Community play serves up pie themed murder mystery

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Murder at the Pie Auction is set in the small town of Mynute, Alaska.
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Barbara Butler helps prepare pies for guests at the event.
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The play centers around Mother Mabel’s Pie Baking Contest and Auction.
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Appetizers were available preceding the event including deviled eggs, deli meats and chips.
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Malcom Wessing thanks the community and the actors prior to the performance.
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Crystal Hiser, left, played Phoebe Muffet and Laurie Diller, right, played Minaret Towers. In this scene Muffet and Towers discuss how they think the pie auction will go.
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Derek Whitacre, who played Mark Tucker, explains to Felicity Hubbard, played by Rosanne Miller, why the auction was accidentally scheduled in a remote town.
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Hiser’s character talks about how she pines for Mason Robbin’s character Roger Marble.
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Eve Simone, played by Gabby Coon, breaks the news that the romance between her and Marble is gone, using a series of pie related puns.
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Guy Templeton, a pie judge played by Tom Clovin, ends his relationship with famous pie critic Julia Lyle, played by Jane Handrich.
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Whitacre’s character takes care of a shrew the size of a shoe in the kitchen.
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Jody Coon played star of the stage and screen Rex Roberts in the play. In this scene Roberts is exhausted following a long flight to the small town.
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Handrich’s character is the victim of a cherry pie explosion in the kitchen.
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Coon’s character breaks the news of a pie contest judge murdered prior to the auction.
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Miller’s character welcomes the audience to the pie auction.
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Handrich’s character is not happy with her second place finish in the contest.
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The play’s pie auction allowed audience members to bid on pies. Coon’s character hands out a pie to audience member Kevin Salsbury.
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Robertson, who reveals himself as an investigator for the Baltimore Police Department, interrogates Simone about the murder of Guy Templeton.
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Diller’s character admits to the cherry bomb in the kitchen, but claims to not have committed the murders.
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Whitacre’s character breaks down when interrogated by Robertson.
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Laura Shepherd, who traveled from Frankenmuth to attend the event, bids on a pie following the play.
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Audience members and actors mingled after the show, eating the many pie samples that were available.
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MIO — Murder at the Pie Auction, a play written by Michael Druce and director by Malcom Wessing, allowed local actors to show off their skills Feb. 25-26. The play centered around a pie baking contest in the fictional town of Mynute, Alaska. The play allowed the audience to get involved in a pie auction during and preceding the play. Pie samples and appetizers were also available to attendees.

Proceeds from the pie themed murder mystery went to Love In the Name of Christ with. Love INC director Laurie Diller said pies were auctioned off for typically $35-60. However, she said two pies were auctioned off on opening night for over $100 each. Diller said 167 bought tickets for the play’s opening night.

“Everyone went out with a smile on their face,” Diller said of the event.

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