LYNN HAVEN — Two things are sure in life, they say, and the new production at Kaleidoscope Theatre sets out to show that those sure things can still be matters for laughter.

"Death and Taxes," opening Friday, is the sixth production of Kaleidoscope's 47th season. Directed by Hilary McAlinden, the show features Betsy Richards in her Kaleidoscope debut as Matty Johansson; Renee Ryals as Lydia Kleft, the shy town secretary; Katherine Efird as Evelyn Martindale, Hendricks High School's drama teacher; Tony Williams as Eddie King; Steven Sosa in his Kaleidoscope debut as Sheriff Wesley Thorne; Andrea Hagler McCrary as Mayor Kathleen Lyles; Marco Andrews as Doctor Bishop; Chuck Giambra as Carl Johanson; and Blonza Layfield as Cora Sedgewick.

A comedy written by Pat Cook, the show incorporates a murder mystery and audience participation. It will run for three weekends, March 16 through April 1. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, March 23-24, and March 30-31; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18 and 25, and April 1.

"I chose this show because I love audience participation murder mysteries," McAlinden said. "In this particular show, the audience is invited on stage during intermission to look at 'clues,' and then during the second act there is a 15-minute question and answer portion for the audience members to ask the cast questions to see if they can figure out 'whodunnit.'"

If you've ever wondered what goes on at a small town's city council meeting, then welcome to Hendricks, where the officials are looking for a murderer. Mayor Kathleen Lyles boldly announces that the meeting will be more like a coroner's jury than the usual round of arguments. Not only was a man murdered, but he was an employee of the IRS.

"Somehow, I don't feel that bad," says prime suspect Carl Johansen as the sheriff clamps the cuffs on him. Slowly, it becomes apparent the entire city council had seen the man, and each of them seems to be hiding something.

Though McAlinden is a longtime member of the Kaleidoscope Theatre family, this is her first time leading a production.

"This is my directorial debut, and I couldn't be more pleased with how fun and funny this show is," she said. "It has taken on a life of its own I could only dream of."

Her first time on stage was in 2004, during Gulf Coast State College's production of "The Secret Garden." She was 19 years old. She returned to the community theater scene in 2011. Since then, she's acted in 12 shows at Kaleidoscope and three at the Martin Theatre in downtown Panama City. She has served as assistant director for two Kaleidoscope productions, and is the current vice president of the Kaleidoscope board of directors.

Advance tickets for "Death and Taxes" are $18 for adults ($20 at the door), $17 for military and seniors ($19 at the door), and $10 for students ($12 at the door). Tickets may be purchased by calling 850-265-3226, or order them online at the website, More information is also available at, or by email at

Kaleidoscope Theatre is located at 207 E. 24th St. in Lynn Haven.