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Mystery Theatre Unlimited Uncorks ‘Popguy the Sailor Man’

The cast of Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s dinner theatre show “Popguy the Sailor Man” ring in the New Year Tuesday night at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville. Cast members include, Dustin Heavilin as Gimpy, Evan Oslund as Bruto, Brenden Sheehen as Popguy, Meghan Ross as Olive Mohel and Butch Maxwell as the Sea Nag.

STEUBENVILLE — A unique way to celebrate New Year’s Eve is offered by Froehlich’s Classic Corner at 501 Washington St., Steubenville, as Mystery Theatre Unlimited brings to the restaurant its hilarious show “Popguy the Sailor Man.”

The original musical-comedy murder mystery satire will be presented as a dinner theatre performance beginning at 7 p.m. and concluding around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 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,” noted owner Greg Froehlich. “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.”

In the original parody show, the iconic tough seafarer (played by Brenden Sheehen) has disappeared. His hamburger-loving friend, Gimpy (portrayed by Dustin Heavilin), has moved into his house and his girlfriend, Olive Mohel (played by Megan Ross), is about to marry his rival, Bruto (portrayed by Evan Oslund). Also in the cast is Butch Maxwell, who plays the villain Sea Nag.

When Poguy suddenly returns, it all leads to a fight to the finish — with or without spinach. Along the way, several parodies of popular songs sprinkle in more comedy.

Several audience members will be chosen to play small parts in 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 itself, call Froehlich’s Classic Corner at 740-283-9901.

Private party information is available by calling 304-280-8681.

For more information, see www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com.

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