The kitchen knives were out Saturday night in Lynnville as Tecumseh High School students presented their fall dinner theatre, "Murder at the Pie Auction."

This was the second dinner theatre for THS, both of which were directed by teacher Elizabeth McClelland.

"We threw it together last minute last year as a fundraiser for the spring musical," she said. "And we sold out so quickly, we added a second showing for this year."

Senior Jordan Yates said last year's show was what inspired her to try out this year.

"We watched the video of it in class and it just looked really fun," she said. "And it's for a good cause, the musical."

This year's spring musical is "The Little Mermaid."

But back to the fall drama: guests who watched "Murder At The Pie Auction" were able to dine on a feast prepared and donated by the Tecumseh High School cafeteria staff, including pot roast over noodles with mashed potatoes and of course, pies. They were served in the Braves Café, which also doubled as the stage.

The shows concept? A spicy, yet dicey "who-dunnit."

"Mother Mabel is having a pie auction and charity fundraiser because they are almost broke because this new company came in and has taken over the business," said THS junior, Remington Pfeffer. "And as they get going, they realize one of the pie bakers isn't there because she's been murdered."

Pfeffer plays a dual character:

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goofy actor Rex Roberts in a Hawaiian shirt who is really an undercover detective from Baltimore.

"It's different," he said. "I've never done it before, but it's fun."

While Yates plays dramatic celebrity chef Julia Lyle.

"She's won the last four years, but that's only because she's been cheating," Yates said. "She's been paying old Judge Templeton to vote for her."

Junior Emme Ashby worked last year as a stagehand. This year, she's pulling double duty, acting as a bidder in the audience as well.

"This kind of show is a lot more interactive with the audience because you're closer and more intimate," she said. "And to get to have those little moments with the actors that you don't really get to notice on the stage, that's a lot different."

Yates said she was appreciative of the people who came out to be entertained and fed on Saturday night, even if theatre isn't their normal cup of tea.

"The arts in general are very important and I know a lot of people go to football games, and everything, but we also work really hard," she said. "It takes a lot to get up on stage and act in front of everyone, and it's not something everyone can do. So, it's nice to have the feedback of the community coming out and supporting us."

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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