2019 Fall Dinner Theater 

The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940

by John Bishop 


John Bishop’s The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940, a non-musical farce, Directed by Mickey Morstad


The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy financier. The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid who is apparently four different people--all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes their reappearance and strikes again--and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. The remaining survivors must solve the mystery before time runs out--but not before the audience has been treated to a side-splitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting satire and refreshingly irreverent wit. 


  • Elsa Von Grossenknueten - Tamara McClintock

  • Helsa Wenzel - Jessica Scherer

  • Michael Kelly - Matthew Luczak

  • Patrick O'Reilly - Patrick Trotman

  • Ken De La Maize - Joshua Cash

  • Nikki Crandall - Breana Burggraff

  • Eddie McCuen - Alex C. Erickson

  • Marjorie Baverstock - Rhonda Schmidt

  • Roger Hopewell - Travis Chaput

  • Bernice Roth - Melissa Peterson


"A huge thank you to everyone who came to audition. I truly appreciate the courage it takes just to show up, and the willingness to put yourself out there and try silly things. Thank you all!"

Performance Dates

Evening Performances: October 17 (opening night), 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

  • Doors Open: 5 pm

  • Dinner: 6 pm

  • Show: 7 pm

Ticket Price: $40

Tables of 6 to 8 may be reserved in advance. All seats must be purchased at the time of the reservation.

Matinee Performances: Sunday, October 20 & 27

  • Doors Open: 1 pm

  • Show: 2 pm

    Dessert and coffee will be served during intermission

Ticket Price: $20

Tables of 6 to 8 may be reserved in advance. All seats must be purchased at the time of the reservation.

Dinner Menu:

Dinner will be catered by the A.T. The Black and White

Evening Performances will be buffet style: Blackened Chicken Spinach Salad, Pulled Roast Beef with Gravy, Roasted Red Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots and a Dinner Roll with Butter.

For Dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Sunday Matinee (Dessert Only): Plated Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce, Candied Pecans and Whip Cream. 

Please notify staff should you have special dietary restrictions by email admin@greatart.org or phone (320-632-0960) - note the performance date and your dietary request.

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