Wesleyan students set to perform

The West Virginia Wesleyan College Department of Theatre & Dance presents “Dead as a Doodu,” a whodunit dinner theatre written and directed by Gregory Mach, associate professor of theatre at Wesleyan.

The show will be presented Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Gandy Dancer Theatre in Elkins.

Napolean Dudu has died, and his family and friends are gathered for dinner and the reading of the will. However, what they soon find out is that he was murdered, and the killer is in the room with them.

Join the ridiculous characters of the Doodu family in an evening of food, fun, and overacting in this over-the-top whodunit that would baffle Sherlock Holmes.

The cast includes Collin Nelson of Charleston, as slimy family lawyer Larry Champagne; Tyler Dos Santos of Herndon, Va., as veteran soldier Bill Doodu; Logan Darnell of Danville, as Count Teddy Doodu, married to the psychic Contessa Poo Doodu, played by Susan Capicotto-Nichols.

Also in the cast is Rachel Barnhart of Lewisberry, Pa., as the spoiled Zuzu Doodu; Alliyah Corley of Elkton, Md., as the androgynous Frieda Doodu; and Sarah Hartman of Madison Heights, Va., as the village idiot, Hester Doodu. Supporting roles are played by Fawn Reid of South Mountain, Pa., and Brittany Shamblin of Mill Creek. The show is also directed by Teneille Garton of Weston, as the assistant director, and Nelson as stage manager.

Cast members mingle with the audience during the various courses so they can each be questioned about their roles in the murder and try to deduce who is lying, who has something to gain by death of the family patriarch, and who is the killer in the room.

The performance is staged in between courses of the dinner. Tickets are $35 each for adults and $25 for youth ages 10 and under at Bennett’s Steakhouse. Reservations are required. For more information on the play and purchasing tickets at Gandy Dancer Theatre, contact G’na Stevens at (304) 642-0643.

The next production presented by West Virginia Wesleyan College is the spring musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical by Howard Ashman and Harold Menken, on March 27-29 at 8 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on March 29 in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for Performing Arts. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for students.