, Muskogee, OK

January 30, 2014

Making a killing for MPL

Murder mystery benefit dinner set for Saturday

By Leilani Roberts Ott
Phoenix Correspondent

— People who are passionate about the Adult Summer Reading Program are putting on their best character accents and faces for a fundraiser.

“The Icicle Twist” Murder Mystery Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Grant Foreman Room of Muskogee Public Library. Seating is limited, with tickets available at the library. Tickets are $10 each. The event is recommended for adults only.

Jeremy Jones, a library assistant and the coordinator of MPL’s circulation and adult programs, and Susan Winters, a library volunteer, are helping the players as co-directors.

“We can’t really call this theater,” Jones said. “It’s improv. I would almost call it a comedy.”

Jones said the scene is the Cottonwood Trumpet Ski Resort in Cottonwood, Colo., in 1984. Boris Ivanovitch, a research scientist at the Beam Weaponry Research Center, has been found dead of a stab wound in the neck about 10:45 p.m. the previous day on the deck of Michael Maitland’s condominium. A party was in progress, and all those present were detained for questioning. The suspect list has been narrowed to eight people. It is up to the audience to help solve the crime.

The audience will be served eight different soups including potato, chicken noodle, tortilla and taco along with cornbread and dessert while listening to Maitland, portrayed by Troy Davis, question the guests.

Xan Bryant, who portrays flight attendant Tiffany Enderly, is one of the first to speak. She puts on her best Alabama accent and rolls her eyes at the questions. Bryant said the proceeds from the show will be used to encourage adults to read.

Roy Rouell, who portrays Maitland’s bodyguard, Roberto Martine, said last year’s programs included an author Skype, reading and watching movies.

Winters hopes the room will be full of people enjoying good food for a good cause.

The cast

Michael Maitland — Troy Davis.

Laura Maitland — Judy Davis.

Madison Westin — Michael Urbach-Teague.

Samantha Westin — Samantha Maben.

Roberto Martine — Roy Rouell.

Tiffany Enderly — Xan Bryant.

Alicia Tomasini — Marsha Reynolds.

Buzzy Reinhardt — Nicholas Wilks.

If you go

WHAT: “The Icicle Twist” Murder Mystery Dinner.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Grant Foreman Room at Muskogee Public Library, 801 W. Okmulgee Ave.

TICKETS: $10 and available at Muskogee Public Library.

PROCEEDS: Benefits the Adult Summer Reading Program at the library.

ETC.: The performance is recommended for adults.

INFORMATION: Jeremy Jones, (918) 682-6657, ext. 247.