Book club doubles as detectives

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Commentary by McKenna Rex

The Murder House book club field trip, I enjoyed fully. It took place in the beautiful, Longview Manor, after 3rd hour last Tuesday, Oct. 28. Group pictures were taken in the front garden with the other high schools, Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North. In the front garden, I took pictures of the fountain and the autumn leaves with my friends. With the twelve dollars paid, we got lunch, transportation, and a t-shirt that read “ Books, Food, Friends, and Murder”.  LSW actors and culinary students were there to give us food and entertainment.

West students represent the readers of their school while posing for a picture pre-event. Along with LSN and LS book clubs, West enjoyed live entertainment, good food, and a fun time.
West students represent the readers of their school while posing for a picture pre-event. Along with LSN and LS book clubs, West enjoyed live entertainment, good food, and a fun time.

The play went along with the book Ten, the book club book of September; The author, Gretchen McNeil, gave a special message to us that she was excited we are having a lunch party over her book and that she was sorry she could not attend. The play was about a group of people, invited by a mysterious man Mr. Owen, who had invited them to his house on Solder Island. The guests were killed in order of the nursery rhyme, Ten Little Soldier boys, while guests made accusations against others.

As more deaths added up, the sanity and panic of the characters grew. We watched a murder mystery where after each act, we would guess the murderer.Our group was lead by a ”detective” that helped us vote on actors and make decisions; each group was given 3 lives for 3 guesses. My group died the first round, but for the second and third we managed to stay alive.

At the end of act 2, lunch was announced by the librarians. We ate potatoes filled with either chili or meatballs, chips and dip, and fruit kabobs. For drinks, we had lemonade and water; finally for dessert pumpkin spice cupcakes and M&M cookies. The food was amazing and was the best thing I’ve had all week.

Overall, The theater group gave a great performance and the field trip was worth the money I paid.

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