Dial M for Murder is HAAC production

C.A. Swann, a con-man with a criminal past, played by Scott Curran (left), visits with Tony Wendice, played by Dave Cook (right). Wendice is a washed up baseball player with a scheme for a very foul play in Frederick Knott’s “Dial M for Murder,” being performed at the former Humboldt Masonic Lodge, Nov. 9-10 and 12. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
People looking for suspense, intrigue and a good thrill will want to catch “Dial M for Murder,” a community theatre play being performed to benefit the arts through the Humboldt Area Arts Council.
The play is planned for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10 at 8 p.m., and a matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.
The play centers around former sports star Tony Wendice and his wife Margot, and their unraveling marriage. Tony hires an old college friend to murder his wife. The mystery ensues with the plot goes awry. Actors in the local production include Dave Cook, Jen Sestak, Ian Hadar, Scott Curran, Rex Daisy and Joe Hadar. Lincoln Mason is directing the production.
The venue will be the former Masonic Lodge building at 509 Sumner Ave. Mason has constructed a stage and set and the group has been rehearsing since early September.
Prior to the performance, the Humboldt Area Arts Council will be having a “Have a Heart for Art,” Happy Hour, from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10 and from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.
There will be free appetizers and drinks available for purchase during the social hour, and the happy hour is open to anyone, even if they do not have a ticket for the performance.
The social time will serve as a viewing period for items that will be part of the Have a Heart for Art online art auction. Bidding for the art items is online only beginning today, Thursday, Oct. 26, and ending at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. People signing up to bid will be notified via e-mail or text when they have been outbid, and if their final bid is accepted.
Proceeds from both the play and the Have a Heart for Art online auction are for promotion of the all of the arts in Humboldt County, including visual and performance arts and artists, community exhibits, events, scholarships and contributions to the arts in the local school systems.
Tickets for the play are $15 each and are available at both First State Bank and at Witz End prior to the performance dates.
“There is limited seating, so we really encourage the public to purchase their tickets in advance,” Mason said.
Seating inside the lodge will be festival style on a first come, first served basis. There is a small VIP seating area people can inquire about when they purchase their tickets.
Read more about the production in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

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