Music editor was the theme for daughter on this special recording

Whodunit Murder Mystery Frames the Piano Player. Fun, fun, fun! There’s never a dull moment in the Sarasota theater scene. That’s true even at  a Catholic retreat in the wilderness. It is called Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Retreat and Spirituality Center.  Sponsor of the murder mysteries is the  Florida Studio Theater. Click on their website. Link is below. They are one of the  major theatrical venues in Sarasota.

Whodunit Backfires on the Piano Player

I thought it would brilliant to play Chopin’s Funeral March right after the bad news came to the bride. It has the same rhythm Wagner’s Bridal Chorus. My mistake was I smiled. Oops!

The all star cast included Will Luera, Darryl Knapp, Steve Turrisi, Kathryn Parks, Angel Parker, and Tanner Sands. My daughter, Kathryn,  asked me to play the “Speakeasy” part of the evening. Kathryn and I performed from 6-7 pm. Great Gatsby era numbers were emphasized by us. The selections also included a number of George Gershwin arrangements that I made with my soprano wife, Sharon.  The murder mystery included a setting of a bride and groom. The groom has an unfortunate end right before the ceremony.

Here’s how it impacted me: The FST cast thought that as long as I’m there, why don’t I play the bridal chorus by Richard Wagner.  The show made use of improvisation on the spot. When the bride screams because of her groom’s demise, I suddenly started playing Chopin’s Funeral March. The audience, in context of the play, thought it quite humorous. Unfortunately, it had an unplanned side effect. Everyone had to fill out a ballot designating who they thought poisoned the groom. As I walked backed to the table where I had been seated, numerous people pointed to me. Then, to my shock, most of the guests wrote that I did the groom in. In fact, that was the deed of someone in the cast.  However, everyone, cast and audience loved the fact that my touch of humor threw a curve into what otherwise could have been a more predictable evening.  Needless to say, I was both shocked and amused at the results.  I hadn’t had so much fun in quite a while.  Let FST open up new worlds to you. After all, what’s life all about?

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