It was “Murder Most Fowl,” an interactive murder mystery on Saturday night, Feb. 23 at the Rebeca Sosa Theater in the Miami Springs Community Center.
Organized as a fundraiser by the Pelican Playhouse, Miami Springs’ resident theatre group, 80 people paid $35 each for dinner and a show, and 15 volunteered to play parts as the mystery unfolded. Two were assigned parts as detectives and others played, friends, suspects and informers.
The program was presented by Barbara Fox, who moderated the program as Chrystal Ellington, a newspaper reporter.
“I write, produce, direct and act in murder mystery plays,” Fox said. “As I read the play, audience members read their parts in character from scripts. Then we take a 15-minute break to let everyone consult with each other and try to figure out who was the killer. No one knows until the very end.”
Fox has been presenting murder mysteries since 1986, mostly in Miami Beach and Hollywood. Her e-mail is email@example.com. Phone: 786-683-6078.
Ralph Wakefield, artistic director and president of Pelican Playhouse, said, “We went to see Barbara Fox do one of these presentations and decided to bring it to the theatre. This is a fundraiser for the playhouse and the Mu Alpha Theta math club. They provide refreshments for the playhouse and also provided the homemade food for tonight’s dinner.”
Wakefield said some of the Pelicans (Pelican players) might be chosen to play parts, and some were. He credited his wife Nancy Jones for driving the bus, meaning she arranged and organized everything.
Christopher Robbie, of Miami Springs, described himself as a thespian and said, “My last role was that of a troll. It was quite a stretch,” added the stout, 6-foot man.
While mulling over clues for the whodunit, Gail Perron said, “We have a lot of clues, but I think it’s Robin and Claudia. They did it for the money. We’ll see.”
Nancy Russo said, “He said she was too old for him, so I think Tammy killed him.”
“I’m stuck between two suspects, Tammy and Robin,” said Melissa Capote. “I’m related to Truman. Tammy had three motives: love, ambition and money.”
Laura Jimenez, who also played a part, said, “Robin did it. I think he was having an affair with April.”
As it turned out, the murderer was Reisa Isaac, 17, a.k.a., April Dove.
Phyllis Usher of Virginia Gardens said she thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and program. Her friend Elsa Ponton said, "We really liked the show. I'm so glad we came."