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South Brunswick: Education Foundation Serves Up Dessert, With A Side Of ‘Murder’

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Some 130 attendees enjoyed several dessert choices and witnessed a ‘whodunit’ at the Doubletree Hotel on Route 1 Saturday night to raise money for the Education Foundation of South Brunswick.

“This was a great evening with tremendous support from the community,” Education Foundation President Martin Abschutz said. “It was our first murder mystery and I think everyone had a great time.”

The fundraising event, along with several others scheduled each year, helps the foundation gain funding for some $126,540 in scholarships and grants for the district.

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On this evening, those in attendance were treated to dessert and an interactive murder mystery performance by Without a Cue Productions of Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

The group has been performing dinner theater mysteries in the Philadelphia area since 2002, according to its website, producing more than 30 shows and performing them more than 1,700 times.

On this night, it was a murder during the fictional “Wetfield High School Class of 1986 20-year reunion.”

Football team captain, practical joker and all-around bully, Dexter Handley (Ian Quirk), is summarily dispatched after showing up at the reunion much to the chagrin of other classmates (Ariana Ballerini, Zack Mentz and Jen Jaynes), the school Principal Graves (Rick Deacon) and janitor T.F. Murray (Neil Prussel).

Throughout the two acts, separated by a dessert intermission, the stories of these characters intermingle with flashbacks, musical numbers and dance routines until the killer is unmasked.

Audience members help the cast relive some of their past moments and expose a variety of plot points during the evening as well as taking part in group dances and activities.

Attendees were encouraged to dress in proper 1980s attire, and several did, giving the evening a nostalgic touch.

(Editor’s Note: If you are expecting to find out the killer’s identity here, there will be no spoilers. You will have to attend one of the performances yourself.)

"The Education Foundation held an absolutely fantastic Murder Mystery event to help raise funds for grants and scholarships for the South Brunswick School District,” Board of Education member Azra Baig said. “The Fatal Reunion production took everyone back to the '80's and was very entertaining, full of laughs and kept everybody guessing who the murderer is."

Several district employees and foundation supporters attended the event including Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jellig and his wife and board member Barry Nathanson.

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