Stolen Theatre Collective takes over Mahtay Café for evening of murder mystery

MISHAE LEE

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The Stolen Collective theatre will be presenting a Murder Mystery evening at Mahtay Café on Jan 16

On January 16, Mahtay Café in downtown St. Catharines will host the Stolen Theatre Collective’s event, Murder & Mystery Dance Party.

Attendees will have the pleasure of experiencing three talented local bands, Bri Lidstone, Majora and Barbarosa while trying to solve the mysterious murder that takes place just moments after the party begins.

Dig into those closets and find your best assassin costume to take part in the Famous Murder Costume Contest and have the chance to win a selection of premium Niagara wines.

This event will be a fundraiser for Stolen Theatre Collective’s production The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter coming this April. The production will be an immersive theatre piece where the audience becomes absorbed in the universe of the play.

The Stolen Theatre Collective was founded in 2007 and is a St. Catharines-based theatre company that creates plays, mounting existing ones in new and exciting ways. Their Murder & Mystery Dance Party is just one of the ways in which the company hopes to takes a performance and use it to really engage with their audience and surroundings.

Co-Artistic Director of Stolen Theatre Collective says of The Dumb Waiter, “the audience is invited to take a seat within the fourth wall and inside the universe of the play, where two cooped up assassins wait for instructions on their next hit. When a dumb waiter carrying food orders is discovered, things start to get a little strange; a dream-like atmosphere takes over the room and the audience themselves.”

Anyone interested is asked to wear a costume, play as a character as well as provide details to other participants regarding the “murder” that will take place in the café .

The Murder & Mystery Dance Party will be centered on the major themes of the play, assassins and murder, and will give a taste of what to expect from the theatre production in April.

Holten-Anderson says, “Our theatre company focuses on producing theatrical material, new or already published in novel ways that surprises and captivates the audience.”

“We believe that an experience in the theatre should be unique and only feasible within the theatre context. We shy away from theatre pieces that we feel could be better served by film or other visual mediums.”

Be sure to head downtown this Friday evening to support Stolen Theatre Collective’s fundraiser event and enjoy great music, dancing, and help solve the murder mystery.

For additional information regarding this and other events put on by Stolen Collective Theatre, visit them on Facebook or mahtay.ca

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