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An occasional dinner party with friends and family strengthens bonds and keeps connections open in human relationships. Dinner parties, however, can also be vehicles of creativity and fun! They are the adult equivalent of playtime when work has ended and socialization begins. Celebrate your dinner parties with murder mystery games and adult-oriented themes. Find articles about dinner party planning tips and ideas at DayCelebration!

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How To Write and Host A Murder Mystery Dinner Party - Part 2


How To Write and Host Your Own Large Group Murder Mystery Party
(For Parties of 20 or More) Part 1

By Susan Haley

From Writing the Murder Mystery Dinner Party Game - A Recipe for the Perfect Murder

CASTING YOUR MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTY GAME

You need to pick role players that are gregarious, creative, outgoing and trustworthy (you want them to take on the role with enthusiasm and you want them to show up on the night of the "show".) They'll have full knowledge of the script and should receive the script ahead of time and be prepared to rehearse it at least once. I usually write a script based on whom I'm going to cast. For example, if you know that you have a gal who loves playing the sex pot, then write a character who's a sex pot take to the role with great zest and enthusiasm.

The rest of your guests will take on the role of detective and it will be their job to figure out whodunit. As you can see, everyone, from primary suspects to guest detectives will actively be involved in the mystery.

Watch my little mystery movie here to see what I mean: www.haleyproductions.com/movie.html. By the way, that's me playing Savannah Sugarbaker (in the bad prom dress and cowboy hat).


GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR YOUR PRIME SUSPECTS

Include these guidelines with your script:

GUEST PARTICIPATION: Because it's your guests' job to solve this whodunit, you want to involve them as much as possible by allowing them to ask you questions, follow you, examine clues and do whatever they need to do to solve the case. Involve them whenever possible in your arguments & conversations with other suspects. When you're accused of murder, for example, you can use a guest as your alibi. Mingle and chat, as you would do in a normal social situation only this time you're "in character". You're no longer "Sue" but "Ingrid" and don't let the guests tell you otherwise! "Sue" might never tell a guest who was accusing her of murder to go jump in a lake but "Ingrid" might.

HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF: First, highlight your part. Next, go through the script a few times to get familiar with what you're supposed to do and when you're supposed to do it. Then run it with the rest of the prime suspects so you get a feel for the other characters and how the sequence is supposed to unfold. Practice all physical actions (safety first!) Your audience, depending on how much they get involved, can distract you (in a fun way) because they're so enthusiastic to be a part of it all and solve the case.

WEAR A WATCH: Stick to the times. If you don't stick to the times then you'll find yourself rushing the sequence and soon you'll have no action left but the wrap and the guests are still getting used to the idea of participating in a murder mystery! Use a "cheat sheet" (small cue card) if you need to while mingling with your guests. I'd advise you not to take your complete scripts out in full view of your guests. If a guest gets a hold of the script, the mystery is blown. DO NOT HESITATE TO LEAVE THE ROOM AT ANY TIME TO CHECK YOUR SCRIPT IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. That's the glory of improv: you can leave the "stage" if you need to and just pick up where you left off at any time!

CHARACTERS: REMEMBER, in a good mystery, everyone has to have motive, means and opportunity to be a suspect. Act like the suspect that you are!

ACCUSATIONS: Everyone should be clear on everyone else's motives so you can effectively accuse each other of murder.

ONE LAST NOTE: KEEP THE ACTION MOVING AROUND THE ROOM SO ALL THE GUESTS SEE AND HEAR WHAT'S HAPPENING. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN YOU'RE ARGUING, STORM AWAY AND TAKE UP THE ARGUMENT IN ANOTHER PART OF THE ROOM.

Remember have fun, let go, be outrageous, and enjoy playing these parts and your guests will automatically follow your lead. More advice and tips are here: http://www.murder-mystery-game.com/mysterytips.html.

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