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Wadena Madhatters finish out Elmer's BBQ melodrama dinner theatre

Elmer's BBQ Melodrama Dinner Theatre has entertained more than 1,500 audience members this summer and ticket-buyers have come from 18 different states, including Alaska!

But it's not over yet. The final dinner theatre production at Elmer's features a new acting troupe with a melodramatic take on a murder mystery play.

The Wadena Madhatters Community Theatre will make their Elmer's stage debut and present "Prescription: Murder," an entertaining "who-dunnit" well-known as being the pilot script for the long-running Columbo TV series. Think Peter Falk as a hero.

"We are giving our audience a chance to see a different type of show from a different theatre group," said Laura Johnson of the Fergus Falls Funtastics, producers of all the shows to date at Elmer's. "It's a great opportunity to attend a more traditional dinner theatre show from a company that's been doing theatre since 1954."

Madhatters director Michelle Curtis said they performed "Prescription: Murder" in Wadena last spring.

"We were challenged in producing this show again in a much smaller, intimate venue," she said. "Because Elmer's dinner theatre is now known for melodramas, our actors are enjoying the chance to create moments of audience interaction. Those who saw the spring show will see an entirely new production."

Fergus Falls and Wadena are the same distance from Elmer's BBQ (between Battle Lake and the city of Ottertail on Hwy 78), so the chance to share a stage is a natural, Johnson said. "Elmer's is another place for actors to showcase their talents."

The show runs through Sunday, Aug. 14. Patrons should arrive around 6 p.m. as they will enjoy interacting with characters from the show.

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