Murder on the rails a hit

The Kettle Valley Steam Train’s Murder on the Rails has been so successful, they’ve added one more on Friday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m.

Blackmail, betrayal and murder unfold while you ride the historic Kettle Valley steam train.

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway and Summerland Singers and Players have sold out all three showings of their Murder on the Rails: The Case of the Mondello Crime Family featuring gangsters, wise guys, goombas and pickpockets.

“We’ve sold out every show so we added one last one and there are still some seats left,” said Gerry Conrad, Kettle Valley Railway Society’s director at large.

“Last summer was our first time putting a murder mystery performance on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway and it was so well received that we decided to do it again, but with a whole new script,” said Conrad.

They’ve had really good feedback from the first two sell-out shows.

This performance is set in the roaring ‘30s, when trains were the most common form of transportation.

“Where else in Canada can you watch a play unfold while riding in a heritage steam train? It’s such a unique experience to be part of,” Conrad added.

If you do decide to join them for an adventure aboard the Kettle Valley Stream Railway for a classic ‘who done it’ mystery performance, it’s followed by a buffet meal served back at the train station.

“The big reveal of who dunnit will take place on the tracks while people are enjoying their meal,” he said. “It’s dinner theatre aboard a moving train where the cast mingle among the passengers and everyone sees the same show played out in each car.”

Writing a script for a show that is on a moving train is much different than writing a play that will be performed on a permanent stage, said script writers Sean McNutt and Anna Lock.

Not only are the pair talented playwrights, they are also experienced train workers.

McNutt is a steam engineer and Lock has been a brakesman on the KVSR for nearly 12 years.

Lock said the play has lots of comedy and action.

“There are a lot of funny lines in it. If you are a fan of the genre, you’ll pick up on a lot of the movie references like from the Good Fellas,” she said.

Tickets are on sale for $59 at the KVSR website or by telephone at 1-877-494-8424 or at the train station at 18404 Baithville Road.

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