‘Eat Cake’ to open at Amargosa

‘Eat Cake’ to open at AmargosaMadame la Comtesse (played by Monica Lorenz) extols the virtues of morally blind aristocracy while Lady Chantilly (Rebecca Witherell) and The Marquis Mauvais (Jonathan Blair) look on — Courtesy photo

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“Eat Cake,” the newest musical from Master Mystery Productions, will open Saturday, March 23, at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley.

According to writer-producer Daniel Stallings, the interactive murder-mystery-comedy was in-spired by the lavish murals of Marta Becket’s legendary theater.

“It’s 1789, and it’s the last hurrah for the French aristocracy before the guillotine cuts the celebration short,” said Stallings.

“At the gilt-and-crystal splendor of Versailles, the eccentric Marquis Mauvais has taken up the latest fashion in ‘philanthropy’ when he scoops up Brigitte the Bawd from the streets of Paris to transform her into the perfect aristocrat.

“Contending with his fiancée, a gossip, and a doomed countess is a cake walk for the nobleman, except that his pet project intends to smuggle in dangerous revolutionaries into the palace. When a series of failed assassinations at multiple targets rock the Marquis’ apartments, a madcap maze of motives and mistaken identity is exposed,” continued Stallings.

“Who is responsible for the insanity? Is anyone truly innocent? In a farcical nod to the madness of Versailles and the French Revolution, ‘Eat Cake’ is a hilarious mystery comedy with wacky characters, screwball secrets and tumultuous twists that make you wonder if anyone can have their cake and eat it too.”

The cast includes Jonathan Blair, Rebecca Witherell, Heather McGaha, Monica Lorenz, Devanne Fredette, Calvin Johnson, Nicole Johnson and Tiffany Cheney, said Stallings. “The production will feature extravagant period costumes and superstar talent in one of the most beautiful venues in the area.”

Curtain is at 2 p.m., and subsequent performances will be held March 30, April 6 and April 13.

Tickets are $30 general admission, and $15 for kids 12 and younger. Tickets will be sold through the Amargosa Hotel Front Desk, and it is highly recommended that they be purchased in advance. Call the Front Desk at 760-852-4441 between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily or leave a message with your name and number to reserve your seats. Patrons should reference “Eat Cake” and have their credit card ready; they can also process ticket purchases through receipt of a hard-copy check.

Tickets may be picked up at the Front Desk starting at noon on the day of the show.

Tickets are nonrefundable. Patrons may also email the front desk and leave details such as name and phone number and the front desk staff will call them back (deathvalleyjunction.backstage@gmail.com).

For answers to further questions, contact mastermysteryproductions@hotmail.com or message Master Mystery Productions on Facebook.

Story First Published: 2019-03-08