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March 8, 2011

Interactive murder mystery will benefit Remembering Adam

“Legend of the Crow’s Nest,” an interactive dinner-theater, will be presented at 6 p.m. April 2 at   La Ferme Rouge, 238 Marina Road, Patton.

Doors will open at 5:15 for the casual dress event that is an annual fundraiser benefiting Remembering Adam Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides substance-abuse prevention education to school districts and communities.

Debbie Fowler, president of Remembering Adam Inc., said her organization purchased the play and personalized it to fit the area.

“La Ferme Rouge, where we are holding it, used to be called the Crow’s Nest,” she said.

“We always include the names of local people and places, and we always do a murder mystery. It makes it fun for the people.”

Fowler said the play is very interactive, with the actors in the heart of the audience.

After the first act of the play, which begins at 6, dinner will be served, and the actors will take a break to eat with the audience.

“Before the play begins, they’re in character, mingling with the audience,” Fowler said.

“They get very personal with the guests, and there are some surprise guests from the audience. They don’t even know it yet.”

Dinner provided by Joey Del’s 2001 Caterers will feature lasagna and roasted pork loin and will be served at 6:30.

The audience will be finishing their meals as the second act of the play begins.

Legend has it that the Crow’s Nest in Patton, a barn owned by Norman Crow, mysteriously caught fire and burned, killing the owner and two others.

The only witness has a mentality of a 3-year-old.

Simple Lester will be played by Victor Beach of Hastings.

The ruins are an eerie reminder of the night when distraught ghost-like beings were seen flying out of the Crow’s Nest, wailing in terror.

On every full moon since then, it is said smoke is in the air and wailing and moaning sounds from the barn and the graveyard nearby where witches were buried.

Now Crow’s niece, played by Christy Sponsky of Elmora, has arrived in town to claim the Crow’s Nest, but two others want to purchase it.

Paul Demi of Northern Cambria will play the wealthiest man in Patton, who wants to construct a gaming parlor and wax museum, and Josh Demi of Northern Cambria will play a paranormal specialist who wants to build a paranormal center.

Others in the cast are Tony Demi of Northern Cambria as the Mayor of Patton; Patty Sponsky of Elmora as the mayor’s wife; Amanda Diebler of Hastings as a reporter for the Patton Times; and Mitzi Keefe of St. Benedict as the local psychic.

A Chinese auction and games of chance will be available.

Fowler said more than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Remembering Adam drug-screening programs are conducted in eight area school districts.

KADU, Kids Against Drug Use, is an educational program presented by Remembering Adam’s production team, and Getting Street Smart is a program for adults to become aware of drug use among children.

This is the group’s only fundraiser except for one conducted in its newsletter.

Those who wish to attend the interactive murder mystery should respond by March 18. There will be limited seating for around 200.

“It’s a fun night for actors and guests,” Fowler said.

“The actors are volunteers who give a lot of their time. They’ve been practicing every week since January, giving up their Sundays.”

 

Fundraiser

What: “Legend of the Crow’s Nest.”

When: 6 p.m. April 2, doors open at 5:15.

Where: La Ferme Rouge, 238 Marina Road, Patton.

Benefits: Remembering Adam Inc.

Tickets: $40 per person, includes dinner and entertainment.

Information: 344-8026,   (877) 767-2326 or www.rememberingadam.org.

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