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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • A whodunit mystery benefits children

  • Saline County Court Appointed Special Advocates are who's “doing it,” but it will be up to the audience to decide “whodunit” during CASA's annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Saturday night.
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  • Saline County Court Appointed Special Advocates are who’s “doing it,” but it will be up to the audience to decide “whodunit” during CASA’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Saturday night.
    Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the meal and performance starting at 6 p.m. As they have in past years Random Acts of St. Louis will be putting on the theater. CASA President Heather Morse says no two shows are the same and this year’s play is called “Thoroughly Modern Murder” with a Roaring Twenties theme.
    “We will serve dinner and they will present the murder mystery dinner theater with people encouraged to take a part and dress up for the era,” Morse said.
    A master of ceremonies will narrate the action and help the transition from scene to scene.
    “They’ve done all kinds of things. Sometimes the lights go out or there are gunshots,” Morse said.
    At the end the audience considers the characters and decides on the culprit.
    “On every table there is a slip of paper and they turn it in. Then (Random Acts) tells who did it, why they did it and how they did it,” Morse said.
    The evening typically generates several thousand dollars for CASA, a group of volunteers that help children through court procedures.
    “It allows us to continue to provide advocates and funds materials for our program for children. This and the golf tournament are our main ones,” Morse said.
    CASA asks those who would like to attend to make reservations by calling its office at the Old National Bank building at 253-3355. Tickets are $30 each or a table of eight for $200. Morello’s is catering the meal and providing a cash bar.

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