Theatre Guild hosts fundraiser show for library

STAGE LEFT: Ellen Finkbeiner, and Shelly Gerring rehearse their rolls in "Mystery at the Reed City Library," which will take place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22, 23, 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m. on January 24 and 31. (Courtesy photo)
STAGE LEFT: Ellen Finkbeiner, and Shelly Gerring rehearse their rolls in "Mystery at the Reed City Library," which will take place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22, 23, 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m. on January 24 and 31. (Courtesy photo)

REED CITY — Members of the Crossroads Theatre Guild in Reed City are hosting a special performance to support the local library's endeavors to renovate and move into its new location.

The story "Mystery at the Reed City Library," centers around the theft of possessions left to the library by a wealthy widow, and features a small cast of a librarian and her assistant, played by Ellen Finkbeiner and Shelly Gerring, in different times between 1977 and the present. The script was written by local resident Maureen Watson and her family.

"It's kind of a silly play, but it's cute," said Bette Newell, member of the Reed City Area District Library Board. "It's a comedy, mystery and uses real places in Reed City."

The show will take place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22, 23, 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m. on January 24 and 31. In addition, the guild will offer music, door prizes and more for attendees.

Ron Ingraham is directing the production and encourages everyone to attend a performance.

"It's an unusual play," Ingraham said. "It's entertaining and comedic and people should enjoy it."

Newell believes seeing the production is a good option for families who are tired of the winter weather and need some new entertainment.

"We hope people in the community who enjoy theater and enjoy the library will show up," she added. "We hope people will come because they want to see the library continue in their community."

Tickets for "Mystery at the Reed City Library" can be purchased at the Reed City Area District Library, Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce and before each performance. Proceeds will benefit the library's renovation project.