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News Community Extra night added to this year’s annual mystery dinner theater

Cast of “The Grimm Tales of Mother Goose (not pictured in order): Louise Henry Mary (Mother Goose), Michelle Hubbs (Mary Quite Contrary), Billi Black (That Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe), Regina Lupoli (Snow White), Jeff Cloer (Old King Cole), Theresa Ramsey (The Wicked Witch), Joe Collins (Jack), Sue Lelievre (Jill), Jim Breedlove (The Big Bad Wolf), Karen Kenny (Little Red Riding Hood), Derek Rowland (Rumplestiltskin), Becky Beasley (The Little Girl with the Curl), Tom Ritter (Wee Willie Winkie), Tim Hubbs (Sexy), Betsey Gooder (Little Bo Peep), Terri Stenger (Little Miss Muffet ), Sarah Collins, Larry Stenger (Sheep), Becky Beasley, Tom Ritter, Larry Stenger (Blind Mice), Debbie Roberts (Goldilocks), Karen Stiwinter (Emcee). Photos by Vickie CarpenterThe Macon County Community Foundation’s (an affiliate of the N.C. Community Foundation) annual mystery dinner theater will be held three nights in a row starting Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m., and will run Friday and Saturday night at Fat Buddies BBQ. Originally scheduled as a two night event, an additional night has been added to accommodate all those interested in attending.

This year’s play, “The Grimm Tales of Mother Goose” is an outrageously hilarious production which pokes fun at the uptight “Politically Correct” atmosphere of the 1990’s. See your favorite, although sensitive, childhood characters as they take part in the Annual Nursery Land Banquet. Some of the characters you will see are: Louise Henry as Mother Goose, Jim Breedlove as the Big Bad Wolf, and Joe Collins as Jack, and Derek Roland as the detective who will be guiding the audience through the night.

Guests will be able to try to solve the mystery before the detective breaks it down and will be able to compete with other tables to see who can win the evening’s prize.

The host for the evening will be first-time participant, Macon County Planner, Derek Roland. Roland will be keeping the audience entertained throughout the play and help guests try to solve the mystery. “I am excited to be helping out with this year’s mystery dinner theater and I have had a great time so far,” said Roland. “The dinner is a fun event that allows us all to work together for the benefit of the community foundation. I hope to be able to do it again in the future.”

Franklin’s Mayor, Joe Collins, is happy to be volunteering for the dinner for the second year in a row. “I have attended several of the plays over the last few years and was asked to play a part for the first time last year,” said Collins. “It is a lot of fun and it goes to a great cause. It is great to see people come together to perform and entertain all while benefiting the community.”

Board of Education member Jim Breedlove has performed in every play the mystery dinner has held since its inception. “It is such a great opportunity to help out and all the money raised goes right back into the community,” said Breedlove. “Everyone who comes always enjoys it as much as we enjoy putting it on.”

Proceeds for the night go to benefit the NCCF, which is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has has been awarded nearly $63 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $145 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,000 plus funds and endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of the NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels.

Tickets are $35.00 per person and includes dinner. Call Karen at (828) 524-5200 to reserve your spot now.


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