Youth theater group set to perform “Death by Chocolate” August 18

By Sarah Burghardt

The Millstreet Players prepare for the murder mystery comedy event

Nick Noir’s alter ego (Tess Nelson) speaks his mind as he (Mark Tu) looks onto some information that his secretary, Selena (Rivers Nelson) has found. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt) Aspiring country singer and barista Bobbie Sue Cash (Crystal Delich) belts out a song as she grinds coffee beans. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt) Henry Higgens Hickenbottom (Jake Progon) grumpily hangs out in the coffee shop. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt) CoCo Purvis (Ella Nelson) and Nick Noir (Mark Tu) make a deal for Detective Noir to solve the murder case at her coffee shop. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt) Bon Bon (Elizabeth Loper) sassily tells her sister CoCo (Ella Nelson) that hiring Detective Noir was a big mistake. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt) Detective Noir’s alter ego (Hugo Drews) tells what he (Mark Tu) really thinks when Bon Bon (Elizabeth Loper) tries to get him out of her shop. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt) Secretary Selena (Rivers Nelson) interogates Georgia Gore, a food critic, (Gretta Hornquist) while she tries to solve the case. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt) Juniper Berry (Jacqueline Mendez-Chavez) looks shocked as the people in the coffee shop find out some new information. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt)
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Nick Noir’s alter ego (Tess Nelson) speaks his mind as he (Mark Tu) looks onto some information that his secretary, Selena (Rivers Nelson) has found. (Sun Post staff photo by Sarah Burghardt)

Rehearsals began less than a month ago and the Millstreet Players are already putting together the final touches for this year’s performance of this cryptic but comedic play, “Death by Chocolate.”

The play stars Nick Noir, a bumbly detective that has seen better luck, who lands a case at a coffee shop to solve the mysterious death of Vinnie Leech. The murderous weapon is the house special drink, death by chocolate. CoCo Purvis, part-owner of the coffee shop, hires Noir to solve the case. With the help of his trusty secretary Selena, Noir tries to put together the pieces of this murder mystery. The interesting part about the play is that Noir’s thought process is portrayed by a different person, displaying his alternate personality, who appears on stage to share what he is actually thinking throughout the play.

Liz Bray, the recreation program coordinator, said the audience can definitely look forward to surprises. With 14 kids performing, plus others for behind the scenes work, Bray is proud of what they have accomplished so far and is excited to let their creativity shine through their characters.

“There’s comedy, and there are some serious bits too, so it’s a mix of elements,” Hugo Drews shared, who plays one of the alternate egos of Nick Noir.

With an array of hilarious characters and surprising twists, the audience is sure to be kept on their toes throughout the entire show.

“Some people aren’t exactly who you think they are. You think you have it all figured out… but it completely changes,” Elizabeth Loper said, who portrays Bon Bon, the other part-owner of the coffee shop.

The murder mystery dinner theater features a coffee shop themed menu, with items like sandwiches, salads, chips, and of course the infamous “death by chocolate” (sans the poison) decadent dessert.

“Death by Chocolate” opens Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Murzyn Hall. Tickets are on sale now for $10. They are available for purchase at Murzyn Hall at 530 Mill Street or by calling 763-706-3730.

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