DIRECTOR David Tackett,TECHNICAL DIRECTORGrant Martin
Jackson County Players and Arts at the Alpine present "Gambling On Murder", a murder mystery from West Virginia's own Karen Vuranch
Guests are invited to Cedar Lakes to participate in a public forum. The Mayor of Ripley has called this public meeting to determine what will happen to Cedar Lakes. It seems that there is a possibility that Cedar Lakes will be sold out of the state system. Rumor has it that a group of business people plan to buy it and turn it into a gambling casino.
Of course, there are a number of people that want to get their mitts on Cedar Lakes and the gambling money. There are five guests in attendance who have a strong motive for murder.
The Mayor’s sister, Dee Dee is one possibility. She is also the accountant for Cedar Lakes. Her enemies are quick to question just how she got that job. Also, there seems to be some question about the Cedar Lakes books. Has she been making Cedar Lakes look bad so that the State will sell?
Also at the event is the famous Tito Carlucci, Don of the Carlucci Mafia family. Tito, of course, wants Cedar Lakes to be a casino and wants the money that will come with it. Tito also makes it known that he is fighting for control of the gambling industry in West Virginia with another famous Mafia family, the Tortellini family. Tito is accompanied by Anita Mann. She is, in a word, a bimbo. “Arm candy” as Tito calls her. But, is Anita really who she claims to be?
Myra Evanowski Reed, one of Jackson County’s Commissioners, is also in attendance. Myra is ever the politician and promotes herself shamelessly. But, in addition to her dedication to West Virginia, it appears that she may have more than a passing interest in a gambling casino.
The Right Reverend Reginald Evans, a television evangelist has taken the opportunity of a crowd to raise money. He is busy asking for donations to his new project, More Opportunities for New Endeavors for Youth, or M.O.N.E.Y., and is outspoken in his belief that gambling is the work of the devil and should be stopped.
All these suspects had both motive and opportunity to kill. The guests will have a chance to interrogate each of them, trying to learn the truth. Their fearless leader, DetectiveEleanor Ness will introduce evidence and ultimately solve the crime along with the members of the audience.
2nd Annual Children's Theatre
August 15, 2009 - Ripley High School Auditorium
"MacBeth in 30 Minutes or Less"
"Dr. Suess's Pirates of Penzance"
"Stagestruck: A Silent Play"
Alpine Fundraiser - The HitchHiker by Lucille Fletcher
August 16, 2009 - The Jackson County Players partnered with Main Street Ripley to raise funds for Alpine Theatre improvements.
The Jackson County Players present "Harvey" by Mary Chase.
April 17, 18 and 19, 2009 at Ripley High School Auditorium
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all.