Murder’s masquerade |

Murder’s masquerade

SILVERTHORNE – Christmas celebrations begin weeks – even months – before the actual holiday, so why shouldn’t Halloween festivities?

The Silverthorne Pavilion starts the spooks 13 freaky days early – on Saturday – with its Halloween masquerade: “Murder at Macabre Manor.”

For one night, the pavilion transforms into an old English castle that hosts eight characters who draw guests into a comical who-done-it starring characters inspired by 1930s horror films.

The story unfolds as guests enter the pavilion-turned-castle for a costume party. The owner of the castle, George DuPree, moved a castle brick by brick from England to America, and he’s hosting a grand opening costume extravaganza.

But, some of his guests are a little spooky. The butler loses his manners on full moons. The secretary talks to ghosts. And the owner takes long walks at night, when, coincidentally, terrible things occur in the village. Oh, and did we mention his doctor is named Dr. Frank N. Stein?

“It’s got that Halloween spirit to it,” said Mike Stevens, co-owner of Red Herring Productions, which coordinates the theatrical event. “And if you remember the old movies, it will be even funnier.”

The cast of eight characters mingles with guests and drops clues throughout cocktail hour. The skits continue during the dinner buffet. After dinner, teams use their best sleuthing skills to name the murderer. The best – and worse – guesses win.

“Families really tend to enjoy these shows,” said Maggie Butler, Silverthorne Pavilion coordinator. “These actors actually spend more time interacting with the guests at their dinner tables than on stage. It’s so easy to get caught up in the plot. Before you know it, you are part of the show.”

Butler and the cast from Red Herring encourage guests to dress in costumes they would wear to a masquerade ball or Halloween party.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling (970) 262-7370.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at

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