Murder-Mystery Dinner to Benefit Rose Hill Christian School

Kathy Clayton

The Ashland Beacon


   Fans of murder mysteries can celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend in a unique way – they’ll have an opportunity to solve the crime and help Rose Hill Christian School on February 15 at 6 p.m. as the school presents “Murder at the USO!”

   The interactive murder mystery is set in the 1940s, and period attire is welcome.

   “We encourage dressing in 1940s attire – that makes it more fun,” said Tammie Wells, spokesperson for the Rose Hill fundraising committee. “But they don’t have to. Everybody loves a costume party.”

   Those who dress in costume will be eligible for a prize.  A prize will also be given to the winner who figures out who the killer is. The names of those who solve the mystery will be entered a drawing for the prize.

   “Adding to the ambience of the production is the venue where the event will take place – the hangar at Tri-State Airport,” Wells said. “We had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold this event at the airport. Since the setting is during war-time, the airport hangar is a perfect backdrop to the action.”

   Wells said she had seen other murder mysteries presented in the area, and the committee thought it would make a good fundraiser for the school. She noted that other similar events charge as much as $85 per person. Tickets for Murder at the USO are $50 per person, $100 per couple, or $300 for a table for six, which can be purchased by individuals or businesses.

   Dinner for the event will be catered by Texas Roadhouse, featuring a steak dinner with “the works,” Wells said.

   After the committee decided on a murder mystery to raise money, “the next question was who we should get to provide the entertainment.” They went with Murder and Merriment, a travel theatre group that has performed in a variety of locations, including the Kentucky Castle near Lexington. The troupe’s advertising of the event employs a play on words of popular entertainers of the day: “featuring the vocal talents of Frank Cilantro, The Monroe Sisters, Bill Hope, Julie Garland, Bing Crosley, and Esther Merman.

   Wells said that Rose Hill Christian, like other local schools, as suffered from the closure of AK Steel and other businesses. “The cost of tuition doesn’t cover all of the school’s costs, so we hold various fundraisers to help support salaries, teacher appreciation events, and whatever the need might be. Fundraising eases the burden on parents.”

   “We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a good meal and great entertainment,” she said. Tickets can be purchased through EventBrite. Details can be found on the school’s FaceBook page.