According to Numerous Reports Murder, Mystery, Mayhem and Outrageous Fun Plagued Homan Hall in Marquand on Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Suspense was high, drama was definitely in the air, and the “MOPS” squad (Mark-One Players Society) was in rare form as they staged their very first production in the way of a “Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre” at Homan’s Hall in Marquand. With a script written by Marquand’s very own Clara (Sitze) Mouser, the sold-out audience was instructed to assume their designated roles as business and community people of Marquand, MO in the 1930’s. Guests were encouraged to dress appropriately for that era, but for randomly selected characters vintage outerwear was provided to help assume their character.
The setting was described as a grand party being thrown by the town’s hotel owner and his charming niece to welcome Marquand’s new Depot Agent, and his lovely wife to the area. The party was also a way of shedding positive light on the town when so many were upset over the recent bank robbery and scandalous rumors that were being spread. A number of characters were needed to fill various roles as the plot thickened and Marquand was buzzing with vicious rumors of “who done it,” and the promise of justice being brought to the forefront. Cleverly scripted, and played out to the letter, the evening proved to be entertaining, delicious and alluring.
Guests were welcomed by Hostess, Mrs. Jenny Proctor, and dinner was catered by Castor River Roadhouse in Marquand. If you wish to learn more… you’ll need to make reservations for the September 25, 2009 staging of this classic entanglement of fact and fiction. Information about Homan Hall can be found on the world wide web at: www.homanhall.com, or by contacting any C.R.O.P. member.