Candlestone murder-mystery dinner theater benefits Belding Project Graduation

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 11:28 pm on Friday, January 27, 2012

BELDING — Audience members can enjoy a delicious meal, help support a Belding High School student and may become part of the performance in “Murder at the 19th Hole” at the Candlestone Resort Saturday, Jan. 28.

Deadwood Productions, of Muskegon, will present the comedic, interactive murder mystery performance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. where audience members may become a detective or a suspect. The $40 ticket includes dinner and the show with 10 percent of the proceeds being given to Belding’s Project Graduation. Reservations are required by calling the Candlestone at (616) 794-1580 or at

“Deadwood Productions contacted Candlestone, and they contacted us about doing this. It is the first time we have tried anything like this (for fundraising) but were more than happy to add it to our other ideas,” said Mary Huyck, a parent volunteer for Project Graduation.

When reserving tickets, patrons will be able to make their selection of one of three entrees, said Spencer Huntington, Pro Shop manager at Candlestone.

Dinner includes sirloin steak, chicken or salmon, a house salad and chocolate mousse for dessert, said Huntington.

Organizers are hoping for 100 to attend, noting that Deadwood Productions has quite a following.

“It would be a nice evening out for anybody. It is not only for the parents of the (high school) students to attend,” said Huyck, “It will be a nice evening out with good food and entertainment. In the meantime, you are helping to contribute to Project Graduation.”

Graduating seniors may voluntarily participate in Project Graduation, which is an overnight senior trip following graduation.

“Putting on an event like this can be costly,” said Huyck, “We try to look for ways to reduce the cost yet still do as many fun things as possible.”

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville area resident.

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