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RHS Drama Club Plans Murder Mystery Dinner
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Three different, unrelated departments on the Riverbank High School campus are joining forces to present a murder mystery experience next month.

The Drama Club and Culinary Arts classes, along with Multimedia classes, are working together to make Saturday, April 13, a lucky night at the Blackbox Theatre on campus.

The drama folks are staging a memorial celebration in the theatre, in honor of Charles Hemingsworth, who just recently passed away, according to instructors.

The 7 p.m. event will include dinner and attendees are advised to “dress to the nines.”

That’s where the Culinary Arts folks come in, creating the dinner menu.

Also, the multimedia students will participate by preparing Hemingsworth’s appearance.

See, ‘Charles Hemingsworth’ is the rich business tycoon character from 1929, portrayed by RHS senior Tyler Williams. He has been ‘murdered’ before the production begins, and dinner guests at the memorial will have to help figure out which of the suspects committed the dastardly deed.

And, according to Drama Instructor Lezlie Aker, there is a video presentation Hemingsworth made to be shown at the ‘memorial,’ where he explains why he thinks he may have been murdered.

And she said, “other members of cast have been lured to his ‘memorial’ under false pretenses, only to discover that they are suspects.”

At present, only one day for a performance has been announced, April 13 at 7 p.m., so Aker suggests those interested in the limited number of tickets possible make reservations by e-mailing her, at

Ticket price is $20, but she says tables for eight diners can be reserved, as well.

In the past, Riverbank and surrounding area theatergoers enjoyed murder mysteries produced by Rio Arts, in 2007 and 2008, at the Del Rio Theatre, while it was still in the control of the Riverbank Redevelopment Agency.