A royal whodunnit at Poison Ivy

WEST JORDAN — Though initially skeptical of the idea of a “murder mystery musical,” I found myself pleasantly surprised by Poison Ivy Mysteries’s production of Shadow of the King. My expectations were easily exceeded by this charming production, and while some elements could use a little bit of work, the experience, overall, was magical. Arriving in the venue, guests were greeted by the characters, and introduced to the plot: The Good King Victor of Eltheria has recently died, and the fate of the kingdom is unsure. King Victor’s three children, Prince Garrick (Jake Wilson), Prince Valor, and Princess Eldamira (Jamie Denison), all have valid claim to the throne and each feel as though they merit the crown. Mananan (Criss Rosenlof), wizard and ruling magistrate in the King’s absence, elects to devise a series of tests to test each royal heirin order to see who is most deserving of this great honor. However, some dastardly doings and subversive secrets lead to the untimely death of one of the heirs! It is the audience’s job to figure out whodunit and why. While I was put off by the location of the venue, the Jordanelle Reception Center’s interior quickly put any doubts at ease. It’s a spacious setting that, though not particularly elaborate,  was still pleasing and did not detract from the play itself. Rather than to create a distinct barrier between...

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