Bulletin Staff Report

The first dinner theater to be held at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the campus.

The play, “Mercantile — The Everything Store,” is a tongue-in-cheek look at the daily operations of a retail business that sells just about everything - except what the customers want.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the play will start at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public with advance reservations.

The play will be part of an evening that will include a brisket dinner and a silent auction, according to Penny Riggs, community relations coordinator at the Ron Jackson Complex. She and volunteer Amy Riggs are directing the play.

The meal will be a brisket dinner cooked by Paul Coghlan, Vicki Smith, Dot Lewis and Dorothy Roberts, and served by the youth from the school’s culinary arts class. Music will be provided by the RJSJCC girl’s choir.

“The cast wrote a lot of the play and has worked very hard,” Penny Riggs said.

All proceeds from the dinner theater go to the Ron Jackson Complex Community Advisory Council, which in turn uses the money to help the youth of the RJSJCC. The council provides a Christmas stocking to each youth on Christmas morning, graduation pictures and receptions for youth earning their GED or high school diploma. It also provides bus tickets and motel stays for parents of youth who can’t afford to visit their child.

“Come have a laugh with us and help the Community Advisory Council provide these special items to the youth,” Penny Riggs said.

Tickets may be reserved by calling her at 641-4240.