Fresh off their Canberra Area Theatre Award win, Cowra's Musical Society (M&D) is bringing their production of Todd Wallinger's 'The Butler Did It' to the stage this weekend.
Set to run at Cowra Civic Centre on Friday, March 28, at 8pm, and Saturday, March 29, at 2pm, 'The Butler Did It' is a fast-paced murder mystery comedy with an ensemble cast.
When a wisecracking but loyal butler being accused of murdering a womanising cad, he's forced to try to figure out who the real culprit is - all while tied to a chair.
Honoured at the prestigious CAT Awards for their work folding Cowra's youth drama ensemble YAMA into their 2013 production of 'Pride and Prejudice', their latest production combines a seasoned cast with younger members of the M&D, including Cassandra Bird in her directorial debut.
"'The Butler Did It' appealed to me because it's such a funny and interesting story. It really leaves the audience guessing until the end and I could see the M&D being able to put it on successfully," Ms Bird said.
"Taking on the role of director has been a difficult one. There have been many challenges to overcome but the cast members have all been really supportive and helpful. The production is shaping up to be an amazing show."
Featured in the production are M&D veterans Lawrance Ryan and Jenny Friend, recently nominated at the CAT Awards for their portrayal of the frazzled Mrs Bennett and long suffering Mr Bennett in 'Pride and Prejudice'.
"People will enjoy 'The Butler Did It' because it's such an entertaining play. It's a comedy and murder mystery with hints of romance and drama all rolled into one. The audience will be kept laughing and guessing until the very end."
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for concessions; and are available through Browse-A-While Books in Kendal Street.
The production is also set to run a dinner theatre show at Billimari Hall on April 4 and 5 at 6.30pm for a 7pm meal.
Prices for the Billimari show are $40 for adults, $35 for concession and $30 for group bookings of 25 plus.