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The Oxymorons improv troupe recently returned to campus for an espionage-tinged Murder Mystery Dinner in the Mountain Laurel Room of Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. “Leap of Fate,” a fittingly named Student Engagement event held on February’s quadrennial extra day, involved a cadre of cutthroat spies clawing to the pinnacle of their profession. Chef Michael J. Ditchfield and three of his culinary arts technology students (Jacob G. Clarke, of Wilmington, Delaware; Keowa M. Clemens, of York; and Kaitlyn M. June, of Muncy) prepared this year’s winning menu of dishes named for principals in the evening’s shenanigans.

– Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

A table, set for sleuthing
A table, set for sleuthing

A cast of true characters
A cast of true characters

The evening's appetizer, Pennyworth's Revenge Toadstool, paired portobello and polenta.
The evening’s appetizer, Pennyworth’s Revenge Toadstool, paired portobello and polenta.

Resourceful actor-comedians work the room.
Resourceful actor-comedians work the room.

Villain and Heiress Miranda Kensington’s Shaved Salad
Villain and Heiress Miranda Kensington’s Shaved Salad

Patrons are amused by a well-timed pratfall.
Patrons are amused by a well-timed pratfall.

Moving the narrative along at breakneck pace
Moving the narrative along at breakneck pace

N.A. Solle's Syndicated Jerk Stuffed Chicken entree, prepared by Chef Mike and students
N.A. Solle’s Syndicated Jerk Stuffed Chicken entree, prepared by Chef Mike and students

Is that a poker face, open to interpretation, or the unblinking glare of truth?
Is that a poker face, open to interpretation, or the unblinking glare of truth?

Everything's a potential giveaway in such an intimate setting, where facial expressions and body language help tell a twisted tale.
Everything’s a potential giveaway in such an intimate setting, where facial expressions and body language help tell a twisted tale.

Collecting diners' guesses on "Whodunit?"
Collecting diners’ guesses on “Whodunit?”

Ginnifer Snapps' dessert: crumb cheesecake with a sweet potato donut hole and Bananas Foster with crystallized ginger
Ginnifer Snapps’ dessert: crumb cheesecake with a sweet potato donut hole and Bananas Foster with crystallized ginger

The audience shows its appreciation at show's end.
The audience shows its appreciation at show’s end.

 

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