Montana Actors’ Theatre is bringing back a mixture of dessert, murder and mystery to Havre, with its second production of Death by Chocolate Saturday.
“Last year was so successful that we decided to do it again,” MAT President Jay Pyette said.
“We were absolutely sold out last year,” he added. “The room was packed.”
The event is a combination fundraiser and sponsorship drive for the amateur theater production company.
During the event, attendees sample chocolate desserts made by local cooks, with a duplicate of each dessert reserved for bidding in a silent auction.
“As you taste the chocolates and the other desserts people bid on them,” Pyette said.
An hors d’oeuvre buffet also will be available throughout the evening.
Another silent auction will be held on art donated by local artists for the fundraiser.
People or businesses also will be able to bid during a live auction to sponsor different shows the Havre troupe of MAT will put on through the year. The name of the sponsor winning the bid on each show will be listed on all advertisements and promotions for the production.
Pyette said the directors for each show in the 2010-11 season will introduce their play, then Dave Greenwood will auction off the sponsorship.
And, of course, a main feature of the evening includes a play, a murder mystery written, directed and produced by MAT veteran Martin Holt.
“There's a question and answer period and the audience works to solve the murder,” Pyette said. “That’s just pretty much for fun.”
Each table will submit its answer for who the table members think committed the crime.
People can buy tickets for the show or reserve entire tables, which is often done by local businesses.
The reserved tables have premium seating and additional bonuses like the businesses reserving them being recognized throughout the night and being rewarded with wine glasses and wine, Pyette said.
The tickets are $25 each or two for $40, with table reservations going for $300. The event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Ballroom at the Montana State University-Northern Student Union Building.