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An evening of mystery to welcome theatre goers

From left to right: Alaina Hughes, Daniel Gertis, Erin Burris, Emily Maxwell, Marina Tighe, Carly Strauch, Michael Gertis, Kasia Abramo.

BY: Tiffany Monde, Tonawanda Source | October 25, 2012

TONAWANDA - At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 and 10, in the Tonawanda high School Alumni Auditorium, you will have the opportunity to attend an evening of dinner and mystery. Tonawanda Dinner Theater Mystery presents, “Café Mystery,” a play unlike the norm, in which the audience is part of the show and has to solve the crime committed during dinner.

“It’s unique because the audience is right on stage with the cast and interacts in the show,” said Director, Dan Lynch.

Daniel Gertis, a senior, plays the roll of Detective Harris, who he described as energetic and really crazy. He said these qualities make him a fun character to play.

“I’ve been doing plays since I was little, even before I was in school, I did them in my church,” said Gertis.

Once he finishes school he wants to major in forensic science and hopes to become a forensic psychologist.

Kasia Abramo, a sophomore, has been doing plays since before she can remember.

“My character, the maître d’, tries to be very official and interacts with the audience a lot,” said Abramo. “I really like the play because it’s very mysterious and funny.”

Sophomores Alaina Hughes, Carly Straugh, Marina Tighe, Erin Burris, and Emily Maxwell, a junior, play sisters that come into the café for dinner. During dinner things go awry and someone goes missing.

The girls really enjoy being with the whole cast and being a part of the theater family. They also love how funny the show is even though it is a mystery. They said that it’s different from a normal play and are excited to be able to take part in something so unique.

“Not many schools have a dinner theater and not many schools give students a chance to practice skills in acting like improvisation, and I think it’s really great that we are fortunate enough to have this program,” said Burris.

Junior Christine Devlin plays the sassy waitress and Michael Gertis, sophomore, plays the airheaded but straight-laced chef.

Tickets are $18, which include the show as well as dinner, dessert, and drinks. Call 694-7670 ext. 2258 or e-mail dlynch@tona.wnyric.org to make reservations, tickets are presale only.

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