By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014
Opal Guatney (played by Misty Edwards-Matheson) lays down the house rules to Kenny (played by David Baron, left) and Quentin (played by Mark Karlovitz) if they are going to be boarders in their house. They are rehearsing for “The Guatney Sisters of Neosho Falls” murder mystery dinner theatre that will take place on the First United Methodist Church of Claremore on Friday, September 19.
If you love a great murder mystery (and who doesn’t?), you are in luck. There are two murder mystery dinner theatre fundraisers being planned this fall in Claremore. Both plays are written by local playwright Mark Ogle.
On Friday, September 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Claremore, Ogle’s newest comic murder mystery play, “The Guatney Sisters of Neosho Falls” will be performed.
How much trouble can two spinster sisters possibly get into in the sleepy little town of Neosho Falls? Well, with the Guatney sisters trouble abounds while trying to run the family farm and boarding house, and raising Pearl’s three grandchildren. Does that trouble include murder?
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the play begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 (includes dinner and show). Reservations are required and can be made by calling the church at (918) 341-4580. All money raised from the event will go to the American Red Cross to help provide immediate emergency assistance (temporary lodging, food and clothing) needed by those who experience a disaster, like a home fire.
Then on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, at the Belvidere Mansion, the Rogers County Historical Society will present an evening of dinner and entertainment. First, guests will dine on a delicious dinner, then have an opportunity to tour the historical mansion (listed on the National Register of Historical Places) and finish the evening having dessert while enjoying a performance of “The Ghost of the Mansion” in the 3rd floor ballroom.
The setting for the play is the living room of a newly built mansion in Claremore, Indian Territory, around the turn of the 20th century. The mansion’s owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bradman, have invited guests for the weekend to help celebrate the move into their new home. Before the weekend ends, someone is “murdered” and the local sheriff sets out to uncover the identity of the culprit.
Although the play is not based on actual events, similarities do exist between the fictitious mansion and the real one.
For those who may have seen the play when it was originally performed at the Belvidere in 2004 and think they remember who did it, “Not so fast,” says Ogle. “The ending may not be what they remember.”
For information regarding tickets, please call the Rogers County Historical Society at the Belvidere Mansion at (918) 341-1127. Reservations are required. All proceeds will go to the Rogers County Historical Society for renovations to the Belvidere Mansion.
Both plays, “The Guatney Sisters of Neosho Falls” and “The Ghost of the Mansion,” will be performed by casts of some of Claremore’s most talented and finest actors and actresses under the direction of directors Dan Huey and Jennifer Carta.
During each play audience members will have an opportunity to put their deductive skills to good use and try and solve who did it and why. So if you’re the type of person who thinks they can solve any murder mystery before the first commercial airs or the first chapter ends, come and see if you can be the one and only person who will walk away with the highly prized “Super Sleuth Award.”
Come on out and enjoy an evening of entertainment to die for!
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.