Gatsby Murder Mystery for Good Cause

Shelly Riggs is Greta Garbled – Actress, Screen siren and dear friend of Gray Gatsby. Photo provided by WCT

August 12, 2021

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. 
At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
The Great Gatsby

On August 21 from 7 pm to 10 pm you are invited to “come experience the magical spirit of the Roaring Twenties” at the Wagnalls Memorial (150 East Columbus Street, Lithopolis) for an interactive murder mystery.

“it is an opportunity to experience what it would be like if you are attending one of Gatsby’s parties,” said Donna Elliott of the Wagnalls Community Theater (WCT). “Imagine you are dropping into a movie set or into one of the party scenes in the novel (sorry – no swimming pool, though!) And the bonus is that it is raising funds to support Wagnalls!”

Tickets are $35 per person which includes hors d’oeuvres and live music.  There will be a cash bar.

Babysitting for children ages 1-9 will be provided by Girl Scout Troop 7513 for those who register. The service, which will include crafts and snacks, is free; however, donations are appreciated.

“This is your chance dress in your finest 1920’s couture and immerse yourself in a fantasy fundraiser event to benefit the Wagnalls Memorial Foundation,” Elliott said. “There will be flappers, gangsters, musicians, artists and a few other ‘characters’!”

Julie Cecutti is Toots Mahoney – Club Madam who runs the girls at one of Knuckles Baloney’s clubs.
Photo provided by WCT
George Spence is Knuckles Baloney – Club Boss, Out of towner and partner in crime with Toots Maloney.
Photo provided by WCT

The Wagnalls Foundation has held the Gatsby event before, with the WCT’s actors making appearances and performing songs, but this will be the first time that it has been done as an interactive mystery. The murder mystery portion of the event is completely optional if someone would rather attend without participating.  The names of attendees who choose to participate and correctly identify the murderer will be entered into a prize drawing.

Tickets are available through Everbrite.

The WCT cast and crew have several other upcoming events.

On September 10 at 7:30 pm and September 11 at 2 pm, they will perform Once Upon A Murder in Fairyfieldland for free at the Lithopolis Honey Festival. There is no fee to watch the “PG-ish” play, written by Lancaster resident Scott Gottliebson, although donations are requested.

Tyler Hall is Harvey Wallbanger – Barman who was hired for the evening to keep the champagne flowing.
Photo provided by WCT

“If you enjoy laughing, this is the show for you!” Elliott said.

Halloween weekend (October 29 and 30 at 8 pm) the WCT will be showing Rocky Horror Picture Show with a shadowcast (actors in front of the movie) and all the “fun props and mayhem!”

On November 12th, they will perform All Together Now, a musical review, along with the Rise Up Arts Alliance, which is based in Lancaster.

May 13-15, 2022, WCT will finally present Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic, after having to cancel it for the last two years due to COVID.

Keilyn Snell Hall is Halliday Inn – Hotel Heiress, Rich debutante and former heir to the Inn’s Inn empire. Photo provided by WCT