Arrival time: Half hour before show starts
Audience participation parts handed out: Fifteen minutes before
The Show & Dinner Start Time: 1:30 Pm (matinee) 7:00 PM (evening)
The Murderer is revealed and the “Star Detective” chosen: Two hours after show starts.
The Evening Concludes: Two and 1/2 hours after start
SO I GET THERE AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS?
You are greeted by the House Manager who will check you in and help you find your table. About 15 minutes before the first Act, the Stage Manager will start circulating around, handing out one of the many audience participation parts for the fist act. You don't have to have a speaking part if you don't want to, but to truly experience the joy of a murder mystery dinner theatre, go ahead and grab one before they all go!
At SHOW TIME ACT I will begin. At this point no late seating is allowed, so be sure that you arrive before the start time of the show so that you don't miss out on any of the action. If you do happen to arrive late, the doors will be opened in between each ACT and you may be seated at that time.
The "speaking part" will be some character that is essential to the plot of the play. On your character sheet you will be given a brief description of the character and your "cue line" so you know when to stand and begin your part. When you hear your cue you will stand at your table and deliver your part however you feel it should be done. After your part is over, you will be told to sit down to thunderous applause by your peers! It's that simple and a lot of fun to interact this way! You may even win a prize for best performance by an audience member!
After ACT I, salads will be served. Then after ACT II, your main meal. After ACT III, you will be given a form and you can make your guess as to “Who Did The Dastardly Deed?” during dessert. You will also get to vote on your favorite audience performance. Those sheets will be collected during dessert and then ACT IV will begin. Various suspects will be discussed and then the killer will be revealed!
Those who correctly guess the identity of the murderer will have their names put into a drawing and if your name is drawn, you will win the prize of the evening and be announced as “The Star Detective” for that performance. An award will also be given (The Misty award) to the favorite performance by an audience member! You may even get your photo taken with the cast if you wish.
The entire evening will last about two and 1/2 hours and pictures with the actors can take place after the evening is completed. While the action is going on, no one is allowed to leave the room. There will be plenty of time between the ACTS for you to visit the bar and the restroom.
That's it! All you have to do is come, dress as your favorite mystery person or come as casual as you like. The only thing that we ask is that you don't wear flip-flops or work t-shirts so that you feel comfortable participating fully.