Saddle up your horses, polish up your spurs and skedaddle to Valley Christian Fellowship for the murder mystery “Wrangle at Red Mountain Ranch.”
The dinner theater fundraiser is 7 p.m. April 5 and 4 p.m. April 6 at the church’s new location in the Waterloo Center, next to Walgreens.
“A dinner theater is a great way for people to get involved and invite the community to an enjoyable evening of good food and family friendly entertainment,” Director Karen Lee-Lovell said. “It will be something different, and the meal is going to be really good. It will be a fun thing to do in Gardnerville, Nevada on a Friday night.”
The mystery features big city dudes from the failing family business, Giovanni’s Ice Cream Shoppe, who venture out to an Arizona dude ranch for some corporate team building. While there, they come face-to-face with a murderer who tries to take one of the brothers’ life.
“It’s a murder mystery, but a slapstick comedy,” Lee-Lovell said. “There’s a lot of colorful characters at the dude ranch. We’re having a lot of fun creating our characters and playing off one another adding to the dynamic of the play.”
The dinner part of the night consists of barbecue tri-tip or chicken, cowboy beans, baked potato, biscuit and cobbler a la mode.
There will be an Old West photo booth available, and prizes given away throughout the night including one for best dressed cowboy couple.
All proceeds from the dinner production benefit Valley Christian Fellowship’s Western Roundup children’s summer programming.
The Western Roundups will be held in neighborhood backyards 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church.
“These fun-filled mornings will be a time of songs and games, stories, snacks and crafts all teaching kids about God’s love for them,” Lee-Lovell said. “These Roundups will be through June and July to mid-August. Invite our Roundup Team to your backyard.”
On Wednesday evenings in May, the church’s fellowship hall will be turned into a kid-sized ranch, complete with 6 feet tall Saguaro cactus and a burning campfire.
“Cowboys and cowgirls can come to the Western Roundup Ranch ready to sing around the campfire, Lee-Lovell said. “The Roundup Kids will also be learning about loving community with projects that will reach out to the homeless, ill or elderly. Wednesday Night Western Roundup will continue through mid-August until the Awana program begins.”
Children participating in the summer programs will ride on the float in this year’s Carson Valley Days Parade. For more information, call 265-4100.
Tickets for “Wrangle at Red Mountain Ranch” are $20 single, $35 couples, and $12.50 for children 12 and under.
They are available until April 3 at the church office located at 1352 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, or by calling 265-4100.