After-school program raises money at murder mystery dinner
Dianne Borgard wants to spur competition, anticipation and interactive entertainment with the second annual Mystery Dinner Theater.
Two dinners set for Jan. 13 and 14 are fundraisers for Recreational Afterschool Doorway.
“It was so successful last year,” said Borgard, the organization’s director. “We’ve had several people in the community wondering if we were going to do it again.”
So the group is. Last year’s mystery had a cruise theme and raised $8,000 for the program.
Borgard said she hopes the event in January is even more profitable. Last year’s fundraiser only included one show. This year’s fundraiser features two dramas with different themes.
Red Herring Productions in Colorado Springs will present the shows, which feature a death in the cast.
Audience members compete to see who can name the murderer first.
One of the shows is on Friday the 13th, a date with a spooky reputation. Borgard said the date is perfect for the show, which will be set in an English castle in the 1930s or 1940s. The show is titled, “Murder at Macabre Manor.”
The theme for Jan. 14 is “Murder Speaks Easy,” and is set in Chicago in the 1920s.
Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume both nights.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. each night at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.
Tickets are $40 each or $350 for a table of 10. The cost includes dinner, which will be served at 7 p.m. A cash bar will be available.
This year, organizers are offering reserved seating.
Borgard said this is the organization’s only fundraiser of the year and that it comes at a critical time.
“It’s just kind of a time when more and more kids need services,” she said. “Our participation is going up, and our funding is going down.”
Recreational Afterschool Doorway is a program that teaches youths skills and hobbies and provides tutoring and homework help. Area youths may participate for free.
Borgard said she is excited about the event. The shows are appropriate for children, she said.
“It could be a family thing, it could be a girls’ night out thing, it could be whatever,” she said.
She said she hopes residents attend to support the after-school program and enjoy a night of entertainment.
“This is just something different that hasn’t been in Moffat County before,” Borgard said.
For information on the Mystery Dinner Theater, call Borgard at 826-0199. For information on Red Herring Productions, visit http://www.redherringproductions.com.
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or email@example.com.
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