A typical auction becomes the setting of a tale of intrigue when the Friends of the Garnett Library holds "Murder at Auction" at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at First Presbyterian Church in West Plains.
This interactive murder mystery features students from Kay Garrett's Theatre in Education class at Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains.
The tale begins as the auction gavel falls. Among the bidders is Billy Collins, played by Billy Stone of West Plains, an ex-con recently released from jail who is interested in purchasing a painting that is being auctioned at the event. When the painting comes up for bid, Billy falls dead on the floor, the victim of an apparent murder.
Leading the investigation into his untimely death is law enforcement officer Jill Tuesday, portrayed by Hannah Senter of Bucyrus, who must unravel a tangled web of clues with the audience's help to determine the culprit. Among the suspects are Billy's nephew, Tom Collins, portrayed by Jim Lambert of West Plains; Billy's soon-to-be ex-wife, Cathy Collins, played by Tiffany Wiggs of Alton; Billy's "goth" daughter, Crissie "Raven" Collins, played by Sandie Rhoades of Willow Springs; Cathy's no-talent singing boyfriend, William Nelson, portrayed by Matt Nelson of Salem, Mo.; and art expert Leonard Divincia, portrayed by Justin Kingery of Mansfield.
Who had the most to gain from Billy's death? Who had the most to lose if he lived? And what does the painting have to do with his death, if anything? Area residents are invited to find out at this entertaining fund-raising event, organizers said.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the SMSU-WP Office of Development at 417-255-7240.