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A Night at the Library: Old Hollywood Horror  
Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m.
Hedberg Public Library
Heavy Hors d'oeuvres \\  Wine & Beer Cash Bar \\  Live Performances \\  Dancing & More
$40 per person

It's time for the Friends of Hedberg Public Library's 13th annual mingle murder mystery fundraiser - and this year we're ready for our close-up.

It's the Golden Age of Hollywood (1940-60) - and HPL Studios is hosting an Open Casting Call for hopeful actors and actresses. Erma Shepherd, renowned director, is recruiting actors aged 18 & up to fill spots in numerous genres: noir, horror, sci-fi, comedy, drama, romance, adventure, fantasy, musical, and more. If you have talent - Ms. Shepherd is looking for YOU.

Actors/Actresses are encouraged to come dressed for the part they would like to play on the sliver screen. And honestly, ANYTHING GOES.

But beware, the back lot of a Hollywood studio is a treacherous place - and some people would practically KILL to get the part of their dreams. You may just end up helping solve a murder instead of making your big break!

THE BACKLOT TOUR (self-guided)
Explore the sets of some of HPL Studios biggest films. You may even get a peek inside the dressing room of a few stars! It's also a great opportunity to question the suspects of this gruesome crime. But no autographs, please...this is strictly business.

THE SCREEN TEST(optional)
Aspiring movie stars are invited to "audition" for a role in their favorite genre - no acting experience required! The casting directors will ask you to read a few lines, give us your best horror movie scream, and snap a headshot.

Setting: HPL Studios, Hollywood, CA
HPL Studios is a well-known hitmaker, an absolute ace at the box office. It's a hot-bed for A-listers, many of whom will be attending the casting call to scope out the competition.

THE VICTIM: Frankie Martin
One of the original bad boys, Martin runs with a fast crowd and is seldom seen without his entourage of yes-men and in-crowd groupies known as the Hot Lot.

Martin is past his expiration date - but is desperately trying to stay relevant by dabbling in becoming a producer/director himself. His motto: If you can't beat 'em - control 'em. Martin has broken a lot of hearts along the way.

Who decided to break his - permanently?

THE DETECTIVE: Georgia Marshall
A beloved actress who has continued in popularity even with age, Georgia is currently starring as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. While not formally trained as a detective, she's played one on the big screen and, therefore, she's more than qualified to solve this murder mystery - in her opinion.

THE SUSPECTS:

Erma Shepherd
No nonsense, mover and shaker - Ms. Shepherd is one of the few women directors/producers in the business. She's known for her avant-garde approach to projects - and she's not afraid to ruffle feathers to get what she wants.

Malcolm Malone
Arguably one the most popular child stars of all time, Malone appeared in the The Pals from age 5 to 15 and is now an adult starring in the struggling television series The Malcontent. Malcolm has become box office death - but people are always asking him to repeat his famous line from the Tiny Scalawags, "Aw, go iron your shoelaces!" Malcolm is under contract and believes the studio is trying to end his career by only giving him terrible roles.

Bessie Hart
America's musical sweetheart and a standard of purity and virtue - at least, that's what her contract states. Bessie is on her seventh marriage, she's a chain-smoking, hard-living, fun-loving gal who can't wait to get out of her contract. She is constantly convincing other studios to "borrow" her - a common practice between studios of loaning out their contracted actors/actresses for other projects - but usually not done quite as often as Bessie has done it.

Cecilia Sloan
A smoldering dramatic actress who has played the femme fatal in every film in which she's starred. Cecilia is a brilliant actress - although, she is always, always in character - which most people find disconcerting. She keeps eye contact a beat or three too long, laughs at her own "jokes," and goes from full speed to zero expression instantaneously.

Salvatore Bram
Disturbingly creepy character actor who has starred in over forty horror classics - including Dracula's Father, The Creature from the Purple Bog, It Came from the Landfill, and other cult classics - in fact, Bram is a very nice guy. Creepy as heck, but a real nice guy. So quiet and unassuming. When he's not acting, he spends a lot of time acquiring and categorizing his collection. Don't get him talking about his "darlings" - or you'll learn waaaay more about vintage postcards (1875-1920s) than you ever wanted to know.

Need some costume inspiration?
Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean - on the cover of a magazine. Grace Kelly, Harlow, Jean, picture of a beauty queen. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, dance on air. They had style, they had grace, Rita Hayworth gave good face. Lauren, Katherine, Lana too - Bette Davis, we love you.Ladies with an attitude...Fellas that were in the mood...Don't just stand there, let's get to it - strike a pose, there's nothing to it.

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