Hobby Center Murder

Edwardian murder mystery keeps TUTS gala guests on their detective toes

Murder mystery keeps TUTS gala guests on their detective toes

TUTS Gala 4/2016, on stage
TUTS gala guests play gumshoes at 'Who Dunnit?' dinner show. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Wiley George, Cynthia George, Bethan McCann, Mike McCann
Wiley George, Cynthia George, Bethan McCann, Mike McCann. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Andrea Tellepsen, Trent Tellepsen
Andrea Tellepsen, Trent Tellepsen. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Randy Stilley, Sandy Stilley
Gala chairs Randy Stilley, Sandy Stiley. Photo by Gary Fountain
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Steve Burkett, Margaret Lombardo
Steve Burkett, Margaret Lombardo. Photo by Gary Fountain
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Jim Daniel, Margaret Alkek Williams, Amy Pierce, Rob Pierce
Jim Daniel, Margaret Alkek Williams, Amy Pierce, Rob Pierce. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Shamus Crosby, Sarah Crosby
Shamus Crosy, Sarah Crosby. Photo by Gary Fountain
TUTS Gala 4/2016, David Oelman, Claudia Oelman
David Oelman, Claudia Oelman. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Raffi Tcholakian, Meredith Tcholakian, Demetria Jones, Frank Jones
Raffi Tcholakian, Meredith Tcholakian, Demetria Jones, Frank Jones. Photo by Gary Fountain
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Patric McKinney, Pete McKinney
Patrice McKinney, Pete McKinney. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Christina Hanson, Mark Hanson
Christina Hanson, Mark Hanson. Photo by Gary Fountain
TUTS Gala 4/2016,Pete O'Brien, Dana O'rBrien, Monica Karuturi, Kumaran Sathyamoorthy
Pete O'Brien, Dana O'rBrien, Monica Karuturi, Kumaran Sathyamoorthy. Photo by Gary Fountain
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Cameron Yoesel, Ben Yoesel
Cameron Yoesel, Ben Yoesel. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Amanada Evans and friends
Amanda Evans, Dallas Hall, Lindsay Price, Eli Price, Chris Daniel. Courtesy of TUTS
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Alan Ratliff, Tricia Ratliff
Alan Ratliff, Tricia Ratliff. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
TUTS Gala 4/2016, on stage
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Wiley George, Cynthia George, Bethan McCann, Mike McCann
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Andrea Tellepsen, Trent Tellepsen
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Randy Stilley, Sandy Stilley
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Steve Burkett, Margaret Lombardo
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Jim Daniel, Margaret Alkek Williams, Amy Pierce, Rob Pierce
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Shamus Crosby, Sarah Crosby
TUTS Gala 4/2016, David Oelman, Claudia Oelman
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Raffi Tcholakian, Meredith Tcholakian, Demetria Jones, Frank Jones
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Patric McKinney, Pete McKinney
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Christina Hanson, Mark Hanson
TUTS Gala 4/2016,Pete O'Brien, Dana O'rBrien, Monica Karuturi, Kumaran Sathyamoorthy
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Cameron Yoesel, Ben Yoesel
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Amanada Evans and friends
TUTS Gala 4/2016, Alan Ratliff, Tricia Ratliff

What more brilliant concept for a Theatre Under the Stars fundraiser than an interactive musical! The Edwardian-themed "Who Dunnit?" gala on Sarofim stage at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts was a thriller-filled evening that raised more than $600,000 for outreach and continuing education programs.

The musical murder mystery, featuring the vocal and acting talents of Dylan Godwin and Adam Gibbs, fingered five key suspects in the audience. It was up to gumshoe guests to review special clue packets and bid on items from the “estate sale” of the dearly departed in order to keep the investigation moving forward in an attempt to solve the fictional crime.

Along with chairs Sandy and Randy Stilley, many among the 380 guests donned Edwardian attire in the spirit of the mystery.

Setting the stage for the fun and games was the period red and gold décor by AJ’s Urban Petals, which served as backdrop for the English-inspired meal provided by Jackson and Company and the after-dinner music compliments of the Richard Brown Orchestra.

Wining and dining amid the murder mystery intrigue were Amy and Rob Pierce, Helen and Jim Shaffer, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Jane and Dean Gladden, Christina and Mark Hanson, Andrea and Trent Tellepsen, and Meredith and Raffi Tcholakian.

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