Break out your fedoras, beads and boas for Chemainus Legion musical

The Chemainus Legion is staging a roaring twenties whodunit musical comedy, an interactive murder mystery with a cabaret flare, this April.

The Chemainus Legion is presenting a roaring twenties whodunit musical comedy April 19-22. The murder mystery

The Chemainus Legion is presenting a roaring twenties whodunit musical comedy April 19-22. The murder mystery

It’s time to dig out those old fedoras, beads and boas for a night of classy dames, greasy gangsters and a little bit of the Charleston.

The Chemainus Legion will be staging a roaring twenties whodunit musical comedy, an interactive murder mystery with a cabaret flare, this April.

“It’s going to be so exciting, and it’s full of fun and full of comedy,” said director Dawn Adams.

The murder mystery is set in an old-fashioned speakeasy in the 1920s.

“It’s the end of the war, people are happy, skirts are shorter and it’s party time,” said scriptwriter Gail O’Hara. “The main character, Mugsy Malone, has just been released from Sing Sing prison, and it’s a celebration for his release.”

The 25-member cast will sing and entertain the night away, and, with the help of show choreographer Alma Hughes, attendees will have the option of participating in the ‘Mambo Italiano’ dance.

Show attendees are encouraged, but not required, to dress up in 1920s attire.

“Their experience will start as soon as they walk in the door because they’ll be greeted by gangsters,” said O’Hara. “They’ll have to have a password to get in.”

Michael Pickard joins the cast as show emcee and Mugsy’s suspiciously shifty right hand man (also known as ‘RH’).

Tickets are already on sale now though the Legion, Chemainus 49th Parallel Grocery and Chemainus Foods for $25 each, and they are going quickly. The ticket cost covers both the buffet meal and the performance.

The show will take place April 19-21 at 7 p.m. (cocktails start at 5 p.m.).  A matinee performance will take place Sun., April 22 at 3 p.m., with cocktails starting at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 250-246-4532 (mornings) or 250-246-3133 (after 2 p.m.).

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