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Deadly game show strikes Encore cast

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‘Win, Lose or Die!’ to hit stage next weekend in Beverly Hills

By Special to the Chronicle

For its last show of the 2012 season, Encore Ensemble is taking another murder mystery written by Eileen Moushey and adding their trademark blend of comedy and music in “Win, Lose, or Die!” for its dinner theater presentation on the first weekend of December. 

Performances will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Beverly Hills Lions Club, 72 Civic Circle, in Beverly Hills. Tickets for “Win, Lose or Die!” including dinner are $25. Seating is by reservation only, so call ahead of time. For additional information or to reserve tickets, call the Encore Ensemble Box Office at 352-212-5417. 

The show centers on contestants in a game called Lyrical Pursuit, an equivalent of “Name That Tune” or “Singing Bee.” Host Sparky Duke invites audience members to challenge the current Lyric King, Furlong Shemp, for the title. But before the show is over, someone winds up very dead. 

The dinner theater turns into a classic whodunit. Could it be Sparky’s glamorous assistant, Daisy, or the disgruntled ex-champ? Or is there something about the sponsor that doesn’t quite ring true?

The show is “voluntary” audience participation and Encore is hopeful patrons will join in the singing. Hits in the show will be from The Beatles, Elvis, Barry Manilow and others. 

“The feedback we get constantly from our patrons is that they love the music and would like more,” Encore Vice President Mike Shier II said. “We always try to choose songs that the audience will be familiar with and hope that it just adds to their whole experience.”

Cast members of “Win, Lose, or Die!” are:  Tom Danowski as the announcer, Mike Shier Sr. as game show host Sparky Duke, Ted Taylor as Lucky Puck, Brittany Shier as Lyrical Pursuit Cue Card Girl, Laura Radecki as Show Hostess Daisy DeCarlo, Ashley Kisner as Judy Dawson, Mike Shier II as current show champion Furlong Shemp and Pam Schreck as show sponsor Del Spiggins.

“In my opinion, this is also one of the funniest shows we’ve done,” Director and Encore President Mike Shier said.