A typical Murder Mystery Theater gives clues to the audience and leaves dinner guests guessing whodunnit, with what weapon and why. But this annual mystery theater, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana, gives prizes for each correct guess. “Killer Reunion, Murder at the Class Reunion,” written by Bill Scurato, was held Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16, and was it ever a thriller. Poor Stanley Kissbutter (played by DNR secretary Scott Angelle) was gasp…murdered — just before dinner was served to the sold-out house. Kissbutter was one of those over-achievers in life, a real mover and shaker. He had even received an award with his talent group that performed at the reunion, Dianna Roger and the Sucrets. Luckily, another classmate, Conchita Bonita (Mella Lowry Viera) was there to interrogate everyone in the room. And sure enough, those no good Resters, Randy (Ben Berthelot) and his two-bit cheering wife Sissy (Lisa Colomb) were caught red handed. Local celebrities in the crowd were mocked throughout the play. Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, for example, brought husband, Coach “Johnny Comb-over” as her date to the reunion. I think the entire room laughed, except for Kathleen. In an effort to win some lovely gifts, everyone participated by attempting to guess the murderer, the weapon used and the motive; Party Girl held her tongue until the silent auction, though. I wanted to be sure to win the prize I’d had my eye on all night. Besides, we had a schedule to keep. Meeting the cast was a fun experience for Party Girl; other cast members were Susie Brunet, Michelle Fontenot, Greg Gossen, Debbie Mills, Fred Mills, Doug Spisak and Erin Spisak. On closing night, it was especially exciting to hear them already fired up with ideas for next year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters fund-raiser.
Party On! — PG
State Sen. Mike Michot, Raymond Blanco and Tyron Picard
Kathy and Pete Piccione
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”