Imperial prepares for first show since flood

POCAHONTAS, Ark. – Rehearsing, building, re-building and organizing, the newest cast at the Imperial Dinner Theatre has been hard at work preparing to re-open the doors.

Sponsors Fears Family Funeral Home and Glisson Waste Management will present the comedy “Let’s Murder Marsha” at The Imperial opening September 28 and running through October 13.

The facility was sorely affected by the flood of 2017 and with no funds for renovation, its future was unknown.

“We are so excited to be bringing our style of dinner theatre to our customers again,” stated Managing Director Ariel Avery, “The encouragement and support we have received has been amazing.” Avery went on to state that tickets began selling even before they were set up to take reservations.

“You should see our Facebook following since we announced the ‘rebirth’ and logo reveal last August,” said Shane Cummings, Marketing Director, “the page went from 2,700 followers to almost 5,000 followers and growing as of this week.”

The new logo represents the spirit of the lion and the rebirth of a phoenix. It was designed by Imperial family member Kim Alainiz of Oregon. Avery said that while the facility was closed, donations continued to come in to help keep the utilities on.

“That’s some very loyal fans right there,” she said.

“Let’s Murder Marsha” is an unexpected, whirling of misunderstanding, cross purpose talking and suspicion, with a 90’s sitcom farcical feel.

“As with all our shows, this is appropriate for the whole family, although very young children probably won’t be able to follow the plot,” added Avery, “Upon re-opening, we will be introducing our new all-you-can eat menu featuring favorite dishes our customers have come to love over the years.”

She added that customers will still be served at their tables and treated like royalty.

“We still have a long way to go with the building, but we are confident that with our dedicated Imperial family, all will be restored soon.”

To find out more, about the show, go to Click the link for “Let’s Murder Marsha” and it will take you to a page with the story and the menu. Show dates are September 28, 29, October 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

The Imperial is owned and operated by The Studio for the Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to arts education and entertainment for the family. The building is located at 1401 Hwy. 304 East, in Pocahontas across from Black River Technical College.

The cast of “Let’s Murder Marsha”. From L to R standing: Holly Winslow, John Roff, Shane Cummings (director), Josh Jones.

Sitting:  Angee Jones, Latoya Scott, Ariel Avery.

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