Lions Host a “Night of Intrigue”

Past cast of "Who Will Survive the Reading of Great Grandfather Bannington’s Will."

On Saturday, October 29 the Milford Lion’s Club will be hosting an unconventional fundraiser at Sunnybrae Mansion in Milford. The “Night of Intrigue” is an interactive theatrical production where participants will speculate which actor committed the evenings’ disgraceful act.

Set in the 1880’s, the performance opens as relatives of Great Grandfather Bannington decide how to divide his estate. Things get a bit messy when the actors start to turn on each other about disagreements of which heir is entitled to the late Bannigton’s possessions.

The dark comedy mystery “Who Will Survive the Reading of Great Grandfather Bannington’s Will” is performed by an all-volunteer cast of local individuals. Actors will host twenty-minute vignettes for several groups throughout the evening at Sunnybrae Mansion.

Karen McColley, who has been a member of the Lions Club since March, suggested the production as a unique way to engage with the community. Writing the script for the performance herself, Mrs. McColley has been directing these events for several non-profit organizations over the past couple of years.

“We have had great success with these ‘Who Done It’ events at Sunnybrae for years,”commented Mrs. McColley. “People really love how the actors interact with the audience. There are thirteen actors participating in ‘The Reading of the Will’ this year who have worked very hard to put on a fun performance. New actors this year include Laurel Pator, Jodi Sleva, Gail Watkins-Berry and Jack Simon.”

Participants of the event will enjoy music, delicious food and drinks and prizes while they try to figure out the evening’s mystery and are encouraged to dress up in costume themselves. Proceeds raised from this event, hosted by the Milford Lion’s Club, will benefit youth disability programs at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club.

Individuals can purchase tickets for the interactive performance of “Who Will Survive the Reading of Great Grandfather Bannington’s Will” for $25, $45 per couple, by calling Karen at 302-393-1468 or Jack Simon at 302-422-2132. Checks can be made payable to Milford Lion’s Club, c/o Jodi Sleva, 801 N. Walnut Street, Milford, DE 19963.


Sunnybrae Mansion