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About Too Much Sugar (aka Sam Shade Mysteries)...

Like Tell Us A Tale, Too Much Sugar went through various incarnations before resulting in its final format of a comedic mystery. In its original format in October 1997, it was meant to be a weekly improvisation on the current events that had occurred during the past week. That idea, however, was a bit too controversial for the time slot it was assigned, Saturday evenings at 5:30. The show then became much like a condensed version of Kid n' Kaboodle, with a story unfolding as musical selections played around the different chapters of the tale. Then one day Peter wrote a mystery, much like the old "Fractured Fairy Tales" that ran during the Rocky and Bullwinkle animated series. The story involved a young prince coming to the office of private investigator Sam Shade, to find out who had pushed, yes pushed, the prince's best friend and mentor, Humpty Dumpty. After much detective work, the culprit turned out to be none other than Old Mother Hubbard. She had no food in the cupboard to feed her poor dog even a bone. The stores were closed, so she pushed Humpty off the wall to steal some of his yolk; the Files of Too Much Sugar were born. Peter began auditioning actors from around Virginia, including Tell Us A Tale's own Jen Hoffman, and he built a recording studio. Over the next fourteen months, Sam Shade investigated and solved many a mystery. Did you know for example, that the wolf who swallowed Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother was framed? How about the fact that a Cinderella impostor almost got away with marrying the prince? As part of each show, there were songs at the beginning and end that somehow tied in with that week's mystery. While the tunes usually came from the the big band era, with singers such as Mr. Francis Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald handling the lead vocals, singer/songwriters from other genres, including Central Virginia's favorite daughter, Terri Allard, made appearances as well. At some point, all of these mysteries, most likely without the original music, will be made available for sale.

By the beginning of 1999, however, doing both Too Much Sugar and (then) Kid n' Kaboodle got to be too much work for Peter on a weekly basis. After much soul searching, he decided to bring Too Much Sugar to a close. Some of the old mysteries still show up on Tell Us A Tale, and there's talk of creating some new mysteries for Sam Shade to solve.

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