Cougar Cafe Becomes Dinner Theater

April 20, 2018


by Len Lathrop

In a restaurant known as Lah-Weeeeee!-Gi’s a short distance from the Knotting Community College the play “An All You Can Murder Buffet” by 2018 Brooklyn Publishers LLC, written by Marissa DeYoung, Sabrina Salay, Hannah Singleton, Matt Steele and Mike Steele, came to life in the Campbell Cafeteria Saturday and Sunday to a sold-out and well-fed audience. Cougar senior Jacob Butler worked with Social Studies teacher Justin Ballou to make this his senior project. Speaking with Ballou before the second show, he had nothing but praise for Butler and thanks for all the folks that came together to build sets overnight on Friday after a sports practice in the cafeteria, to the Friends of Campbell Performing Art for supporting the performances and making the food happen, and to all those who donated.

The play is a drama about murder; it starts with a fundraiser by the Whales cheerleading team of the Knotting Community College, but it seems the event is plagued by a major snowstorm and road closures, then the murder of a cheer team and the questioning of those held up at the restaurant, and the hope of a mystery guest showing up to make the fundraiser a success – on Sunday the mystery guest was one Shawn McDonough. With a comical approach, the audience was kept laughing throughout with what must have been ad libs from the actors and comments that related to the high school and the town of Litchfield. The murderer was revealed at the end after extensive questions and interactions of the case.

Butler, in his last drama club performance at Campbell with several other senior members of the drama team, exchanged flowers after the play. Butler is headed to SNHU after graduation from Campbell to study graphic arts and his love of theater.