(Orange, Texas)

March 26, 2014

Dinner theater event helps support local organization

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

BRIDGE CITY — A yearly fundraising event not only provides lots of laughter and entertainment, but it also helps one organization support its business community.

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will hold its fourth annual Mystery Dinner Theater at 7 p.m., Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at the Bridge City Community Center. Friday’s show is suitable for the entire family and tickets are $20 per person or a table of eight is just $150. On Saturday, the atmosphere is a little more rambunctious as it is an adults only showcase with tickets available for $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. This year’s production is “Dangerous Night on a Desert Isle.”

The presentation of “Dangerous Night on a Desert Isle” is being directed by Lynae Sanford and is produced by Eric Andrus of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce.

“The mystery dinner theater has become a great fundraiser for the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce,” Andrus said in a telephone interview. “The funds generated by this event help us support a variety of chamber activities throughout the year, which allow us to better serve our members.”

Andrus, a founder and participant in each of the four dinner theater events, believes a dinner theater event is just another way to generate interest in the chamber for both its members and non-members, as well as providing a night of entertainment for its patrons.

“It’s always fun, and it’s always interesting,” Andrus said of the dinner theater production. “Each year we have a few veteran actors return, but we do try and get some new people involved too. It’s hard though finding 12 people who can meet up one night each week for three months. That’s a big commitment.”

Andrus said creating a family night production and an adults-only production in 2013 generated a lot of extra interest in the mystery dinner theater, which is why the decision was made to continue the same tradition this year.

“Saturday night is definitely targeting the adult crowd,” Andrus explained. “It’s always been a better night, and, with the addition of adult beverages, a slightly different meal, and adult-oriented content, well, it’s become much more popular.”

Andrus hopes the community will come out and support the chamber and these two “great nights” of entertainment.

“This allows us to better serve our members, and, in turn, it allows us to give back to the community,” he said. “Plus, it’s always a lot of fun.”

Call the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce at 409-735-5671 for more information.