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
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.