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Community theater hosting fundraiser for Rotary Club

2/4/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

Hays Community Theatre is staging a dinner and murder-mystery/comedy show at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 to benefit Hays Rotary Club at Fox Pavilion, 1202 Main.

"Death and Taxes" follows a city council and mayor as they try to figure out who murdered an Internal Revenue Service agent, said Travis Grizzell, a theater board member. The characters' strained relationships with each other are fodder for many of the jokes.

The 90-minute show, directed by John Simmonds, will run approximately two hours with intermission, and the audience will have the opportunity to interact with the performance. A social with a cash bar starts the evening, and the dinner buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.

Community theater is an entertaining opportunity to see familiar faces in a new light.

"You see these people you may know in a professional aspect. ... They're someone very different on stage," Grizzell said. "It's going to be fun to watch these people."

Tickets for the evening's program are $35.

Brittany Howell, Hays Rotary Club and chairwoman for the fundraiser, said proceeds will go to causes the organization supports such as promoting literacy, eradicating polio and parks.

"It would help us raise, hopefully, significant funds so that we can help our community," Howell said.

Tickets can be bought from any Rotary member, Fort Hays State University Memorial Union Service Center at (785) 628-5306 or Hays Welcome Center at (785) 628-8202. For more information, email bjhowell@fhsu.edu.