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Arts & Entertainment Franklin’s Mystery Dinner Theater benefits North Carolina Community Foundation

Cast of Characters (front row, L-R) Sally Rae (Becky Beasley) – Sweet country girl, on the cruise after being crowned Miss Sweet Potato at the Idaho County Fair; Pepper Kayne (Michele Hubbs) – Beautiful, glamorous, Hollywood starlet; Polly Fein (Louise Henry) – Rich daughter of Frankie Fein; Bitsy Coolbrick (Karen Kenney) – His fourth wife, an actress with more beauty than ability; (back row, L-R) Professor MaryAnne (Theresa Ramsey) – Earnest scientist hunting for a rare species of radioactive plant, geranium; Frankie Fein (Milam Beasley) – Multimillionaire owner of Frankie’s Fein Fertilizer, a little rough around the edges, but wants the best for his only daughter; Stu Mulligan (Derek Roland) – Captain Kipper’s trusty first mate, Irish, not very bright; Captain Kipper (Joe Collins) – Hearty ship captain, Captain of the Guppy; Count Croquefort (Jim Breedlove) – Handsome, debonair French nobleman engaged to Polly Fein; Gunther Benn (Larry Stenger) – Old hermit living on the island. Not pictured: Sandy Coolbrick (Jeff Cloer) – Famous Hollywood director, wealthy, powerful; Erika Young (Pam Collins) – Writer for Woman Zone Magazine – looking for special interest stories; and Colonel Custard (Robbie Holland) – Chief of the Island Police. Photo Betsey GooderThe Macon County Community Foundation Players are back for the 2013 Mystery Dinner Theater. It’s going to be a dangerous night on a remote desert isle in the Caribbean where a private cruise ship has arrived by mistake. Watch out for smugglers, crooked business professionals, and even a murderer. You’ll have a chance to spy on the passengers and crew on the cruise ship’s maiden voyage. Little do the passengers realize that the “Guppy” has reached the wrong island – an island with only one inhabitant – Gunther Benn – a suspicious character watching for “spies.” Blackmail, romance, and intrigue lead to a most unusual murder. Clues to solve the crime are available for $1 each from the cast. Come and compete for the evening’s prize with the other tables and Colonel Custard. Tickets are only $40 each, including dinner. Expect special guest appearances by Mayor Joe Collins, Sheriff Robbie Holland and more. With your help, perhaps the Chief of the Island Police will be able to solve the crime.The production will take place at Fat Buddies BBQ in Franklin on Feb. 22 and 23, and again on March 2, all performances are at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your tickets or tables in advance, by calling Karen Stiwinter at (828)524-5200.

The Community Foundation is making sponsorships available for this year’s play. Sponsor as an individual, a business, or a company, and your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. As a sponsor, your name/company name will appear on the playbill (size determined by sponsorship level), which will be viewed by more than 250 people.

Sponsorship of this fundraiser helps the Foundation provide grants to support worthy, non-profit organizations in Macon County. In 2012, the Foundation was able to assist more than 15 programs and the goal is to reach even more this year. For more information on the sponsorship levels or to become a sponsor, contact Regina Lupoli at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or (828)526-4532 by Feb. 8.

About the N.C. Community Foundation

The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $68 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $156 million in assets, the NCCF sustains over 1,000 funds and endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org and Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NCCF.


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