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The Appleside Community Theatre is trying something new that promises to be good fun for a good cause.

On Friday, Nov. 9, the Appleseed players will present a murder-mystery dinner theater event featuring an original play, "Principles of Murder," directed by Andrew Palm and Krissa Valentine-Harnish.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at La Crescent High School, 703 S. 11th St., and in addition to the entertainment on stage, the evening also includes dinner and dessert catered by Fazoli's.

"Principles of Murder" already was in the works as a fundraising event about six months ago. That's about when Gracey Cody, then a fifth-grader at La Crescent Elementary, came home from school and told her mother, Darcey, how strange she thought it was that the middle and high school lunches were served with disposable plastic utensils instead of the environmentally friendly stainless steel implements used in the elementary school.

An Appleseed Community Theatre board member, Darcey Cody brought her daughter's concern to the theater group, and it was decided that getting steel utensils for the higher grades was a worthy fundraiser. She subsequently took the issue to the school board, which saw merit in the in the cause and voted to transition to using reusable silverware districtwide, with help from the funds raised by the Appleseed players' murder mystery event.

Tickets for the family-friendly show are $25, $15 for those 12 and younger, and are available in the La Crescent schools community education office, at Quillin's in La Crescent and at

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Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or

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