‘Exit Prima Donna’ opens March 24

Master Mystery Productions will present “Exit Prima Donna” starting Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley.

Writer Daniel Stallings described the experience as a once-in-a-lifetime show filled with song, suspicions, and surprises.

“‘Exit Prima Donna,’ a murder mystery opera, is a magical and musical adventure into the heart of Venice, Italy, where an opera house becomes the stage for mysterious happenings,” said Stallings.

“The company of the Teatro Venezia plans to throw a masquerade ball to celebrate the end of another successful season. However, before the festivities begin, Leonora, dresser at the opera house, bursts onstage in a panic as Donatella Violetta, the prima donna, has been kidnapped. With her cries ignored and mocked, Leonora vows to make a solo vigil throughout the night until news of Donatella reaches her. But the players return to find Leonora as a sleeping beauty, murdered from pricking her finger on a needle tainted with belladonna.

“Was Leonora the intended victim? Or did someone want to make the prima donna exit the stage forever?”

The production stars Heather McGaha, Nicole Johnson, James Aguirre, Rah Herrington, Elizabeth Pomazal, Nate Clair, Devanne Fredette, Beth Sparks-Jacques and Tiffany Cheney.

“‘Exit Prima Donna’ will be a stunning production befitting its lavish venue and a story with one of our most shocking endings yet. Will you be able to figure out what happened?”

Subsequent performances will be held March 31, April 7 and April 14 — all shows at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Amargosa Opera House and hotel front desk for $30 each. “It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance,” said Stallings. The front desk number is 760-852-4441, and the desk is staffed 8 a.m.-8 p.m. If you’re requesting tickets, have your credit card ready. Tickets are nonrefundable. Seating is limited and selling fast.

For more information about tickets e-mail deathvalleyjunction. backstage@gmail.com. For information about the show, contact mastermysteryproductions@hotmail.com.

Story First Published: 2018-03-12