By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2011
Mark Ogle, author and director of the whodunit “The Ghost of the Mansion,” benefitting the American Red Cross.
The whodunit “The Ghost of the Mansion” by Mark Ogle will be performed on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, in the beautiful Will Rogers Auditorium on the campus of Rogers State University in Claremore. Doors open at 6 p.m., with performances beginning each evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross to assist residents of Rogers County who experience a disaster, like a home fire or flood. The performances are being co-sponsored by Rogers State University, Rotary Club of Claremore and the American Red Cross.
“The Ghost of the Mansion” is set in the living room of a newly built mansion in Claremore, Indian Territory, at around the turn of the 20th century. The mansion’s owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bradman, have invited an eclectic group of guests for the weekend to help them 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.
Each person attending will have an opportunity to use their detective skills and walk away with the highly prized “Super Sleuth Award.” A prize wanted by many, but that can only be won by one.
Most everyone is familiar with the work of the American Red Cross during large disasters like tornados, floods, ice storms, and of course snow storms, but may not know that the Red Cross provides direct financial assistance (lodging, food, clothing, prescriptions, etc.) every day to people whose homes were damaged or lost in fires or floods. Last year, in the Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center’s service area, that included 80 home fires and providing more than $53,100 in disaster assistance.
“We are very fortunate to have Rogers State University and the Rotary Club of Claremore as partners to put on this event. They’ve both been great supporters of the American Red Cross,” said Mark Ogle, Director, Rogers/Mayes/ Wagoner County Service Center, American Red Cross.
“The Ghost of the Mansion” is written by local playwright Mark Ogle. Ogle is the author of 17 murder mysteries. Little did he know 11 years ago when he wrote his first murder mystery, which was meant only to be performed locally, that his work would someday draw a regional audience, let alone a global one, but that is exactly what has happened.
His plays are now performed by groups worldwide to raise money to benefit worthwhile causes, such as the American Red Cross. He has been contacted by groups in nine different countries (Canada, Columbia, Guyana, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda and Zimbabwe), as well as 16 states in the United States (Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin).
In addition to his writing, Mark Ogle has acted in community theatre in Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma over the years and has appeared in a commercial. Movie credits include “Greyscale” and “Rooster.”
He is also a sought after speaker on topics ranging from his writings to humorous insights and observations regarding marriage, parenting and communication in general.
Come enjoy the fun, test your detective skills and help the American Red Cross. Who could ask for anything more?
For more information, please call (918) 343-1803 or send an e-mail to eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
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.