ISHPEMING - With the smell of dinner in the air, the lights go out and a murder is committed.
The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council, along with the Knights of Columbus and the Lake Bancroft Committee, are putting on a murder mystery dinner fundraiser next week. , "Murder at KD Hall" will serve as a benefit for the Lake Bancroft Project.
The Lake Bancroft Committee proposed the fundraiser to PAAC, which thought it was a good cause, PAAC Executive Director Al Keefer said.
Tina Nelson sits while being interrogated by Al Keefer, right, and his partner, Nicholas Conroy, during a dress rehearsal Monday for “Murder at KD Hall,” a dinner theater set for Oct. 6. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
"We wanted to extend out to help some other groups in Ishpeming because we've combined well with groups in Negaunee," Keefer said. "So we thought, 'well there's a fundraiser we can help out with.' "
According to Keefer, the murder mystery dinner will be similar to a previous one staged, which was so popular that people where turned away.
"What's fun about this dinner theater is it's a comedy," Keefer said. "And it's always different, even if they saw it last time."
When the play was originally written, the guests were not aware that it was a murder mystery, Keefer said, and it worked well that way and still works when the guests know.
"I really try to emphasize that it's more of a comedy then a mystery," Keefer said. "There's not a heavy plot but the guests seem to laugh and have a good time every time we've done it."
Tina Nelson, an actress in the play for the second time, said the best part of the play is how spontaneous it is.
"Every night is different with a the different crowds we get," Nelson said.
The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in KD Hall at St. John the Evangelist Church in Ishpeming.
Tickets cost $15 and are available through Oct. 3 and will not be sold at the door. They are available at Ishpeming City Hall, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce office, Consumers Building Supply, Snyder Drug on Main Street and Elaine's Place, all in Ishpeming.
Entrees include chicken or beef. All proceeds will go toward cleaning up Lake Bancroft, which is suffering from an abundance of organic material.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.