First vittles, then villains

Something very noble, conniving, and evil is happening at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. The curtain is coming up on this summer’s Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre production, The Mystery of Dutch Charlie.

Something very noble, conniving, and evil is happening at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. The curtain is coming up on this summer’s Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre production, The Mystery of Dutch Charlie.

Written and directed by local playwright Peter Blacklock, the play is set in 1885, a busy time as the railroad is coming through the province.

The City of Salmon Arm has not yet been established and one of the few buildings is Dutch Charlie’s Gambling House and Brewery, located at what will become the corner of Fourth and Lakeshore.

Blacklock adds his flair for music and drama to local history, creating an evening of fun the whole family will enjoy.

Susan Mackie, R.J. Haney Heritage Village’s visitor services co-ordinator says local actors Lisa Body, Haley McDonnell, Levin Chamberlain, and Nicholas McKee have captured the characters and are sure to keep audiences thrilled.

Before the show, enjoy a home-cooked dinner with all the pioneer fixings and served from Marjorie’s Tea Room. Delicious rhubarb crisp is the grand finale to the meal and area residents are invited to share rhubarb from their own gardens to ensure there is a good supply all summer.

If you would like to donate some rhubarb, drop it off to Marlene in Marjorie’s Tea Room Wednesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It would be a big help if it was cut and in freezer bags,” says Mackie.

The Mystery of Dutch Charlie opens Sunday, July 3, with shows running Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings until Aug. 26.

Reservations are a must. Tickets are  $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $14 for children.

For more information call 250-832-5243, visit the website at www.salmonarmmuseum.org or find them on Facebook.