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story.lead_photo.caption FILE PHOTO/ANDY SHUPE Jules Taylor (right), a longtime performer and instructor, works with actors Ethan Fox, 11 (from left); Sophie Moody, 12; Haleigh Staley, 11; and Josie Riggins, 11, as they stage an original musical theater piece during Musical Theater Camp at Arts Live Theatre in Fayetteville. The Die Laughing Gala murder mystery dinner June 8 will benefit the longtime children's theater.

Guests will be asking "Whodunnit?" at the Die Laughing Gala murder-mystery dinner to benefit Arts Live Theatre. The annual adults-only benefit for the children's and youth theater company, scheduled for June 8 at the Fayetteville Town Center, will feature entertainment from Tableside Theatre, food, live and silent auctions.

The nonprofit organization's mission is "to empower children and enrich lives through excellence in children's theater and education." The group, founded in 1983, offers arts education and performance opportunities for children ages 5 through 18. Arts Live offers more than 50 classes and workshops for more than 400 children annually.

Die Laughing Gala

Who: Arts Live Theatre

What: Murder mystery dinner, live and silent auctions, drinks

When: June 8

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Tickets: $50

Attire: Cocktail casual

Information: (479) 521-4932 or artslivetheatre.com

Proceeds will help support the theater's scholarship fund and programming. Partial and full scholarships cover class, camp and participation fees. According to the scholarship application, "The Bumpin Scholarship Fund of Arts Live Theatre was established in 2003 to offer need-based scholarships to students interested in participating in Arts Live Theatre classes or productions."

The company will offer one-week summer camps for grades K-2, 2-4, 5-8, 5-12 and 8-12 beginning June 17 through Aug. 9. The two-week Willy Wonka Jr. Musical Theatre Camp for grades 3-12 will begin July 15 with performances July 26 and 27.

-- CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

cschoppmeyer@nwadg.com

NAN Our Town on 06/06/2019

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