An interactive murder mystery, authored by Tom and Penny Warner and directed by Charlotte Rademacher, played out while nearly 200 guests enjoyed a catered dinner at Sansar Restaurant, 430 W. Grant Line Road.
The club met its goal by raising $2,500, which will be donated to the local animal shelter.
“I am excited to see this come to life,” Penny Warner said. “We are thrilled that the woman’s club, in conjunction with the library, put on our play. We do this to raise money for a good cause.”
The cast of characters was played by community members and city and county officials — with character names as whimsical as the roles they played.
Tracy Planning Commissioner Pete Mitracos played the aristocratic Hemlock Bones. Patricia Munson played the proper librarian Lotta Books, while Yasmine Allegretti portrayed the valley-talking Nancy Prude. Amber Land-Denoyer played the man-hungry — and often drunk — Agatha Mystery, and San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott played a skirt-chasing detective named Sam Slayed.
“The Tracy Woman’s Club does great things for our community,” Elliott said. “I’m just happy to have a chance to be part of this murder mystery and help the animal shelter at the same time.”
Alan Gagner took on the role of the pompous Hercules Perot, speaking with a rehearsed French accent. His wife, Hayley Gagner, played the no-nonsense Kutsey Millstone. Sir Arthur Conan Hoyle, an egotistic businessman, was played by Tracy City Treasurer Ray McCray. Rounding out the cast was Don Bisbee, who portrayed a Columbo-type detective named Inspector Dogleash.
Sharon Gibson, the president of the GFWC Tracy Woman’s Club, was pleased with the outcome of the evening.
“The Tracy Woman’s Club thought this would be a fun event to bring to the community,” Gibson said “This is a different type of fundraiser. It’s interactive, suspenseful and a true whodunit.”
It was Sir Arthur Conan Hoyle who ended up the unfortunate murder victim — drowned to cover up a previous murder. In the end, dinner guest Chance Sutton, 15, pieced together the clues to convict Hemlock Bones of the deadly deed.
The club also raffled off gift baskets and a $1,000 cash prize that went Tracy resident Maureen Tobin Bastedenbeck. The prize was sponsored by local community members.
For information about the GFWC Tracy Woman’s Club, call Gibson at 830-1702.
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