Death by Dessert

Written by Nathan Hartswick
Dates February 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27, 28, 2015
Location Medicine Hat Lodge Ballrooms
Director Myrna Ironside

Directors Message

It's dessert time, and you're invited to a dessert extravaganza so good, it's 'to die for'! In Little Italy anywhere, the Donneducci family and Duccedonni family have been feuding for a generation, while operating two competing Italian restaurants that share a common wall. At rise, the building's landlord is dead at centre stage, and everyone is suspect - from the old-world Italian Duccedonni restaurant owner and mafia don Donnaducce restaurant owner to the passionate chefs and bumbling wait staff. Flashing back in time, the story is told by its victim, who alternately narrates and participates in the action, while including the audience in the speculation of who killed her. As customers in the restaurant, the audience is served a delectable dessert buffet, but they don't just sit back and watch; each person must cast a vote for 'whodunit!' Will the murderer be ferreted out? Will the feud ever be reconciled? What are the hidden truths about what happened all those years ago? This offbeat comedic murder mystery will delight audiences beyond age 14.


April Bell (Busgirl)- Bev Potter (Maria)- Bill Cocks (Nino) - Dallas Janot (Louie) - Darlene Dee(Nina) - Dave Tongs (Police Officer) - Debi Hoefling (Nonna) - Gerry Getz (Don Donnaducce) - Grace Kowalchuk (Louise) - Hailey Doucette (Francie) - Lachlan Bell (Busby) - Luanne Schneider (Donna Duccedonni) - Peter Leeming (Nonno) - Reed Vandermolen (Frankie) - Robyn Schneider (Louise)

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Director (Myrna Ironside) - Production Manager (Danita Schick-Musfelt) - Set Construction (Derrick Ironside) - Lighting (Shirley Carra, Ken Bowen, Pat Burke) - Sound (Stu Hickey) - Costumes (Luanne Schneider) - Cast Props (Debi Hoefling, Marg McCulley, Luanne Schneider) - Make-Up (Debi Hoefling, Marg McCulley)

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Production Photos

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Arsenic and Old Lace


The Board of Directors of Medicine Hat Firehall Theatre Society gratefully acknowledges the support of local merchants and the many volunteers who contributed in any way to the success of this production. These efforts are most sincerely appreciated. Any omissions from the following list are genuinely regretted and the contribution no less appreciated.

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, St.John Presbyterian Church,
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, The Medicine Hat Lodge,
Casino By Vanshaw, MY96, CHAT 1270, CJCY 102.1
Joan Kennedy for the Photographs