Hello, This is my frist day at this forum, and I hope to find some good advice!
I'm going to be hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Party in October. This will be the first of many open to public parties I hope to have.
I'm a little way into the planning and what I've come up with so far is...
I'll send invited to 100 people in my area. Asking them to RSVP within 2 weeks. Tickets will cost $20 and include the murder mystery, dinner, and dessert. Also the cost of the ticket will pay for prizes given away for best dressed, best acting, and the person who solves the murder. After I receive my RSVPs, I'm hoping for 50. I'll than send them their ticket, and the info they need about the night.
I was thinking I could add on the RSVP they could pick the type of character they want to play.. Large Role, Small Role, No role at all, just a detective.
They layout of the night will be...
Guests walk in , recieve any additional information they may need for the night. Find a table and sit down to enjoy appetizers.
I than take the mic and explain how everything is going to work, and we get started on the mystery.
After 30 minutes 1 hour, however long it takes the complete the first part of the mystery, guests will sit down and have dinner.
Here they will have a chance to share clues, ask more questions if they are lucky enough to sit next to a main character, etc.
then the second half of the myster.
Then everyone sits down for dessert, at this time they can continue sharing and gathering information. By the end of dinner guests will have to fill out information cards where they decide who is the guilty party, and vote on best acting, best costumes etc.
Once everyone is finished I'll collect them and have a few people tallying the votes, while that is going on I can talk and thank everyone for joining us and explain the murder.
Once everything is tallied up I'll reveal the winners and hand over prizes and the night is over..
All that sounds like a great plan to me, except I can find a murder mystery that works with 50 people. Also I don't know if i'd be better off just getting actors to play the parts and having the guests just watch. (because I have a larger group)
If you have any advice, suggestions, dos or don'ts please comment!
Aug 8, 2010 at 8:37 PM
Posted on: Aug 9, 2010 at 6:16 AM
Proud Annie Mystery Theatre
And Bed & Breakfast & Horse Motel
920 Old Boones Creek Road
Jonesborough TN 37659 (423) 753-3735
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(A general guideline)
Proud Annie is a historically designated property built in 1857 (pre-War Between the States)
Proud Annie’s format is unique from any other dinner theatre that we are aware. All plays are comedy-mystery and audience-interactive with a clue hunt and awards presentations served with a six-course gourmet dinner including non-alcoholic beverages. However we are a BYOB facility for alcohol. We are not licensed to sell alcohol or even give it away. But if patrons are over 21 yrs they may bring what they like.
Actors never break character (never say never) until after curtain call.
All admissions are credit card pre-paid and we do try not to deal with payment at the theatre (all focus is on the performance & food taste experience)
Patrons’ theatre experience begins as they cross the threshold of the front door. They are asked to sign the guestbook with an e-mail address and photos taken during the evening are e-mailed the next day or so.
They are escorted to their table where their receipt is in an envelope for them. They may be introduced to other patrons at nearby tables.
Their beverages are served and three courses (appetizers, soup & salad) are individually served and plates removed upon completion of each course.
They are presented Act I
Sorbet and entrées are served. Dinnerware is removed from the tables.
They are presented Act II that contains a murder or some other mystery is presented.
Then the Host or Hostess provides each table a “Clue Packet.” Each table is a detective team and attempts to answer the questions, find the clues and solve the mystery presented. (Their desserts are served during this time.) They turn in their “Solution Sheets” (answers) and they are graded.
Act III (“Solution Scene”) is presented depicting a confession, an arrest, or the suspect is shot down, or whatever.
Curtain call / Awards ceremony / We usually offer four categories;
1. The Chicken Award – goes to the person who screamed the loudest or jumped the highest during gunshots. They are presented with a rubber chicken.
2. Clueless Award – the team that had no clue of what happened are given brain food “chocolate”
3. Runner-Ups or First Losers – they are given crossword puzzle books and Proud Annie pens to sharpen their brain power.
4. Winners – are given Proud Annie T-shirts, Proud Annie Ball Caps or Proud Annie canvas totes, coffee mugs or dollars off coupons.
Our slogan on the website is “Proud Annie…the most fun you can have with your clothes on!” www.proudannie.com
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