“The play is called ‘Ghost of Christmas Past.’ It’s a murder-mystery theater, and it’s played like a live ‘Clue’ game,” Adult Services Coordinater Colleen Knight said of the library’s latest Library After Hours event, which will last from 6 to 8 p.m. “If people don’t know how to act that is perfectly fine because we have a narrator that tells the story and then the actors act out what the narrator is saying.
“[The play] takes place in the 1800s at a tavern called the Cooked Goose, and the owner is Ebenezer Pennypincher and he is holding a gala celebration in honor of his new tavern. Of course the original owner was Tim Tiny, he had owned the place until it burned down in a tragic fire where somebody by the name of Sarah Cratchit died, and [Tim] was rumored to have murdered her. During the course of the evening, you might see her ghost show up and other people might die, too. You never know.”
Knight said it’s the audience’s job to figure out who committed the murder and why.
Thus far, the library has about 12 people participating and 70 people registered all together.
“You can just watch and guess who done it, or I do have some small roles where you can actually be a participant in [the performance],” Knight said.
She said the library has hosted murder-mystery events a few times a year for about the last five years.
“The last one we did was in July for our summer reading program and we did a pirate [theme] called ‘Dead Man’s Chest,’ and we had about 85 people show up for that particular program,” Knight said.
She said the dinner will be pot luck and there will be breaks throughout the evening for participants to walk around and eat. Over the years, Knight said, the program has grown and provoked more interest from library patrons.
“When we first started we got around 30 to 40 [participants] and in the last year, year and a half, it has really taken off,” Knight said. “We’ve had a big attendance and a big participation rate. It’s been a lot of fun because it is a murder mystery, but it’s also very much a comedy, too.”
She said events like the murder mystery dinner help draw attention to the library, which has grown from its traditional service of being a location to borrow books.
“The Library After Hours events were originally started as like a cheap date night and what they do is they bring attention to the fact that libraries are not just about books anymore. We offer programs, we offer movies, we offer a lot of things,” Knight said. “We’re more of like a community center and the Library After Hours brings a lot of attention to that, and beyond that, they’re just fun.”
Registration is required for the event, and due to subject matter, the performance is adults only. For more information and to register, email Knight, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 770-382-4203.