JEWELL - Who done it? That is the question people will be asking themselves at South Hamilton School District Foundation's Annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser next week.
"House Guests Can Be Murder," written and directed by Sally Evans will be performed at the Jewell Golf & Country Club with two separate performances. The first one will be held March 24 with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m., a prime rib and shrimp dinner at 7 p.m., and the murder mystery to follow. The second performance will be a matinee/dessert theatre on March 25 at 2 p.m.
This will be the fourth play that Evans has written. In 2009, she was asked by the coordinator of the fundraiser to join the writing team. She was asked to contribute some dialogue, and after Evans completed the task, was asked to write a bit more.
South Hamilton School District Foundation’s Annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser will be held on March 24 and 25 at the Jewell Golf & Country Club.
"It went on like that until we got through the entire script," she said. "We kept meeting and talking about the plot, motive and who should be murdered."
The new play was written completely by Evans. The team reviews the script to make sure the culprit is not too obvious.
"The guests really enjoy getting the chance to guess the murder and motive," Evans said.
Each year, the fundraising team calls up volunteers to perform the mystery. This year, every actor has been in it at least once.
"They don't memorize the lines, as we have around six to eight rehearsals total," she said. "The actors carry the script with them and we get as much blocking done as possible."
The annual event has become quite popular, so there will be an additional dessert performance on March 25. Last year, there was approximately 120 people who came to the dinner theater.
Evans said she enjoys the script writing process.
"Once I get going, it takes me a couple of months to finish," she said. "I will keep writing them as long as they ask."
The fundraiser goes toward the school district's foundation - which provides, scholarships, programs and equipment for South Hamilton.
Tickets are still available for both performances ($75 each for Saturday; $40 each for Sunday) and can be obtained by contacting Cheryl Carey at the high school at (515) 827-5479.
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