Add some suspense to your summer and join Charleston Harbor Tours for a weekly Murder Mystery Cruise. Each Wednesday evening, guests are transported to the 1920s. Andrew Wheeler owns a Prohibition-era speakeasy called Old Hickory, and to fool the cops, he is re-opening offshore aboard The Carolina Queen. Enjoy suspense, intrigue and a few laughs as the mystery unfolds.
How did you get involved in theater?
I’ve been involved in theater in some way since I was 14 years old. About seven years ago, I realized that it was time to take the plunge and make it my full-time career. I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity and creative genius of the other artists I work with, blown away by their dedication and talent. Theater is a deeply collaborative art and that is very exciting to me. I love watching a group of individual artists meld into a team as we work to develop our best possible production.
Why do you love mystery theater?
It’s liberating to embrace the silliness, the tongue-in-cheek fun of the characters and the storyline. I love to see the audience engage their imaginations and get into the backstories of the characters – these shows give adults permission to play “make believe” for a little while, and the results are wonderful!
What’s your favorite mystery character, show, play?
I always loved those ridiculous chase scenes in “Scooby-Doo” cartoons. I think I learned a lot about timing, surprise and physical comedy from that show. More than once, I’ve referenced those scenes in a rehearsal.
What’s the one thing you love about Charleston?
The diversity! It’s really wonderful how one city can nurture and appreciate such a wide range of cultures and histories. For someone who tells stories for a living, it’s inspiring.
What you hope people are thinking about seeing a mystery cruise performance:
“Who did it?” of course! And I hope they are having a good time. That’s what everyone on this team is working for.
The Murder Mystery Cruise is from 8-9:30 p.m. each Wednesday (board at 7:30 p.m.). Cost is $29.95 for adults. Book online or call 888-224-5037.