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Death By Drumstick


Mel O’Drama Theater presents Death by Drumstick, an original musical murder mystery comedy written and directed by California-based musician and playwright, Doug York.

Set in Music City in the 1960's, wannabe rock musician, John Lemon is competing in the Biggest Battle of the Bands on the Planet, where the winner receives a contract with Gunshot Records, a label that promises to take the group to the top. Backstage, Meiko, a groovy groupie, falls hopelessly in love with Biff Bam Bam, a man from the record label coming today from Hollywood to run the contest. John's autographed drumsticks become a gambit envied by his drummer, Blingo Bongo, who has a secret plan of his own, vying for his own gold record deal and despising John and his groupie. John has major plans for his band but the contest goes south when the prized drumstick ends up missing and pandemonium ensues when someone ends up dead.

The time is right for comic murder mystery. Who will kill and who will be the victim? Sheriff Pinkerton arrives to question one and all to help solve the hilarious whodunnit set to music featuring popular classic rock songs performed by a live musician and dances from the 60's. Audience members are encouraged to wear hippie clothes and enjoy an evening of zany, delicious fun as they interact with a fun local cast in this musical murder mystery dinner theater comedy. Playing in various venues in and around Nashville.


Meet The Director


Doug York

Doug York-Director: writer and director of Death by Drumstick. An accomplished drummer himself, he has played professionally, touring, recording and teaching music since childhood. Based in beautiful Mt. Shasta, CA, Doug has been writing award-winning music and plays, directing and performing first-rate theatrical productions and thrilling audiences with humor and intelligence. For more information, visit



Sheldon Kahan

Sheldon Kahan - Musician, Emcee: Sheldon doesn't just play music from the 50's, 60's and 70's, he was there! He was listening to Elvis when Elvis' first album came out, playing in bands when the Beatles and Stones came to America and has been playing, singing and entertaining ever since. His list of over 400 songs comprises a good portion of the best of the best in American music. Sheldon played in the first progressive rock band to come out of Israel (The Electric Stage), has performed in the streets of Copenhagen, coffee houses in England, and with artists such as Johnny Tillotson, Prentice Moreland of The Ink Spots, The Blues Image, Jessie Ed Davis (guitar player for Taj Mahal), New Age artist David Arkenstone and multi-Grammy winner Keb Mo. He has appeared on the Bill Cosby Show, the Jenny Jones show and countless other venues from concert halls to hotels to honky tonks.

Mel wants to personally thank him for another adventure, he just finished the last Mel O’Drama production of “The Perils of Francois” where he was the masked man “Francois”. Prior to that production he portrayed “Big Louie” in The Altos… A Little Lower Than The Soprano’s in 2011 & 2014

Meet The Actors


Arikah Nash - "Meiko"

Arikah Nash-Meiko: stage credits include, Mel O' Drama : Altos, Dracula Masquerade Ball, The Wiz (Street Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Old Globe Theatre), Glory, Grace, and Justice (Wiltern Theater), and various front woman band performances. Tv Credits include: Moesha, Sabrina The Teenage Witch; Commercials, America's Funniest Home Videos and various other roles. This wife and mother has really been in five pageants, named First Runner Up in the 1994 Miss Southern WV pageant (which leads to state in Miss America), Fourth Place in 1997 Miss AZ Model of the Year, and finally, crowned 1999 Miss Millennium Wrestler of the Year, which aired on "The Man Show."


Craig Allan Jones - "John"

Craig Allan Jones-John: has lived in Nashville since September 2000. He is scheduled to graduate from Cumberland University in December with a BA in Theatre. His past roles include Boris in You Can't Take it With You, Narrator in Into the Woods, Marc in Art, and Pedro in Man of La Mancha. He would like to thank his wife and son for being awesome in so many ways. He answers to Moose.


Jordan Stephens - "Blingo" - "Pinkerton"

Jordan Stephens - Blingo/Pinkerton: Born and raised in California, Jordan has been an actor since high school. After graduating U.C.L.A. he completing two technical careers in Film/TV and Magazine production in Hollywood. His professional activities, while providing him a good living, always left him feeling like he was still missing something. After moving to Nashville nine years ago he determined to re-direct his efforts. Locally he has landed many comedic roles on stage: Col. Pickering (My Fair Lady), Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine (Pride and Prejudice), Sydney Lipton (God’s Favorite), Sgt. Trotter (The Mousetrap), Marley’s Ghost and Mr. Fezziwig (A Christmas Carol). “Scaring children as Marley’s Ghost is apparently my most enduring contribution to the Christmas Season.”


Kirby Hade - "Bliff"

Kirby Hade - Bliff: A long time performer experienced in the dance world with both The Joffery Ballet and Boston Ballet makes his speaking debut before a live audience with Death By Drumstick. His lives with his teenage daughter Liddy and their cats, Misha, Emmy, Sherbert and their dog Tucker. He adores his Pie Plate Hibiscus, collects Swingline brand staplers and follows several Russian ballerinas on Facebook.