Spend New Year’s Eve at ‘My Big Fat Reality Wedding’

Cast members of “My Big Fat Reality Wedding” include, from left: Meghan Ross, Butch Maxwell, Vera Barton-Maxwell, Dustin Heavilin (pictured is former cast member Ryan Sears) and Evan Oslund (pictured is former cast member Michael Moran).

  A unique way to celebrate New Year’s Eve is offered by Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville, as Mystery Theatre Unlimited brings to the restaurant its hilarious show “My Big Fat Reality Wedding.”

The original musical-comedy murder mystery satire will be presented as a dinner-theater performance beginning at 7 p.m. and concluding around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. 

“This is a great way to celebrate early in the evening and then have your options open for the rest of the night,” owner Greg Froehlich said. “You can eat a great meal, see a wonderful interactive comedy show and then you can go to a party, or go home or bring in the new year at Froehlich’s where we have light musical entertainment from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.”

The story focuses on controversial filmmaker Michael Moron (played by Evan Oslund) as he makes his desparate attempt to create another hit reality TV show. His most recent show was canceled after it lost its star to elective office.

Among the subjects of his lens is the daughter of the old-money debutante his Mary Sweeny Todd Kerry (portrayed by Dustin Heavilin), who most people affectionately call “Snooty.”

Also in the producer’s frame are the groom and his mother, Tammy Cash (played by Vera Barton-Maxwell).

Formerly a resident of the Happy Valley Trailer Park, Cash has twice won the West Virginia Lottery and is now extraordinarily rich.

Her sudden wealth juxtaposed with her down-home country roots horrify Snooty. 

Also in the wedding party is Maid of Honor Ashley Hanna Brittany (portayed by Meghan Ross). She is deeply angry about always being the bridesmaid, and never the bride, but see potential of fame from being on a reality TV show.

As the show begins on the night of the wedding rehearsal, Kerry’s minister is unexpectedly unable to perform the ceremony, so Cash brings in her preacher, the unconventional Reverend Moonbeam Asparagus (played by Butch Maxwell).

He espouses a religion that worships vegetables, promotes eating only meat, and seeks enlightenment from chemicals. 

As pressures heightens under the bright lights of the camera crew, a central character suffers a comic yet mysterious death, but not until after a lot of broad comedy and a selection of song parodies.

Several audience members will be chosen to play small parts in the show, including the bride and groom.

Other audience members will offer suggestions for improvised elements of the show. All audience members are encouraged to gather and share clues and to question suspects.

Most of the characters will interact with the audience in an unscripted pre-show mingle.

The Wheeling-based ensemble has been writing and performing original comedy murder mysteries since 1996.

Performances include audience interaction and the opportunity to solve a murder mystery, along with a full dinner, and take place in a dining room, with actors moving among the tables.

For reservations, which include a three-course meal and the show, call Froehlich’s Classic Corner at 740-283-9901.

Froehlich’s is located at 510 Washington St., Steubenville.

  For more information, visit www.MysteryTheatre Unlimited.com.