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Oregon City Children's Theatre fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 4, promises a taste of the high life

Those attending the Oregon City Children's Theatre fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 4, are promised a taste of the high life. But privilege comes with a price: murder.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - AJ Gaytan, center, as Drake the Butler, is flanked by Jarrison Bolan, left, and Peyton Pentecost as Oscar and Otis, the Mansion Muscle, in the upcoming Murder at the Gala."'Murder at the Gala' is a mystery dinner show revolving around the character of Miss Claudette Krooke, the founder and president of the Riches for the Rich Charity Foundation," said Beth Dodge, OCCT's artistic director, resident choreographer and makeup artist.

Every year "Miss Krooke invites the wealthiest patrons to her annual charity auction and dinner, where priceless antiques and treasures are auctioned off and the proceeds are donated to the Riches for the Rich, the charity that strives to make the rich even richer," she said.

"The evening is brought to an alarming halt when the final auction item goes missing. It's all fun and laughs until someone ends up dead."

The most engaging part of a dinner theater presentation is the audience participation portion, and in this case, all guests have an opportunity to participate in the "auction" curated by Miss Krooke, Dodge said.

"Later, some will be selected to take part in a brief interrogation scene with Detective Bigley. These audience members will be assigned a character and SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Kelli Lacey portrays Miss Claudette Krooke in the production.given a prompt sheet to read from during the interrogation," she said.

Dinner will be served buffet style and features bread, a side salad, spaghetti with meat sauce or Fettuccine Alfredo, and for dessert a choice between vanilla or chocolate cake.

"Murder at the Gala" is a fundraiser performance, with all proceeds going toward OCCT's upcoming production of "Beauty and the Beast Jr." which opens Nov. 10.

"For every OCCT production, there is a fundraiser to help cover the varying and sometimes demanding costs of putting a full-scale show together," Dodge said.

The group put on a well-received dinner theater show in 2015, and OCCT is optimistic this will be a recurring fundraiser for future productions.

"Dinner theater has quite a large appeal, and OCCT is excited to bring it to Clackamas County at an affordable rate for the whole family," Dodge said.

"We encourage all guests to dress up in their most formal attire for this event, as the audience will be just as much a part of the show as our actors."

Dinner theater

What: Oregon City Children's Theatre presents "Murder at the Gala"

Date: Saturday, Nov. 4

time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Beavercreek Grange, 22041 S. Kamrath Road, Oregon City

Cost: Tickets are $25 per person and must be prepurchased online at OCCTheatre.org

Details: This show is for one night only and seating is limited. Tickets include dinner with bread, salad, spaghetti with meat sauce or Fettuccine Alfredo, and dessert.

Coming up: OCCT presents "Beauty and the Beast Jr." Nov. 10-25. Visit the website for more information.

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