Photo submitted – CV Quackenbush’s Rubbed out at Ruby’s

Little Falls, NY – Little Falls Theater (LiFT) prepares to bring a cast of quirky characters to the stage at Herkimer Elks Lodge this month and they have a mission – to solve a murder! They invite you to join them on Saturday, September 15 at 7pm for a turkey dinner with a side of MURDER! Guests are encouraged to interact with the players, ask questions, collect information, and try to identify the crazed killer in the mystery, “Donate to Murder.”

This fully-original and not-so-usual “whodunnit” story is penned by Cynthia V. Quackenbush. Those familiar with her work have come to expect the unexpected. Quackenbush has written several murder mysteries throughout the years, offering more than mere entertainment. Her plays often generate a means for various organizations to fundraise such as this latest endeavor. Her resume as an author speaks for itself, demonstrating wit, talent, and a heart of gold when it comes to lifting up her community. Proceeds from this production will be shared with Herkimer Elks.

Matt Powers of LiFT explains, “We are eager to take over the Elks as we bring Cindy’s latest tale to life. The last murder mystery LiFT performed for one of her scripts was Rubbed out at Ruby’s in early 2017. By popular demand, we resurrected those characters and story a few times since. Cindy’s plays are always such fun and I feel that is due to how she individualizes each character. I have performed in her plays separately from LiFT, and every time it is a unique experience. She’s a true talent and we are fortunate to work with her!”

Quackenbush also performs in her latest mystery as Phoebe Larkspur, the bird house lady. She is joined by her husband, Steve Quackenbush who takes on the salt of the earth, dog loving character, Dudley Turnbull, who’s a little vulgar but means well. And while we are used to seeing Matt Powers in a director capacity for LiFT projects, he lets Quackenbush take the reigns as he settles into the role of the handsome Harold Greene who is a dedicated environmentalist and brilliant scientist.

Powers’ wife, Laura, joins the cast as well to bring us Flora Fertenza, a free spirit and throwback to the flower children of the 1960’s. Kim Darling is no stranger to local theater either which makes her perfect for the role of the beautiful, glamorous Meryl Barrymore who is utterly dedicated to the Art of Theater. Last but not least (although certainly the creepiest of the cast) is Renwick Spaulding who loves to show his bug collection, and is brought to life by Tucker Lester.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from PK’s Pub while you enjoy a turkey dinner and help these questionable characters try to solve a murder mystery at Herkimer Elks! Tickets are available for purchase at the Herkimer Elks downstairs bar or by calling 315-866-1439. For additional information, please visit “LiFT Theater Company” on Facebook.