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Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

Reservations now open for ‘Murder Inn’

Off Stage Productions information

Off Stage Productions opens its 2015-2016 season with Murder Inn, written by Howard Voland and Keith McGregor. Dan Bulau returns to direct the 12-member cast of this murder mystery-comedy, assisted by Amy Shoppell.

Off Stage Productions will once again be performing for three weekends, so mark those calendars and plan to attend one or more of the seven show dates offered October 24, 25, 30, 31, November 1, 6 and 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees at the Van Wert County Senior Center, 220 Fox Road in Van Wert.

Murder Inn logo 7-2015A delicious buffet style meal prepared by Catering at its BEST by Sonya & Diane, will be served starting at 7 for each evening performance and the show will begin at 8 p.m. (1 p.m. meal and 2 p.m. show for Sunday matinees).

Join the cast and creative team and laugh out loud as the audience tries to solve the mystery, along with the stranded guests at Murder Inn. This delightful comedy features a cast of zany characters, a near-sighted, knife-throwing poltergeist, a Ouija board of doubtful veracity, thunder and lightning, screams in the dark, and a satisfying body count.

Murder Inn is set in New England, at the Barnsley Inn, a dilapidated eighteenth century inn, which is supposedly haunted by Marco, a knife-throwing poltergeist. A group of tourists, on a tour of Ghosts and Ghouls of New England, is forced by a storm to make an unscheduled stop at the Barnsley.

What looks to be an unpleasant and uncomfortable detour soon turns into a night of mayhem and madness as knives begin to pop up … in the most unexpected places. As the storm builds and the body count rises, the survivors try to figure out who done it, and, even more important, who’s likely to have it done to them next?

Cast members are as follows: Jake Talbot, Travis Nihiser; Martha Talbot, Julie Miller; Agnes Tate, Staci Kaufman; Carolyn Pickett, Lacy Allen; Ellen Halsey, Marcy Shoppell; Muriel Lampmann, Amy McConn; Patricia Simpson, Terri Stevens; Todd Currier, Cody Tucker; Lawrence Currier, John Vining; Grace Sharp, Jewell Kurtz; Doris Brooks, Lisa Eichler; and Donald Schultz, Ed Eichler.

Reservations for members open at 10 a.m. today and on Wednesday, October 7, for the general public and are open daily. Reservations close at 6 p.m. each day, and can be made by calling 419.605.6708. Ticket prices are $28 for the dinner and show. Reservations must be secured with a credit card, and any cancellations must be made by the Wednesday prior to show date (for full refund).

More information about Off Stage Productions can be found online at or by calling 419.605.6708.

POSTED: 10/05/15 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News