orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

March 30, 2014

Dinner theater event helps SETX Hospice help others

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — For more than two decades, a special dinner theater event has helped sustain an organization and allowed it to assist its clients. That event returns this Monday and Tuesday.

Southeast Texas Hospice presents its 21st Annual Mystery Dinner Theater at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 1, inside the St. Mary Parish Hall, 912 W. Cherry St. in Orange. Admission is $30 per person each night for this year’s presentation of “A Fatal Night at the County Fair” as patrons attempt to help the detective solve the dastardly deeds.

Patrons will watch as the plot unfolds as a bizarre medley of guests, including a real estate tycoon who schemes to purchase the county fair and close it leaving the local citizenry a little hot under the collar. This includes the character Fred Zuffle, the owner of Freddy’s Fast Pigs, who has been targeted by protesters.

Throw in a few female country music artists who will do almost anything to get to achieve country music stardom and things become really interesting.

According to Mary McKenna, executive director of Southeast Texas Hospice, the event is a great way for the community to enjoy quality entertainment and a tasty meal while supporting a worthy cause.

“This dinner theater event really has a great impact on our budget, absolutely it does,” McKenna said. “We use the funds generated from the dinner theater to help us pay for indigent care. Also, we could not continue to maintain our philosophy of providing care for the terminally ill and their families without these extra funds.”

McKenna said the event was originally known as the April Fool’s Feast as it was traditionally held on April Fool’s Day, or April 1, each year. It will occur on April 1 again this year for the first time in many years.

“Our schedule is dictated by many things,” McKenna said. “Especially since we hold the dinner in the Parish Hall of the church, we have to adjust to religious events and scheduled activities.”

McKenna said guests will enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner, which “ties into the county fair theme,” as well as other entertaining and sure to be eye brow raising activities.

“We think everyone will really get a laugh out of this year’s theater production,” she added. “We have pig races scheduled, as well as a pie contest. The cast were laughing so hard during rehearsals when they read the script it took some time to get through everything. It was that funny. You will have to see it for yourself to understand.”

Nolan LeBlanc, president of the Board of Directors for Southeast Texas Hospice, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Call 409-886-0622 for information or reservations.