Catching a kidnapper is the caper designed to perplex Craig Middle School students at the Craig-Moffat County Library Mystery Night Friday when seventh- and eighth-grade students will participate in an old-fashioned "who done it."
Students will enter the crime scene what's usually referred to as the library and have a few minutes to study clues before seeing a play offering them insight into the mystery.
Action begins at 6:30 p.m. when seventh- and eighth-grade drama students act out a play written by Craig Middle School (CMS) teacher David Morris.
"It's just kind of a fun night to get kids interested in coming to the library," said event organizer and library employee Debbie Moncrief. "We're trying to get kids back in the habit of going to the library."
Morris has written a short play about a person who has been kidnapped. Four suspects will enter the police department the Craig-Moffat County Library and each will present a short monologue about themselves and their relationship with the person kidnapped. According to Morris, they all dislike the victim and each have a reason for kidnapping them.
After audience members have familiarized themselves with the suspects, they will see Craig Police Department officer Mike Anthony professionally interrogating each suspect and then have the opportunity to ask questions themselves.
Audience members will be given several clues and Morris said guessing the kidnapper will be a challenge, but worth it.
"Students will really have to think about it and will have to justify why they guessed the way they did. It will be a good exercise in critical thinking," Morris said. "I just know they're going to have a lot of fun whether they guess it or not."
Morris said some CMS teachers are offering students extra credit for attending the performance. With or without the credit, he said he expects a good turnout.
"I can guarantee fun with extra credit or without extra credit," he said.
The library hosted a mystery night two years ago and purchased a mystery. It was difficult and Morris said he had to rewrite most of the play, so when asked to participate this year, he offered to write the entire play. He then chose four "budding young actors" to play the suspects whose parts are to "think out loud" for their monologues. The actors have been working on their parts for the past month. Students have also rehearsed the interrogation with officer Anthony.
Two crime scenes will be set up in the library, the kidnapped person's living room and laboratory. Several clues may be found in the crime scenes, Morris said.
Students wanting to participate may pick up a registration form at the library or from Morris. The registration forms are parental permission slips students must have to attend the event.
"I think it's important parents know where kids are and how long the program is," Moncrief said.
Refreshments will be served.