The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 22, 2014

A fundraiser to die (laughing) for

By Lisa Shrewsberry
Lifestyles Editor

— For those with an entertainment preference leaning more toward the light-hearted, this year’s ARH Foundation production is an entrée of mayhem served with a side of murder, explains “Intrigue at the Hospital” co-writer Ted Weigel.

On Thursday, a launch party at Pasquale’s brought last year’s inaugural murder mystery cast together with this year’s.  The pre-event hosted not only present and former cast but stakeholders in Beckley ARH Hospital, together celebrating a successful continuation of Beckley ARH Hospital improvements.

The upcoming Friday, March 28, dinner and show at Tamarack Conference Center will complete renovation of the lobby of the hospital, an upgrade adding to already completed renovations totaling over $9 million.

As WV Marketing and Service Excellence Manager of Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc., Weigel’s role in conceptualizing, co-writing and co-producing a comedy with playwright Karen Vuranch had him browsing through time to his days spent in the television news and entertainment business.

Much like the show’s characters, staying true to their past and current lives, Weigel’s character amply spoofs his 11-year career in news with a Ron Burgundy-inspired role. The project itself relied on his 20-year experience as a professional musician and entertainer, over half spent based in Las Vegas and touring coast-to-coast.  Although comedy was Weigel’s livelihood then, now it becomes an opportunity for the ARH facility and the community he serves.

“When you walk in the front door of the hospital, there will be much more of a ‘wow!’ factor with these renovations. It’s a major undertaking and one we feel is important for the people waiting to get admitted,” he said.

Following a satirical storyline that has Weigel, Vuranch and local celebrities Donna Williams, Barb Kyle, Victor Flanagan and Dr. David Blaine poking soap-operatic fun at hospitals and at themselves, they’ll earn their acting chops in interactive live and pre-produced segments, each playing two distinct roles with very different personalities.

“Everybody’s character ties into who they are now or who they were before,” states Weigel. “This is definitely more of a comedy and less of a murder mystery.”

Tickets for “Intrigue at the Hospital” are $100 each, including a 5 p.m. cocktail reception, 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. show.  A reserved table for 10 guests is $1,000 and $250 VIP package sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Cathy Criddle at 304-255-3394 or ccriddle@arh.org.