So, you want to kill the president of your company.
There’s a new Okanagan theatre troupe claiming it can help—although they need help finding hit men, pardon, actors.
Murder and Mayhem Ink specializes in bad boss assassinations, and they’re pretty good at taking out the good, jovial ones too.
“We go for the throat,” explains Donna Brayshaw, one of three actors who founded the company last fall.
Working together for the past 15 years or so, local actors Brayshaw, Patricia Burns and Frank Takacs noticed a lot of talent in the Okanagan goes largely unnoticed, not to mention unpaid, by the many corporations who circle local resorts for conferences and meeting dates looking for something for their guests to do.
Like bloodhounds to a crime scene, they could smell opportunity and formed a private murder mystery writing company to fill the void.
“We thought, lets give Okanagan actors something they can dig into, lets get them out there and get some bookings for them,” said Brayshaw.
From Viva Musica, to Kelowna Actor’s Studio to Theatre Kelowna Society productions, Brayshaw said she’s had parts with them all but knows many local actors just don’t get regular work and, thus, don’t get to share their talents anywhere near as often as they should.
Bouncing off the Max Haines boxed murder mystery idea, the group came up with its own formula, bringing people in and out through the event and asking participants to solve the mystery from the conversations that have occurred during the night.
“We have this wonderful, huge death scene,” said Brayshaw. “We bring in a coroner and there’s lots of blood.”
There’s also a good deal of inside jokes. The troupe interviews their victim/employer very thoroughly before sitting down to write, and this, of course, is where it will get ugly for the bosses.
The company is currently looking for actors to join the troupe. Brayshaw said they’re really looking for people who can think on their feet and ad lib when necessary.
“We like to describe what we do as ‘structured improv,’ so we need actors who can roll with the punches,” she said.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. For details and to register for the audition, call Donna at 250-575-5711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.