Tickets are on sale now for the dinner theater show "Seance," a comedy murder mystery piece.
Written by Eileen Moushey, the play is a "who dunnit?" that circles around Madame Zodiac, a world astrologer. Performed by the Sand Flea Players, the show calls on audience participation to help solve a crime. "Seance" is hosted by the Cape Coral Italian American Club and takes place at 8 p.m. July 20.
Director Anne Palmer oversaw on the same production about 10 years ago.
"I did it many years ago," she said. "It was light. People liked it."
The show is a good fit for the venue's layout and the style offers the actors flexibility.
"They like it because sometimes for one night a play is too much for them," she said, comparing a typical sit-and-watch show to the interactive approach that the "Seance" features.
"I think it is more alive," Palmer added of the troupe's newest piece.
The play will be performed by five actors, including the leading parts of Madame Zodiac and Officer Horace Cope. The actors have been rehearsing as best as possible, considering the missing audience.
"They have to get used to it to feel at ease with the people," she said.
Madame Zodiac is played by Cindi Heimberg and Officer Cope is played by John Coriell. The other actors are Bob Green as Taurus, Madame Zodiac's husband, Rebecca Carden as Gemini and Tom Ritti as Leo.
Prior to the performance, the Cape Coral Italian American Club will open for cocktails at 5 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity at that time to meet Madame Zodiac and her husband.
Cocktails will be followed by a dinner buffet at 6 p.m. Executive chef Kristopher Bailey, who formerly worked at The Edison, is employed by the venue full-time and prepares all of the menus and meals.
Dessert will be served during a 15-minute intermission.
Palmer expects that the audience will discuss the play thus far with those at their table.
"I hope that they will talk to each other," she said.
At the play's end, three audience members will win based on their guesses of "who dunnit."
Each winner will receive a prize.
Tickets are $39 per person and reservations are required.
Seating for the show is first come, first-served.
This is the second show put on at the Cape Coral Italian American Club by the Sand Flea Players, which was founded by Palmer. The first performance was "A Little Something for the Ducks."
"We had good success with the 'Ducks,' " she said.
There were about 172 tickets sold for the play, which was held in May.
"I was surprised," she said, adding that it was very well received.
The next show is planned for October.
To make a reservation for "Seance," call (239) 542-6515.
For more information, visit online: www.ccitalianamericanclub.com.
The Cape Coral Italian American Club is at 4725 Vincennes Blvd.