicatessen, another notable aspect of the show is improvisational acting. The students have spent all summer working on original comedic improv characters, which they act out while serving dinner to the audience.

“The dinner theatre is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said cast member Mason Rauch, an incoming sophomore at DSHS, expressing his excitement. “We get a chance to practice our improv skills by interacting with the audience as part of the production, which makes this experience unique from a regular play or musical.”

The grand finale of this interactive theatre includes the audience members guessing who the murderer is and a chance at winning a prize.

The performances of “Murder Can be Habit Forming” will appeal to all ages. Show dates are Wednesday, August 21, through Saturday, August 24, at 6:00 p.m. at the Sherborn Community Center.

Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketstage.com.

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