Sleuths wanted for interactive mystery ‘Knock Knock Who’s There?’ in Rosemount

“Knock Knock Who’s There?” cast members John Dinan, left, Anita Hoffman and Claire Ramsay rehearse Monday on the stage of the Steeple Center in Rosemount. (Photo submitted)
“Knock Knock Who’s There?” cast members John Dinan, left, Anita Hoffman and Claire Ramsay rehearse Monday on the stage of the Steeple Center in Rosemount. (Photo submitted)

The Second Act Players senior theater group is offering audiences a chance to put their sleuthing skills to the test.

The theater organization, part of the Rosemount Area Arts Council, will present “Knock Knock Who’s There?” April 6-7 at the Steeple Center.

The interactive murder-mystery will have audience members interrogating suspects to determine the culprit, with prizes — mystery books and DVDs — for those who are able to crack the case.

“Knock Knock Who’s There?” was written by Second Act Players artistic director Keith Reed. The play, he said, is similar to the shows he produces through his longtime business Mr. Mystery, which stages interactive murder-mysteries at casinos, VFW halls and other venues throughout the Twin Cities area.

“The cast is putting a lot of work into it and they’re having a lot of fun with it,” said Reed, who’s co-directing “Knock Knock Who’s There” with Charlotte Kodner. “I know the audience will have a lot of fun, too.”

The play opens at a senior-apartment building where a surprise birthday party is about to be held. The hostess hears a series of knocks at her door, but each time she goes to answer it, no one’s there. A phone call from the police informs her there’s an escaped convict on the loose. Guests at the party begin to suspect there’s a killer in their midst.

“They have to solve it because they can’t go outside, and their telephone is disabled,” Reed said. And for audience members interrogating the characters, “one of the intriguing aspects of it is that only the murderer can lie.”

“Knock Knock Who’s There?” is one of several shows the Second Act Players have planned in coming months. The group plans to stage a melodrama at Rosemount’s ArtBlast festival in June, followed in August by the premiere of “Club 210,” a full-length play written by Denis LaComb of Apple Valley.

The six-member cast of “Knock Knock Who’s There?” includes John Dinan, Susan Friedline, Anita Hoffman, Nancy Merrick, Claire Ramsay and Jim Westcott.

Tickets for the all-ages production are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children, and can be purchased on the arts council’s website at www.rosemountarts.com and at the door. Show time is 7 p.m. both nights. The Steeple Center is located at 14375 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount.