By Jason A. Smith
A Clayton County domestic-violence shelter will present a fund-raiser this weekend with the help of a local restaurant and a group of local actors.
Secur'us House in Morrow will hold a dinner theater event Sunday, at The Seasons Bistro in McDonough.
The benefit will include a murder mystery, titled "Death in Them Thar Hills."
According to Secur'us House board member, Warren Tyler, attendees will be active participants in a play that will also feature members of the Henry Players.
The production tells the story of gold mine owner, Dusty Jones, of the town of Cactus Gulch. The plot, said Tyler, thickens when Jones dies at a benefit held in his honor.
"[The actors] will play the roles, and it's the job of the guests to figure out who committed the crime," Tyler said, adding that clues to the mystery will be located on each table in the restaurant.
Tyler said the inaugural dinner theater event was "one of several ideas thrown around" in efforts to raise money for local victims of domestic violence.
"That was the one that stuck," he explained.
Secur'us House provides shelter, support, counseling and advocacy for victims of family violence.
Approximately 70 people are expected to attend the benefit, which will also include remarks by Henry County Assistant District Attorney Trea Pipkin. The prosecutor said domestic-violence shelters play an important role in any community.
"Places like Secur'us House give victims of family violence a secure environment to heal, to take refuge and to begin the process of rebuilding their lives," he explained.
Tyler said Secur'us plans to hold additional theater events for more local residents in the future.
"Our hope is that when we put on another [theater fund0raiser] in the fall, we can expand to a bigger location, to have a bigger audience.
The price of admission to the dinner theater is $65 per person, and $120 per couple. A silent auction will be held at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner theater will begin at 6 p.m.
For more information, call (678) 583-4839.