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Murder mystery play a crucial fundraiser for theater department

by: TOM WEAVER - The cast of 'Reserve Two for Murder.' From left front row: Ben Bongolan (on floor), Tom Weaver, Loralie Ahola, Faith Ahola, Kristen Caldwell, Vickie Weaver, Jenny Mason. Standing: Jared Weaver, Winslow Thurston, Patrick Birkle, Larianna Weaver, Skyler Weaver, Shauna Weaver and Tommy Baird.A murder mystery play showing this week in Scappoose is also a crucial fundraiser for the high school’s theater department.

“Reserve Two for Murder,” by John Randall, is a unique theater experience taking place only this week. Instead of featuring the regular Scappoose High School players or one particular theater troupe, the stage is full of local actors from the broad region, including Scappoose, St. Helens, Beaverton, Vancouver and more.

The actors agreed to take part to help the theater department raise much-needed funds for its future performances, said Director Tom Weaver, who is also acting in the performance.

The three-act play is a murder mystery with a comedic edge, set in the 1940s. Much of the action takes place around the audience in the auditorium with murders, a missing body and an unraveling mystery investigated by two detectives who were just hoping to catch a show.

It opens Thursday, Oct. 4 and closes Saturday, Oct. 6, with all performances set for 7 p.m. in the Scappoose High School auditorium.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. All proceeds benefit the high school theater department.