Annual Melodrama takes on killer twist this year |

Annual Melodrama takes on killer twist this year

The Melodrama-turned-Murder-Mystery group hard at work at the first meeting and read-through. Performances are Feb. 26-28 and March 4-6.
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It’s that time of year, readers. Those Melodrama-turned-Murder-Mystery people have had their first meeting and read-through. Rehearsals are starting soon. Murder in the Museum will be performed in the main gallery six times starting Feb. 26.

You were used to our Melodramas, but this year we are presenting something new. We’d like to welcome you to a gathering of six of the world’s greatest mystery detectives to play a little game, which just may have some unexpected consequences. You will have an opportunity to participate, and perhaps help solve a murder. Whodunnit, and why, and how? That’s the mystery, and it may not be . . . elementary.

What: “Murder in the Museum”

Where: Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center

When: Feb. 26, 27, and 28 and March 4, 5, and 6

Who: ?

Why: ?

Tickets are on sale now at the CV Museum for $15 for DCHS Members, $20 for non-members. Performance times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. Saturday Matinee. Doors will open one hour prior to the performances. There is no reserved seating, but ticket holders can reserve their own seats when the doors open for each performance. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar featuring wine, beer, sodas and water. Call 782-2555 to purchase tickets by phone.

Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. is our next Family Day. We are presenting our Young Chautauqua program to all parents and school aged kids from third grade on up. Come find out what Young Chautauqua is all about. This is a free program teaching the kids to research a famous character’s life and then go on to perform that information in front of various audiences. If your child has a flair for the dramatic (and what child doesn’t?) this is the program you want.

Feb. 11 is the next Second Thursday Lecture. In honor of Black History month, our guest speaker will be Helen Townsell-Parker. She is the founder of the Westbrook Foundation and author of “A Cry For Help,” the story of the struggles and victories of the Black Springs community. Her book chronicles the fifty-years of documented history of a once small but mighty black community located north of Reno. Doors will open at 6 and the lecture will start at our new time of 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for non-members.

Meanwhile Women in History nominations are still being taken. Applications are available at the museum as well as online at Deadline for applications is March 1 and the reception announcing the honorees is March 19.

All monies donated to the Douglas County Historical Society are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The DCHS subsists primarily on donations, a small annual appropriation from Douglas County, and grants from public and private sources. We are here solely to preserve the history of Douglas County from the Valley to the Lakes and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555, or visit our website at

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