Drama Club at DelVal invites you to A Murder Mystery Dinner

By Zaida Martin / Full360 Reporter

This spring the Drama Club at Delaware Valley University brings a new idea to the table: a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.

Cast of production from left to right: Ciara Whelan, Paige Thompson, Andrew Szalus, Dylan Haughey, Elaina Ward, Charlotte Grayson.

The club’s president, Abby McCoy, class of 2025, provided some details for the upcoming event.

“We decided on doing a Murder Mystery dinner theater,” said McCoy. “Basically, it will be a theater in the round, so the stage will be in the center with the tables for viewers set up around. The audience will be watching the performance and try to solve the murder as it goes along.”

The production is an original from Act4Mystery, an award-winning professional murder mystery performing troupe. The script was written by Paula Hilton, founder of the troupe, of which DVU’s drama club obtained the rights for and set to work.

The cast only consists of six members, with many stage crew helpers who will be assisting with the production and serving food to the audience members.


The event will take place Friday, March 24th, 7:00 pm in Moumgis Auditorium, part of DVU’s Student Center.

Dinner is included in admission, which will be $10 for staff and students, $20 for the public.

Interested parties can go to https://www.eventcreate.com/e/mmwithdvudrama to RSVP.

McCoy has been a club member since Fall of 2021 and was recently named president. This will be the first production under her leadership. She expressed her fondness for the art based on her previous experiences.

“I’ve done theater since I was a kid, my first show was CATS when I was 9. So then, when we found out there was a drama club my friend and I decided to join together!”

The club produces at least one or two productions a year, the main event being a spring musical. They also hope to try acting masterclasses, as well as partnering with the University’s various Playwriting classes to produce short productions. All of these activities and more will be designed to bring together the community and create a close-knit and chill environment for members.

“It takes a break from the career-related clubs, which are great, it offers great opportunities, but I think its also good to have clubs just for enjoyment.”

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