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Public summoned to trial for Lamplighter Theatre's dinner show

Posted: March 19, 2013 - 5:25pm

One injurious judge.

Two loquacious lawyers.

Ten wacky witnesses.

“Sandbag, Stage Left, or One Dead Dolly” is a zany parody of courtroom movies and TV shows. The play is loaded with one-liners, sight gags and silliness, and when the trial comes to an end, the audience members who have been selected as the jury determine the fate of Arnold Meddle.

Performances of this Lamplighter Community Theatre dinner show will be April 11, 12 and 14 at Town’s Edge Restaurant, Bar and Event Center, Staples. On Thursday and Friday the dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. with the trial at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday dinner will be at noon with the trial at 1 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling 218-894-3050. This show is suitable for an adult audience.

The members of the Mill City Players are besides themselves over the mysterious death of their leading lady, Amelia Meddle, who during a performance, was cruelly squashed by a flying sandbag. All fingers point to her husband, undertaker Arnold Meddle, who was seen wandering around backstage just before the sailing sandbag hit pay dirt.

It’s mud-slinging galore between defense lawyer Philip Static and prosecutor Emily Cling. Meanwhile, one by one the members of the Mill City Players take the stand to implicate Arnold Meddle knowing about his jealous nature and Amelia’s flirtations with Mill City lead actor Byron Shelley. This, claims the prosecution, provides Arnold with his motive.

Arnold contends he is innocent, but who could crush such a lovely woman under a pile of dirt and burlap? Mill City stage manager Gretel Van Cistern? Sexy actress Dora Glockamora? Arnold’s mousy assistant embalmer Edwena “Chuck” Bury? Or medical examiner Sophia Sally Soo?

It’s the case of the century, (or at least this past week), under the steady gavel of Judge Roy L. Been, who presides over a jury of audience members, called for duty when the judge dismisses the original jury for not inviting him to their party.

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