By Jenna Shelton
Years ago I happened to be at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton on spring break with my kids when they held a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in the banquet room. They had a wonderful, delicious meal that was served after we were seated and introduced to our table mates. As we came in the door we were given a character biography with wacky lines to shout whenever we heard a certain word or if you were lucky like my nephew, you’d get a part that ended up being a main character.
After our salads were served the room went dark, when the lights came on one of the people in the room was face down on the ground! They were ‘dead’ and someone in the room was the ‘murder’. After a few scenes we were very close to deciding who the murderer was when again the lights went out. When they came back on the person we all suspected was ‘dead’ as well.
When it was all said and done, I am proud to say my nephew was the murder! I never thought I would say that but he acted so well and never let me or the rest of the kids know that he was the murderer and had known the whole time. I have always wanted to go to another Murder Mystery or Dinner Theater type event but it’s never worked out… until now.
I am excited to announce that Lewis and Clark Community College’s Student Activities will be holding a Murder Mystery via Zoom on July 24, 2020 at 7 p. m. The setting is a Christmas-in-July holiday Ugly Sweater Party. Participants are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweater, as Student Activities will be hosting an Ugly Sweater Contest during the event. Winners will receive a gift card to local restaurants that will be mailed to them.
Student Activities is still looking for participants – students, staff or faculty – to play a character. At the end of the Murder Mystery, there will be more opportunities to win gift cards for not only the best actors, but for correctly guessing the murderer and randomly for just attending.
Whether you would like to play a character or just watch the drama unfold, there should be a lot of laughs and fun as we discover not only who is murdered but who the murderer is! For more information please email Jared Hennings or Jenna Shelton.