Giveaway: Date Night at Tableside Dinner Theater!

tablesideWho’s up for a Great Date Night or Girls’ Night Out?

If you just raised your hand (Me, Me, Me!), we’ve got just the thing for  you: two tickets to see Tableside Theater’s  “Murder on the Oriental Rug” at Corona’s restaurant in Rogers on Oct. 19th! The show can best be described as an interactive Clue murder mystery. How fun is that?

Tableside offers the whole “dinner theater” experience so no need to eat before the show. The winner and her guest will enjoy great buffet meal while there.

Tableside’s shows are held at various local restaurants, including Corona’s,  Tavola, Acoustic Mud and Flaps Down Grill. Another super cool detail: The Oct. 19th show will benefit  Healing Hands of Mercy Massage Foundation, which offers massage therapy for those in need who suffer from pain and illness. (Click here to buy tickets at HHMMF.)

ABOUT THE PLAY: “Murder on the Oriental Rug” is a play within a play. When half of the cast of Murder on the Oriental Rug bails out, the remaining performers are stuck playing all the roles. During the first act, you’ll meet a Shakespearean actor with a drinking problem, a washed-up former child star, a bimbo with a short memory, and a hapless costumer who finds herself onstage — playing a man.

During the “play within a play” you’ll visit the exclusive clinic of Dr. Charles Ovary, renowned hot flash specialist who’s secretly treating a famous actress trying desperately to regain her youth. You’ll get to know the doctor’s clueless wife, his passionate female protégé, the actress’s hunky husband, a flighty French maid, a shifty handyman, and an inspector investigating the dead body on the Oriental rug.

Will the play make it to Broadway? Will the performers remember their lines? Will the Shakespearean actor fit into the maid’s costume? Will the chalk outline come out of the rug? Will the inspector solve the murder? Will another murder occur?

Before the evening’s over, someone else will be ruthlessly murdered, and it’s up to the audience to solve the crime. Prizes will be awarded to the first people who correctly guess the murder and motive.

Pamela Marks
Pamela Marks

ABOUT TABLESIDE THEATER: Pam Marks, a Northwest Arkansas mom of four daughters, created Tableside Theater with the hopes of bringing theater to new places. She has an affection for community theater that started over 20 years ago and has many talented friends who write, act, direct, and are passionate about sharing their love of the stage, wherever that stage may be.

Pam and her husband, Darryl, owned and operated a restaurant just off Melrose in Los Angeles, where they offered music, art exhibits, mystery dinner theatre and other entertainment.

The Tableside Theatre shows are a combination of locally written plays by a talented team of authors and nationally recognized scripts that fit flexibility when it comes to staging. Rehearsals are at Tableside’s studio and turn-around time, from idea to performance, can be in a matter of days. Tableside likes to keep fresh and current material in front of its audience.

The company’s talented, creative writing team works in a fun, energetic atmosphere with an equally talented group of actors where improvisation is a very natural part of the process. Actors occasionally pull the audience into the act.

Note from the mamas: Keep in mind that Tableside Theater’s talented writers and cast are available for private parties and corporate events. If you want a unique Christmas party that includes a great show, give Pam a call at 479-381-5149.

HOW TO ENTER:If you’d love to win the two show tickets (with dinner!) just click on the comment button below and tell us what role YOU would most likely play in a show like this: actress, choregorapher, writer, technical director, makeup designer or director? This is all hypothetical, not necessarily something you’ve ever done before, so feel free to say what you would love to do! 🙂

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES: If you’d like to increase your chances of winning the tickets, send your fiends an email about this giveaway and CC us! The email is giveaways{at}nwamotherlode{dot}com.

FOR MORE INFO and TO BUY TICKETS: If you want to be SURE to get tickets to see this encore performance of Murder on the Oriental Rug — or you want to bring a group of girlfriends — CLICK HERE to visit the Tableside Theater website to purchase tickets and get more information. You may also buy tickets through Healing Hands of Mercy Massage Foundation by clicking here.


  1. If I had a role in the play I would like to be behind the scenes in hair and makeup! This sounds so fun!

  2. I would love to be the director because just to have the actress and actors listen to me and how I tell them to express themselves with their heart and not their head would be amazing. WOULD LOVE TO GO!!!!!!

  3. I’d love to be an actress. I think it’d be so much fun! Though I don’t have acting experience really, so it’d have to be a minor role. 🙂

  4. Since it is purely hypothetical-I want to be the one who does the killing so I can pretend that it wasn’t me!

  5. I would want to be the costume designer, I am always fascinated with what actors get to wear, it would be fun to be apart of that process.

  6. I would love to be an actress. I’m a musician and I’ve been in the pit every summer for the past 19 years at the Arts Center of the Ozarks summer musical. I think it’s time I was back on stage!

  7. I would play an actress or a makeup artist…I can be dramatic when I want to be!! 🙂

  8. I think I just might want to be an actress in this play. Maybe get to play innocent even though I might be the murderer!

  9. If I could have a role with Tableside Theater it would have to be Pam’s personal assistant. 🙂 How can she ever keep her head with four daughters plus all these alternate personalities! This sounds like a super show!!!

  10. I had a small role in the locally filmed movie, The Valley Inn… And not have the “I love acting’ bug! Would live to be a part of this show!

  11. I’d be the director because I’m a wife and Mom so I’m not afraid to tell people what to do and how to so it. I get things done. I should win because I really need an evening off!!!

  12. Oh to be an Actress to feel the lights and smell the grease paints! Be be someone you are not for just a short amount of time to escape the real world !

  13. If I had to chose, I would like to be the actress. I think that would be so fun to become someone else for a little bit.

  14. Well I love to write, but at times I also love to ‘ham it up,’ and at other times I like to order people around, so…. could I dream up doing all 3?? hee hee

  15. I would be the director. I like to be in charge and I get almost anyone to do what I ask. It is hard to say no to me.

  16. Oh, ACTRESS!, by all means! One of my favorite things to do–stage, commercials, film, and a theatrical dinner like this would be a blast to attend orrr spectate!

  17. I write… All the time. I don’t know that I write well, but that’d be my most likely niche!

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