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Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah whodunit play draws a crowd

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— A man has died under suspicious circumstances, alone in a locked garage. Household staff, Martha Lysol and Percy Wateryard, hoping for a windfall from his will make promises they may not keep. Then two women breeze into town claiming to be the victim’s long-lost daughters. Crazy Aunt Jemmy Jean, the victim’s sister, seems stuck in the past. A swaggering small-town sheriff, searches for clues and struggles to get to the bottom of it, with help from an intrepid news reporter, Freida Post, as bodies pile up.

Such is the plot from Kamiah Characters latest theater production, a clever whodunit called, “Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will.” A large audience ranging in age from small children to high school students, parents and other community members enjoyed a fun and entertaining show on Friday. Acting in live theater is so great for teenagers because it allows them to step outside themselves and try a new personality. Congrats to students Terren Acheson-Taylor, Cecily Puckett, Maya Engledow, Alexis Morris, Kara Dow, Caden Massey, Octavio Serecero, Kennedy Farris, Chance Taylor, Laura Dow, Hailey Robinson, Darby Medal, Ryle Hutchins, Brandon McHone, Benjamin Dunning, Sarah Bytheway and Bach Pham. Teachers Jody Dow and Taylie Hopkins did a wonderful job directing the play. If you missed seeing the show last week, you have one more chance, they have added one final show on Friday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens. Homemade baked goods will be sold at intermission.


KHS Kids Get Into Character Free Press / Norma Staaf Kamiah High School students put on the play “Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will” Friday night, Jan. 12. The play will also be performed this Friday, Jan. 19. Here (top) Sheriff Harold Tyred (Caden Massey), Cleo Patrelle 2 (Sarah Bytheway) and crazy Aunt Jemmy Jean (Hailey Robinson) react to a gun pointed at them; (left) Kara Dow as Martha Lysol (the cleaning woman); and (above, right) are Laura Dow, Ryle Hutchins and Sarah Bytheway.

With the #MeToo movement in full swing across the country, many people are raising their voices against sexual misconduct and sexual violence. In Kamiah our local YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) is a non-profit social service organization providing counseling and support for women. In order to support the YWCA’s mission, Muse Media is looking for Clearwater Valley artists, artisans and creators who want to exhibit (and sell) their work with February’s art theme “What does Equality Mean to You?” February’s art exhibition is open to artists of all ages and experiences. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds of each art piece sold will be donated to support our local YWCA’s program.

If you would like to be part of the exhibition, submit your artwork (with a sale price) and a one paragraph statement explaining how your piece expresses what equality means. All artwork should be submitted to Muse Media, at 410 Main Street by January 31st. If you have questions or want to discuss your art project, stop by Muse Media or contact Lauren Paterson at 208-935-5251 or by e-mail,

To learn more about programs provided by the YWCA, contact Kamiah area advocate Ashlei Ryan at 208-935-0044 or by e-mail or visit The 24-hour hotline is 1-800-669-3176 if you or someone who, you know needs immediate help.


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