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Jim Johnson has been involved in theater since 2005, and has directed, produced, designed and acted in murder mysteries, as well as playing Marley's ghost in A Christmas Carol. Jim is currently co-scripting two new productions, Where the heck are my car keys? and Who took my wallet? He is delighted to be part of this very talented and creative group that presents entertaining, baffling and thoroughly enjoyable virtual murder mysteries.
Elizabeth Plotka-Heinen has been acting, singing, and dancing in Sheboygan County, WI, area theaters since 2006. A dancer since age three, Elizabeth has studied with the Milwaukee Ballet School, as well as with directors from California to New York City. Her favorite roles include Violet Peterson in It’s a Wonderful Life, and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Most recently, Elizabeth enjoyed playing the free spirited Martha in a local murder mystery dinner theatre production.
Amanda Shackelford has graced the stage of theatrical performances since she was a young girl at the age of eight and has performed in musicals, ballets, plays, and commercials. Her favorite role of all time is Squish, one of the merry murderesses in Chicago: The Musical. Amanda is the writer and facilitator of murder mystery party experiences for her company, Miranda Rites Productions with the "Usual Suspects Murder Mystery Experience" in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Susan Chambers Johnson has acted, sung, and danced in community theater productions in and around Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, since 2006. Comedic character roles are her specialty and include Mayor Matilda in All Shook Up and Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins. In 2017, Sue and her husband, Jim, began co-directing murder mysteries for a local dinner theater (as well as acting in many of them). Now she is dying to do a show for YOU!
John Rakestraw has spent over 35 years entertaining people, from one to 92+ years of age. In the guise of Master Detective Rakestraw, he writes and facilitates murder mysteries events in the Pacific Northwest. Plus, during the holiday season, John is in great demand by portraying the perfect Santa Claus. And as a bonus, he brings joy, happiness and fun to children of all ages when he sings, tells stories and plays music on his "brilliant Kazoo."
Amy Ressler has enjoyed theater since high school. She spent a number of years in community theater both as an actor and director. Favorites as an actor include To Kill a Mockingbird, Streetcar Named Desire, Faith County, All in the Timing, La Turista and The Curious Savage. As a director, she loves Alice in Wonderland and The Velveteen Rabbit. Amy has been a Mystery Party Pro since 2012, facilitating mystery parties in Texas.
Chris Fontaine has been acting since 2005 when he landed a role in a community theater production of The Sting. Since then he has appeared in over 50 productions realizing his childhood dream of being an actor. In addition to stage performances, his acting journey has brought him to such amazing opportunities as corporate videos, independent films, and murder mysteries. Chris looks forward to making people smile in every corner of the world.
Nate Press did his theatre training at Boston University's College of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. His relationship with the world of Murder Mystery began with "Caught In The Act," a troupe that staged whodunits. Nate also helped to develop playwright Neil Haven's Who Killed Santa?, the choose-your-own-ending Holiday Musical Murder Mystery. He has played the character of Frosty in all Milwaukee productions since it's world premiere in 2009.
Jordyn Stewart works as a professional actor with Kohl’s Wild Theater. Her favorite theatrical credits include Antonia in Bliss, or Emily Post is Dead, Jo March in Litle Women, and Ginette/Sandrine/Hope in Almost, Maine. When not performing, Jordyn enjoys sharing her love of theatre with the next generation, teaching acting classes online through Outschool.com. She started performing Murder Mysteries with Jack in April 2019 and loves it!
Peg Erbes has acted in community theatre, particularly in student-written productions, and writes, acts and docents for the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s Gothic History Tour. She’s fostered many acting careers over the 15 years she coached the award-winning Cedarburg High School forensics team. She’s a fan of Dorothy Sayers and every Sherlock Holmes pastiche she’s ever encountered. She firmly believes that the last step is to be a killer.
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Aimee Wiley has been acting in community and church theater for the past 11 years. Some of her roles have included: Lenny in Crimes of the Heart; Pilate's wife in an interactive Easter drama; Mary, the mother of Jesus; and a variety of characters (guilty and not) in Jack Pachuta's murder mysteries. Off stage, she's a wife and mother to five, school-age children, graduate student, administrative assistant, and freelance writer/editor.
Your interactive Murder Mystery Party will be expertly brought to life by our experienced troupe of nefarious performers. The cast will be selected to match the scenario and the suspects of the whodunit you select.
Amy Lilly facilitates mystery theater in libraries and on military bases in the Washington DC area. With over 15 years of experience planning large and small events for both children and adults, Amy is an avid fan of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. In fact, her childhood goal was to grow up to be Nancy Drew. Amy is also a mystery writer and the author of three mystery novels, Death is Long Overdue, Summer Reading is Killing Me, and Permanently Deleted.
Ben Johnson has performed in over 43 musicals, plays and operas over the past 14 years, ranging from community theater, to collegiate productions, to professional stage plays. His "whodunit" experience includes performing in the comedy, Murder Me Always and co-directing the Irish-themed mystery To Wake the Dead. His enthusiasm for acting is, perhaps, inherited from his parents, Jim and Susan, who are also part of our murder mystery troupe.
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Claire Andreasen has been performing in murder mysteries in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin area since 2016. Some of her assorted roles include Lady Lelu in Last Call at Chez Mort, Delores in Murder Me Always, and Clyde Barker in To Wake the Dead. She’s always up for any oddball characters‒the wackier, the better!‒and is thrilled to be part of the online action.