The cast of “Dessert Theater,” from. left Jared Lennon, Linda Duarte, Phil Chin, Karyn Diamond, Nate Levesque, David Wallace, Beth Saufler, Shirley Bernier and Dorothy Shull rehearse for the upcoming production set for April 19 and 20 at he First Parish Church Hall in Freeport. Submitted photo

Freeport Players presents a murder mystery “dessert theater” presentation of “Murder at the Pie Auction,” by Michael Druce, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at the First Parish Church Hall in Freeport.

After years of trying unsuccessfully, the small town of Mynute, Alaska, finally lands the famous Mother Mabel’s Pie-Baking Competition and Auction — but it was due to a typo mistaking Mynute for Minot. The contest looks to be a disaster with no media or publicity. To add to the tension, one of the contestants is writing a tell-all book about the seamy side of competitive pie baking. Making matters even worse, just hours before the competition begins, the pie judge goes missing. Has he been murdered? And what about a missing celebrity baker? With an ample serving of motive and all the right ingredients for murder, this is the perfect dessert theater recipe for big laughs, outrageous characters, some surprises, and hilarious audience participation.

The director is Linda Duarte, and the cast are Dorothy Shull, Beth Saufler, Karyn Diamond, David Wallace, Nate Levesque, Shirley Bernier, Nancy Kenneally, Jared Lennon, and Phil Chin. Producer is Judy Lloyd.

Freeport Players is a community-based nonprofit organization that runs on volunteer labor and provides a variety of theatrical performances and theater-based opportunities to adults and children with the purpose of building a lively community through creative endeavors that build skills, enrich, inform, and entertain. For more information, visit fcponline.org.

Ticket price of $28 includes snacks/appetizers, an array of homemade desserts, and coffee/tea. BYOB for alcoholic drinks. Tickets will be available only in advance at fcponline.org. Tickets are not expected to be available at the door. Guests can indicate online who they want to sit with at the event.

The First Parish Church Hall is located in the downstairs of the building at 40 Main St., Freeport.

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