The local youth drama group Shoestring Productions Theatrical Troupe will present "Murder Runs in the Family" by Pat Cook. The show is scheduled to run at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 N. Bartlett St., Medford.

The local youth drama group Shoestring Productions Theatrical Troupe will present "Murder Runs in the Family" by Pat Cook. The show is scheduled to run at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 N. Bartlett St., Medford.

The zany Pallfeather family has more than its share of murderous mayhem going on around it — and way too many crazy one-liners.

Wisecracking, clumsy detective Jack Sparks (played by Aaron Hreha) lands the job of protecting Heather Pallfeather (played by Karlie Bigham), a naïve young woman whose stepfather died mysteriously.

The play takes place the night the Pallfeathers gather to hear the reading of the stepfather's will.

But which will will it be? The one switched by the ex-con son-in-law and his wife? The one swapped by the estranged stepsister, Maxine? Or one of the other "wills" also exchanged by other colorful characters?

At the reading of the will, Sparks masquerades as Heather's fiancé, and sifts through a mad house of suspects while victims drop dead all around him.

Sparks quickly wishes he had his old job writing greeting cards as he discovers that as far as the Pallfeathers go, murder runs in the family.

A short theatrical presentation will be presented before "Murder Runs in the Family," thanking the troupe's sponsors.

Jeannie Everingham began Shoestring Productions in 1993 when her own children wanted to produce a play. They performed a play for Talent Night with the Jackson County Home Educators.

The idea grew to provide a place for young people to experience all aspects of theater, enhancing social skills, public speaking, creativity and confidence.

Everingham now produces two plays a year with about 25 children from 12 to 19 years old.

Shoestring Productions Theatrical Troupe is appropriately named because the plays are done "on a shoe string."

The troupe doesn't have a permanent home, although Cornerstone Christian Church has been allowing them to rehearse and perform there.

Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door.

Call 941-0167 or 301-9717.