Who done it? FOLA to stage Mystery Theater

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 6/12/19

Murder! A murder most foul! Was it committed in the drawing room? Foyer? Conservatory? Find out at the Friends Of the Library Association’s Mystery Theater fundraiser, showing the play “Murder …

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Who done it? FOLA to stage Mystery Theater

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Murder! A murder most foul! Was it committed in the drawing room? Foyer? Conservatory?

Find out at the Friends Of the Library Association’s Mystery Theater fundraiser, showing the play “Murder Maestro Please.”

The play is taking place  July 26 at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. It features the theater troupe known as the “Not Quite Ready for Primetime Players.”

This marks the second year  a mystery that’s focused on a murder is being presented.

The 2017 performance was i “Murder of the Loaded Librarian.” FOLA president Meg Campbell said the play was incredibly successful and well-received by the community.

Due to conflicting dates, a play wasn’t scheduled in 2018, but this year’s date in July all-but-ensures there will be a massive community-wide turnout for “Murder Maestro Please.”

The cast of the play are all either local celebrities or library workers. Some local celebrities involved include Lisa Geren, Fr. Joel Huffstetler, Sissy Figlestahler, Jimmy Logan, Kathy Davini, Joe Fivas, Janey Cooke, Andrew Hunt, Meg Campbell, Margot Still and Tony Pharr. Connie Gatlin served as the contributing composer for this year’s play.

The play’s directors are Jim Veenstra and Lisa Geren, the latter of which has a part in the play.

FOLA was planning to run the event for two nights, but decided host it for the one night this year. If it’s well-received, they may bring it back for an encore performance this fall.

“It’s really slapstick. People will be rolling on the floor laughing at the performances of these people,” Campbell said.

“Murder Maestro Please” is about a jazz group hired by a library for a fundraiser. S murder takes place when they arrive.

Campbell describes the characters as “unbelievable,” and credits local talent for the extra humor peppered throughout the show. One such example is that of Jimmy Logan, who improvised a majority of his lines at the last show in 2017.

At the show’s conclusion, the audience will be able to vote on who they think committed the murder. Those who guess correctly will be rewarded. The local police even come out and “arrest” the murderer for the finale.

Campbell is hoping for around 300 people in attendance, and encourages the community to come out and support FOLA and the library as an extension.

“We’ve had people who begged us to do this again, and if this goes well, we’ll be sure to set our 2020 dates,” she said.

FOLA also hosts a book and coffee event on the third Friday of each month, excluding December. More details can be found at https://www.clevelandlibrary.org/category/fola/.

Tickets cost $35 for general admission, which grant you admission to the show. For $75, you will also receive heavy hors d’oeuvres and a meet and greet with the actors prior to the show. Al Ashabi is catering the meal.

You can purchase tickets at the library’s front desk, or by calling the library at 423-472-2163. Credit cards can be taken over the phone as well.

All proceeds of the event go to help FOLA aid the library throughout the year by paying for needs the library’s budget can’t cover.

“This is the total support of the advocacy, by FOLA, of the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library,” Campbell added. “We advocate for them, spend all our funds there, so every dime we spend goes to support the library.”

The FOLA Mystery Theater begins at 7:15 p.m. for general admission ticket holders and 5:50 p.m. for those who paid for the pre-show hors d’ oeuvres and meet and greet. The show will last approximately 2.5 hours, which includes time for an intermission and the voting.

The Museum Center is located at 200 Inman Street.

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