On Wednesday February 12th, the Culinary Arts and the Theatre Arts at County Prep, once again collaborated and created an afternoon of mystery, fun and delicious cuisine. While the actors performed an improvisational mystery theatre play entitled “As the Beads Drop…. Mystery at Mardi Gras”, the audience enjoyed a three course French inspired meal planned by Chef Kevin Collins, and prepared and presented in a most elegant and professional way by his student crew led by team Maître D’ Soniya Patel and Danasia Johnson.
The dinner invitations were sent by Madeline Broussard, played by Crystal Jahoor, who by tradition has been hosting a Royal Court Party for the Krewe of Pantheon, a long standing Carnival organization in New Orleans, Louisiana. The guests hit the scene in outrageous Mardi Gras fashion and enjoyed a relaxing appetizer hour full of challenging trivia. With the exception of a few scuffles between catty guests, the party continued as entirely divine! Madeline Broussard got the party rolling by serving a delicious meal as she hosted an entertaining Fantastic Movie Challenge, which was won by Team M&M . As the play advanced the mysteries deepened and the audience found itself fully engaged in the solving of an intricate but hilarious mystery.
Other students who participated in the Mardi Gras Royal Court Party were: Salma Abdalla, Mouhamadou Dabo, Kaitlyn Gearst, Yassmine Elkayal, Jessica Jardin, Giovanni Privitera, Emil Quidit, Jonathan Dunn, Thalia Velez (Culinary Arts) and Valerie O’Higgins, Juan Ferreira, Kailyn Vasquez, Samantha Killion, Crystal Yahoor, Wally Villanueva, Adam Hassan, Alexia Velasquez, Steven Suarez, Chris Gawron, Joshua Dunn, and Flora Keim (Theatre Arts).
Ms. Raluca Shields organized and directed the Mystery Dinner. Her belief regarding the goal in this collaboration is to allow the students to experience working both as theatre performers in Mystery Dinner theater, and as servers and Maître D in a catering setting. More so, the event was organized as a fundraiser for the Theatre Arts Department. Last but not least, it was an opportunity to entertain our audience who was delighted with the talent and professionalism of all of our students.
Principal Barbara Mendolla congratulates the students and advisors on the success of their theatrical performance which has become an annual event.
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