Third return for Tiki Murder Mystery Dinner

Paul Lyman/Staff Writer

The Del-Mar Drama Program is putting on its’ third annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater show.

The Director of the show is assistant professor Carl Yowell. The murder mystery is a special fundraiser by the department and will have four shows taking place in February and March.

Professor Yowell says, “Over the years, the Drama Program has periodically produced plays as fundraisers for the program. This is one of them. It’s also a different experience for the students participating onstage and backstage to have dinner service integrated into a live theater production,” said Yowell. 

Yowell has been involved in a number of productions during his tenure as a professor. “I am in my sixteenth year as a faculty member, so I estimate that I have been involved in over 60 productions of varying types and styles. But I’m only part of a team, the entire Drama faculty is involved in productions,” said Yowell.

Any students enrolled in DMC or any Drama students who need to fulfill their curriculum are encouraged to participate, and students participating can audition as actors or join the stage crew, who build the sets and run the shows.

The other performances to be shown this semester are two UIL One-Act plays that will take place April 10, with the last UIL performance on April 21. Both of these contests will be open to the public and will involve DMC students, along with students from different schools in the Corpus Christi region.

The Drama Department will also play host to two spring showcases towards the end of the semester, on May 8 and 9. These shows will display the talents within the department consisting of make-up, costumes and special effects.

The second show will have the students display their work on projects from this past school semester.

The murder mystery shows will be held at the Center for Economic Development on Staples St., on February 24 and 25.  The following two showings will be on March 2 and 3.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30, followed by the show at 7 p.m.  Tickets will go on sale soon at the Richardson Auditorium box office for $25, which includes dinner and then dessert to be served during intermission.

For more information or ticket reservations call 698-2226 or go online at

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