By Amy McNeal
Why host the same old dinner party, when you can have a party that will keep your guests on the edge of their seats. A murder mystery dinner party will give your guests an evening to remember as they work together to untangle the clues and find the murderer. Part comedy, part drama, all fun!
Whodunnit for Hire
This troupe of traveling players brings the murder mystery fun to you. Whodunnit for Hire will come to your corporate event or private party. The troupe prefers not to have a stage, but instead offers you the option to choose what level of interaction that your guests have with the actors. You can choose to have an entirely actor-based murder mystery play performed at your event, or a murder mystery game that involves your guests to the hilt. If you’ve just got a few gregarious attendees for your event and the majority of your guests would prefer to be observers, the option of having just a few of your guests in the play is available too.
Whodunnit for Hire has several already available event scripts for you to choose from, or the company will create a fresh script that fits your event theme. The troupe’s available scripts allow you to opt for different themes and locations. “Murder On The Vine” is a wine themed murder mystery with a Sherlock Holmes feel. “The Great Clue Murder” is based on the classic board game, and offers plenty of opportunities for your guests to participate in the play. Your guests will get to meet the board game characters and hand out lots of “bribe” money. In the “Politics Can Be Murder” show, your guests are treated to a mock political debate that places one of your guests in the position of politician – and murder suspect. “Team Building Gone Awry” is designed for corporate retreats. The show offers your guests the opportunity to work together to solve the crime and uses team building games and exercises as part of the storyline. “As Luck Would Have It” is designed to be staged in a location that offers more than one room for the show. This voodoo themed event is the most audience participation intensive and best for a group where everyone will want to be involved. Whodunnit for Hire can create a unique show for your event, but this requires a few weeks of lead time for writing and rehearsal.
Your murder mystery dinner party is held in the location of your choice, and no stage is required. The troupe brings all of their costumes, props and accouterments with them to run the show. Whodunnit for Hire does not handle food for your event. They’ll work around your serving schedule. Since actors cannot live on praise alone, expect to include food for 5 -6 actors in your catering plan. At the conclusion of your play, Whodunnit for Hire will present the winning “detective” among your guests with a Super Sleuth award certificate. The company suggests offering other themed prizes for your guests, like paper detective hats and toy magnifying glasses. They can provide you with information to get these party favors. Whodunnit for Hire suggests allowing 2.5 hours for your event. Pricing for hosting a murder mystery dinner party varies by the event. Their traditional full cast show starts at $1,500 and requires a non-refundable deposit.
Amy McNeal is a writer and journalist living in Bowie, Md. A Baltimore native, she’s constantly intrigued by her city’s vibrant and unique culture.