Murder Mystery Fundraiser to Benefit the American Red Cross

Rogers State University will host “Every Vote Counts,” a murder mystery benefitting the American Red Cross where audience members become detectives to figure out who did it and why.

The cast and crew of “Every Vote Counts” by local playwright Mark Ogle features local actors and actresses, including two RSU employees and a student.

The show runs March 7 and 8 at Will Rogers Auditorium on the RSU campus in Claremore. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the curtain goes up at 7 p.m. both nights.

The play takes place at the mansion of Walter Smithson, one of the richest and most powerful men in the state in the 1950s. Smithson, played by RSU Executive Director of Enrollment Management David Barron, is announcing his candidacy for governor. “Every Vote Counts” takes audience members on the journey to discover some potentially homicidal skeletons in Smithson’s closet.

RSU audiences may also recognize cast member David Hoffman, who serves as RSU Prospective Student Services Representative. Directing the production is veteran community theatre director Dan Huey and RSU student Kessiah Neff of Claremore is serving as assistant director.

“It’s hard to believe, but we have been performing these murder mystery fundraisers regularly since 1998 for very worthwhile causes, like college scholarships, foster children and now the American Red Cross. I really appreciate the loyal following we have gotten over the years,” Ogle said.

“Every Vote Counts” is sponsored by RSU and the Rotary Club of Claremore. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can only be purchased at the door. For more information, please call 918-344-8442.