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THE LODGE MURDER MYSTERY

Written by
Donna Rand 
and 
D.B. Cooper

Written for use by Cloudcroft Light Opera Company

Directed by 
Arlan Ponder

"The Secret's in the Sauce"

or 

"Your Drink's On Me"


November 13, 14, 15, 
2009





GOOD DRINK CO. 


MARKETING DIRECTOR POISONED



Mae Bea Loyal, director of marketing for the Good Drink Co., an up-and-coming micro-brewery, died at a beer tasting contest earlier today.

According to Cloudcroft police, Loyal, one of the judges for the contest, suffered convulsions as judging deliberations began just after the tasting portion of the contest. Loyal’s fellow judges, Good Drink Co. owners Chuy and Verie Good, apparently suffered no ill effects.

Witnesses said each judge tasted each recipe in turn, separately from the other judges, taking a drink from each sample provided. Verie Good was the first taster, followed by her husband and Loyal.

Cloudcroft detectives Areal Boss and Noah Clew confiscated all beer samples, foods and water glasses from the scene to look for any signs of poison. Police believe Loyal’s drink must have been tainted because the Goods were not poisoned.

Because the beer contest winner would be awarded a Good Drink Co. contract worth untold thousands of dollars, police are investigating each of the contestants and everyone who had access to the drinks and foods.

Boss and Clew were attending the contest and say they are investigating all possible leads. Boss said an autopsy is being performed on the deceased and all relevant information will be released to the public as it becomes available.



DO THESE GREAT

LEGS HAVE ANYTHING

TO DO WITH THE

PLOT !!!




CHARACTERS/SUSPECTS

Chuy Good


Eccentric owner of the Good Drink Co. with his wife, Verie. He hired Loyal away from his primary conpetitor, Frosty Beverage. He grew up dirt poor in Mudslick, Mississippi, and found success when he first marketed a whisky made from his great-grand pappy’s own recipe. He met Verie on his first trip to New York, where she taught him the facts of life for a nominal fee. Upon Chuy’s success, Verie quickly gave up her working ways and happily became Chuy’s very rich wife. They have a daughter, Simp Leigh Good, who is 21 years old.

 

Verie Good


Chuy Good’s wife and co-owner of The Good Drink Co. She’s not sure exactly why Chuy hired Loyal. Verie met Chuy on his first trip to New York, where she worked as an escort. Upon Chuy’s success, Verie joined him in Mudslick, Mississippi, after they were wed.



Simp Leigh Good


The Good’s daughter. She is extremely shy and stays right on her father’s coattails. She is attending the University of Texas-El Paso, where she is majoring in marketing.

 

O. (Omar) Golley 


A contestant. His bad recipes constantly were rejected by Loyal when she was with Frosty Beverage. Golley said Loyal “had no taste.” He submitted the same old recipe to Good Drink in this contest.



Whoa Nellie 


A contestant. Says her pistachio beer recipe was stolen by Loyal when she was with Frosty Beverage and it became a top seller for them. She reported this theft to the feds, but they refused to do anything about it because there was little proof.

 

G. (Gordon) Willakers 


A contestant. A scruffy old fart know for his green chili beer recipe and hot temper. Most people perceive him as a senile goofup.



Hum Dinger


A contestant. An actor who started his own microbrewery, Hum Dinger Drinks, Inc. He has used many of Hasbena Round’s recipes that never were big sellers. He attempted to woo Loyal away from Frosty Beverage before his company failed.

 

Hasbena Round


A contestant. Known for working on “under the table” in order to win beer contests. When people say “tasty morsel,” they aren’t always referring to Round’s beers. She previously relied on Hum Dinger to sell her various beers.

 


Bum Ticker 


A contestant. Hoping sympathy for his poor health will reap rewards. He was once madly in love with Loyal’s mother, Goodanne Loyal, long after Royal Loyal, Mae’s father, passed away. Mae basically ran him off and moved Goodanne to El Paso, Texas, to live with her sister, Seniora Sweet. He hopes one day to reunite with Goodanne.

 

Dorothy Domestica


A contestant. Her recipes generally are big winners and are sold by several large breweries. Domestica’s ex (Lax Morals) is now Loyal’s boyfriend.

 

Bitter Taste


A contestant. His recipes are know for their afteraffects. His apron appears to be the only one he ever has used and reflects his sloppy brewing habits and tobacco chewing in a multitude of colors and smells.

 

Dirte Hair


A contestant. Not unusual to find bizarre ingredients in her beers - including rodent blood, spit, hair, phlem, etc. Her missing teeth may be her greatest asset. Lives in the woods in Southern New Mexico with a still her father gave her on his death bed.



Detective Areal Boss


Say no more. Loyal’s old college roommate at the Tularosa Academy of Ballet and Business (TABB). She eventually signed up with the Cloudcroft Police Academy and went on to become a detective in the Cloudcroft Police Department. Detective Noah Clew is her partner. The two are often referred to as the “No Brainers” around the police department. They do occassionally luck out and solve a crime.

 

Detective Noah Clew


Areal Boss’s partner on the Cloudcroft police force. He and Boss commonly can be found tripping over evidence, suspects and other important clues. In terms of cases solved they are batting “a thousand” or pitching a shutout







HOW TO PLAY

1

Participants need to read ALL the information - bios, police reports, autopsy reports, etc.

2.

Playing requires three basic attributes - a sense of humor, an ability to strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger and the ability to solve a crime.

3.

The killer is the only suspect who can lie.

4.

Suspects can evade answering the questions or just plain avoid answering, if they so choose.

5.

Suspects will reveal information throughout the event - so pay attention.

6.

Roam around and ask ALL suspects questions, even if you think they are innocent.

7.

Do not attempt to bribe suspects for information - they know less than you do.

8.

Remember the most common motives for murder are: power, revenge, money, a hired hit, passion and drugs/alcohol.

9.

During dinner participants might want to sit with a suspect in order to gain more information and question them.

10.

Take notes, ask questions pertaining to all the information in your packets - no matter if you think they’re inapplicable.

11.

CLOC members will be wearing name tags which will identify them as the suspects.

12.

Remember to HAVE FUN.

 





Cast of Characters

Chuy Good
played by
Mike Mishkin

Hasbena Round
played by
Janet Weatherly

Verie Good 
played by
Charliss Randall

Bum Ticker
played by
Dave Venable

Simp Leigh Good
played by
Leah Freeman

Dorothy Domestica
played by
Pat Mishkin

O. (Omar) Golley
played by
Arlan Ponder

Bitter Taste
played by
Rich Penner

Whoa Nellie
played by
Viola Penner

Dirte Hair
played by
Michele Rollins

G. (Gordon) Willakers
played by
Robert Wright

Detective Areal Boss
played by
Terra Ponder

Hum Dinger
played by
Alan Hale

Detective Noah Clew
played by
Joplin Sell




NOW LETS GET DOWN TO
("BREWING" or "MONKEY")
BUSINESS ...



THE WINNERS ARE..



GREAT BREAKFAST BUFFET

TO HEAR THE WINNERS !!!

THANKS, CYNTHIA, FOR BEING 

THERE TO TAKE PICTURES FOR 

RUIDOSO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE




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