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Brooke Mystery Players to stage murder mystery

February 28, 2013
Times Leader

The Brooke Mystery Players, a division of the Brooke County Arts Council, will present "Where There's a Will, There's a Way," an original, interactive murder mystery written and directed by Wellsburg playwright Diana Mendel. The production will take place at Staffileno's on the River, 801 Main Street in Wellsburg, on Saturday, March 9, at 6 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Follansbee Baseball Association. Tickets for the event are sold out, but a waiting list is being established in the event of cancellations. The price of admission includes dinner. Anyone interested in getting their name on the waiting list should contact Rachel Ridgeway at (304) 374-3658.

"Where There's a Will, There's a Way," takes place at a memorial service for coal magnate Arnold "Buck" Buckson, who had been in failing health for several years. Although Buckson died at home, there was no sign of foul play, and the body was released almost immediately for cremation.

But Buckson's attorney, Randolph Frank, played by Evan Oslund of Bethany, believes something is amiss, and has hired private investigator Bennett Spire, portrayed by Charles Calabrese of Wintersville, to attend the memorial and scope out the suspicious relatives and associates of the deceased, who was not the most beloved man in town.

The suspects include Buckson's longtime personal assistant, Myrna Stricken, portrayed by Diana Mendel, Buckson's older daughter, socialite Abigail Rule, played by Denise Boyce of Wellsburg and Abigail's banker husband, Willard, enacted by Roger Van Horn of Weirton.

Kimberly Winters of Follansbee is cast as Abigail's half-sister, the free-spirited Candace Dye, who also figures into the mix of suspects, along with her retired surfer husband, Troy, played by Russ Welch of Wellsburg, and Cynthia Lowe, the deceased's personal massage therapist, embodied by Kendra Wickham of Richmond.

Brooke County Arts Council President Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg completes the cast as Kathleen "Kate" Kelly, the facilitator for the event.

The cast members all are veterans of past Brooke Hills Playhouse productions who have joined forces to raise funds for the Playhouse's upcoming 42nd summer season.

The board of directors of the Brooke County Arts Council, the Playhouse's parent organization, is in the process of finalizing the schedule for that season, and will announce it in the near future, along with audition dates and pre-season ticket sales.



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