Murder mystery and fishing tournaments

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Turn Clue’s game into a play and you have the masterful entertainment, Murder’s in the Heir, a Placer Community Theater production opening May 6 at Overmiller Hall in Auburn. In this interactive, comedic murder mystery, nearly every character has the weapon, opportunity, and motive to commit the unseen murder. And it’s up to you, the audience, to decide who actually did it.

Each of the heirs of the tyrannical billionaire, Simon Starkweather, has both the means and the motive to get rid of them. When Starkweather gathers his family and employees to announce the contents of his will, his lawyer Lois van Zandt, reveals that he bequeathed his vast fortune to his confused niece Fiona; his playboy son Jordan; his great-niece Paula a Southern belle and his grandson Simon III, as well as to his many servants. Then Lois delivers the bomb – within hours it will become invalid. Of course, the rejected heirs aren’t satisfied, so it’s no surprise that they roam the old mansion with items such as an axe, a gun, and poison. Predictably, the lights go out and Simon is discovered murdered.

This production, written by Billy St. John and directed by Steve Whittaker, also has a local angle. Divide’s resident and established theater actress Julie Rosch always puts a unique spin on the characters she portrays, so I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday May 6 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 12, 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8 and 15 at the Overmiller Hall, 710 Auburn Ravine Road. Assigned seats are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tables for four, with complimentary wine service, are available for $150, in advance only. Tickets are available at placercommunitytheatre.org.

Dr Pepper is in our neighborhood hosting the first annual Winner-Take-All High School Showdown in Folsom Lake on Sunday, May 22. This invitational tournament features the top team from Oakdale, Vista del Lago, NorCal, Del Oro and Golden Sierra. high schools compete for a $500 scholarship. Representing Golden Sierra and decked out in Dr. Pepper swag, will be the best Bassmasters team of Jon Loya and his partner Earl Nattrass. The weigh-in will take place at the Folsom Walmart SuperCenter, co-sponsors of this event and the Walmart “Mega-Cash” Classic Pro Tournament, weigh-in at the same time.

Also scheduled for Sunday at the SuperCenter, Angler’s Press Outdoors will host a large outdoor exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring outdoor vendors, demonstrations, camping, boat and RV displays, food and music and raffles every hour. For children, Daiwa-Gamakatsu will hold a cornhole throwing contest and Fishman’s Warehouse will have a Catch and Release fishing pond, perfect for introducing youngsters to this healthy outdoor activity. There will be plenty for the whole family to do while waiting to cheer on our Grizzly Bassmasters in the spectacular weigh-in procession as they show off their catch of the day.

In case you were wondering, there is a future to be found in competitive fishing. The Mega-Cash event mentioned above will allow one of the 10 teams to earn big money and notoriety for bass fishing skills. $10,000 in cash will be awarded to the winning team and $2,000 in cash will be awarded to the biggest fish in the event. And even if you lose, you can win with a $1,000 cash prize awarded to the last team.

So keep your lines wet, your tips, and pass on your knowledge to a youngster.

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