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Meet our Actors

John Darnell with Gumshoe Mysteries London, Ontario, murder mystery theatre

John Darnell 

John is the Owner and Operator of Gumshoe Mysteries.

His acting debut was with LMT in the 1991 production of South Pacific.
Since then he has been involved in numerous productions with the London Community Players, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, UWO Purple Patches, London Musical Theatre, Old Factory Theatre, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, and Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. John is a retired TVDSB high school teacher and a long time coach. He is the Owner and Head Coach of the Forest City Thunderbirds Football Club.


Kim Kaitell with Gumshoe Mysteries, London, Ontario murder mystery dinner theatre

Kim Kaitell

Kim Kaitell is no stranger to the stage and has been acting in Murder Mystery Theatre for over 15 years. She also performs and directs independent theatre in London and surrounding areas. You may have seen her work in Mystery Unlimited, Alvegoroot Theatre, Theatre Nemisis, Woodfield Productions, Crow Bait Productions, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, Princess Theatre Productions and Aerie Theatre, just to name a few. In her other life she is an artist and an independent business woman. But most of all, she just wants to have fun!!!

Jim Gurr with Gumshoe Mysteries, London, Ontario, murder mystery dinner theatre

Jim Gurr

During his teaching career with the London Board of Education, Jim would do an annual musical show with his senior students. He sang with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society at Western for several years and directed the 1981 production of The Gondoliers. For the last 15 years Jim has done Murder Mystery dinner shows throughout the province. Jim would like you to come and join us for a show. You will have so much fun!

Shari Hall with Gumshoe Mysteries, London, Ontario murder mystery dinner theatre


Shari Hall made her film debut in 2016 with roles in the upcoming films, Twilight Ride and No Regrets.

Shari spent 4 years studying theatre in London, Ontario under Art Fidler.  Pursued theatre at University College of the Cariboo in British Columbia and jumped to film studies by workshopping with Hollywood actors Phil Granger, John Tench and Mark Brandon.

Shari's love of adventure has driven her to many activities from scuba diving, rock climbing, rappelling, travelling from Alaska and the Yukon Territories to zip-lining on her wedding day in the jungles of Costa Rica.

While she is currently settled in London, Ontario with her family, she is looking forward to working in the next Emmy award series or any feature opposite Keanu Reeves

Charlene McNabb with Gumshoe Mysteries, London, Ontario, murder mystery dinner theatre

Charlene McNabb

Charlene is an award winning actress who has worked in the London theatre community for over a decade.  She has been nominated several times for Best Actress awards with the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL), among others, and over the years has worked in productions at the Grand Theatre McManus stage, the London Community Players (LCP) at the Palace Theatre, the Arts Project and the Elgin Theatre Guild at the Princess Theatre, to name a few.  She is regularly involved in The Fridge Festival, The London One Act Festival (LOAF), The Frights of Spring, and this past Christmas appeared for the first time in “An Upper Canadian Christmas Carol” at Fanshawe Pioneer Village’s annual Christmas production.  Charlene’s acting career also includes work in TV and film, her most recent film being due to be released later this year.  In her spare time Charlene works in private practice as a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Art Therapist with children and teens, and has completed her first year of Doctoral studies in Expressive Art Therapy. Charlene initially began working in Murder Mystery dinner theatre to hone her comedic improve skills . . . and had so much fun she never stopped!

John Palmer with Gumshoe Mysteries, London, Ontario, murder mystery dinner theatre

John Palmer

John has been acting in mystery dinner theatre shows since 2001. He loves the variety and the challenges they offer and is delighted to be a member of Gumshoe Mysteries. He has appeared in stage productions with many local production companies and has also had roles in nationally televised commercials and documentaries. 

Despite those performances, John is likely best-known for his brief role in the Finger Eleven video “One Thing” and for being the godfather of the “Ban the Penny” movement. In July, 2018. 

John’s hobbies include hiking, music, and sportscasting, but mostly these days, he sits in his recliner, watches sports and science shows, and surfs the internet.

Aiden Thomas with Gumshoe Mysteries, London, Ontario, murder mystery dinne theatre

Aiden Thomas

Aiden Thomas is a lover of all things community theatre. She got bit by the murder mystery bug a couple of years ago. She enjoys the audience interaction and the opportunity it gives her to meet and have a laugh with all sorts of types of people. Outside of doing dinner theatre she is also a member of the Oxford Renaissance festival house cast and works as a simulated/standardized patient for the University. She volunteers at the Palace theatre as a costume designer and wardrobe maven and loves to sew. Aiden is also a ComicCon junkie and has served as a cosplay judge for the Forest City ComicCon in the past. Aiden would love to tell you more about herself but she doesn't like writing bios though, and talking about herself in third person feels weird. 😁

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Charlotte Weeks

Charlotte Weeks, originally from New Brunswick, is a recent graduate from the Algonquin College Theatre program. She feels fortunate to have been welcomed into the London theatre community just two years ago. Some of her favourite credits include “Prelude to a Kiss” (Rita- LCP), “Jane Austen’s Emma” (Harriet- Woodfield Productions), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, (Honey- Dalhousie Theatre Society). In the summer of 2018 she toured Halifax and Fundy Fringe Festivals with the one woman show “Wicked Fountain of Youth” where she won the Audience Choice Award. This production also won her the Best Actress Award in the London One Act Festival in 2017. Charlotte is very excited to be a member of the Gumshoe family.

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Lorna McKenzie

Lorna McKenzie is a community PSW who has a passion for living life to the fullest. Lorna’s interest in theatre started at elementary school and she continued to develop her skills throughout her years at Laurier Secondary School. She has been involved with historical re-enactment, and wardrobe for the renaissance festival as well as assisting with costumes for the Palace Theatre. Lorna is pleased to be part of the Gumshoe Mysteries family and looks forward to playing with the audience

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John Davis

John is a new comer to the murder mystery scene. He has performed in the renaissance festival and looks forward to expanding his theatrical expertise  as part of the Gumshoe troupe. Always on the lookout for new opportunities and challenges, John is excited to be a member of the  Gumshoe Mysteries family.



Scott Rawson with Gumshoe Mysteries, London, Ontario, murder mystery dinner theatre

Scott Rawson

A native of London, Scott's love of performance began at an early age. He studied Acting for Film and Television at Humber College, and is a graduate of The Second City Training Centre's Conservatory Program in Toronto. In addition to live theatre performance, he has also been featured in several television series' and commercials. Scott is thrilled to be a part of the Gumshoe Mysteries family and looks forward to being part of many great shows to come. 

Catharine Sullivan with Gumshoe Mysteries, London, Ontario, murder mystery dinner theatre

Catharine Sullivan

Catharine has always had an affinity for acting and performing and finally took the plunge in 2012 through the insistence of a friend. 

She has earned two Best Supporting Actress awards through the Western Ontario Drama League.  She has also acquired a respectable amount of formal training, most recently with Canada’s National Voice Intensive under David Smukler.

In addition to the stage, Catharine has explored film and television.  Her screen credits include a music video for YTV’s The Next Star; a principal role in an episode of Motives And Murders; and an appearance in the feature film, The Drowning.  Commercial credits include the Kit Kat Lady; Wonderbread; and Dominion Lending Centres; among others.  Catharine has also found  success as a voice actor, providing voice overs for commercials, as well as creating voices for popular characters in the massively popular video game Warframe.

Gumshoe Mysteries Cast, London, Ontario, murder mystery dinner theatre
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