SAN TAN VALLEY — The Murder Mystery Players of Casa Grande theater group is taking its popular show “Unmasked” to new audiences.

The acting troupe will perform the show at the Combs Performing Arts Center on April 9 and 10.

“This is so exciting for us,” said Pamela Karpelenia, writer, director and producer of the play. “It’s a chance for whole new audiences to get to know us.”

“Unmasked” will be performed at 7 p.m. on April 9 and at 3 and 7 p.m. on April 10 at the Combs Performing Arts Center, 2505 E. Germann Road in San Tan Valley. Each show will have a different ending. Admission is $25.

Light refreshments will be served during intermission while the audience puts their sleuthing skills to work to figure out which of the suspects is the killer.

“Unmasked” was performed for Casa Grande audiences in November in the Paramount Theater.

The play, which was written by Karpelenia, is set around a fictional theater company. In the story, a member of the theater company is murdered and one of the characters is the culprit.

It’s performed in two halves. In the first half of the show, the characters, who are gathered for a masquerade ball, will offer hints and clues throughout the performance.

During intermission, the audience will try to figure out who the culprit is.

The killer is revealed in the final scene.

Those who guessed correctly will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Actors in the show are Doug Harding, Jazmynn McDonald, Elizabeth Wagner, Kennedy Anderson, Apollo Child, Madison Petersen, Becki Child, Tamara Child and Jace Tanner.

It’s written, produced and directed by Karpelenia. Apollo Child is the assistant director.

In keeping with the theme of the show, audience members may dress as though they were attending a masquerade ball.

Tickets may be purchased online at Ticket Leap, https://the-murder-mystery-players-of-casa-grande.ticketleap.com/ or by calling 520-450-3472.

More information is available on the Murder Mystery Players of Casa Grande Facebook page.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.