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Who Poisoned His Meatball? Find out next week

NWSS drama company offers dinner theatre fun

New Westminster Secondary School’s senior theatre company is serving up a quirky dinner theatre entrée in Luigi’s Italian Kitchen.

Twenty-four Grade 11 and 12 students in the high school’s theatre company class will be performing Who Poisoned His Meatball? on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. The dinner theatre performances take place in Luigi’s Italian Kitchen (a.k.a. the Massey cafeteria), where attendees will dine on spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad and garlic bread, coffee, tea and dessert – while watching this whodunit unfold before them. 

“When arrogant businessman Nero Sharpe dies suddenly after eating a meal at Luigi’s Italian restaurant, everyone asks, ‘Who poisoned his meatball?’ Staff members, customers, and family members begin a comedic exploration of whodunit? to determine who could benefit from Nero’s untimely demise,” said a synopsis of the play. “Was it the salad chef? Was it Luigi? Nero’s wife? Or could it have been Nero’s mistress? Join in the fun as the quirky characters go back in time to retrace their steps as they work to reveal the facts of this entertaining mystery.”

NWSS students are hoping to serve up an entertaining evening to a full house. The 24 students in the class have been divided into two casts, with one group performing on Monday and the other on Tuesday.

Frances Monteleone teaches the higher-level senior acting class where students learn about all aspects of a production, including creating and writing scripts, sourcing and making props, advertising, directing, and fundamental acting skills. Monteleone has always wanted to do dinner theatre, and the opportunity came to life this year through the support of grants from the parent advisory council.

“The students have been working diligently and would love to perform for an audience,” said Mantellone in an email to parents. “The play is quirky, comedic and sure to entertain.”

Tickets are $20 (including dinner) and are available in advance online at or at the NWSS Pearson office 604-517-6220.