Have you done a Mystery Dinner Before? Once before in a makeshift room at a hotel where each of the guest was assigned a part in the production. How about you? Great fun, laughable, comedy evening out with strangers for dinner and theater.
Arrived at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows at 6:30pm as requested greeted by a Young man in overalls LOUDLY announces ORLANDO in the house. He did this for each guest arriving, turning to others from that same city. This was funny because of reactions of others. I would wave my hand when he nodded my way for additional Orlando visitors. This became a joke line for him.
There was a table of cheese, watermelon, cantaloupe cubes and wraps of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, other cheese sliced thinly as finger food. Drinks could be purchased at the bar while we waited to be seated inside at 7pm. The storyline of the shows vary throughout the week. This night was Lord Mansfield’s Fox Hunt Banquet. Everyone is sat at a table with others so you meet a variety of people from other places which is a nice addition to a night out. There was laughter throughout as the actors interacted with people as we were seated.
At your table setting is a presentation pamphlet describing the story of the Banquet, the characters, and a notice to PAY close attention to all we see and hear. The interactions are fun and joyful especially if they are picking on someone else. The laughter bonds those in the room with the characters as they flitter and flutter throughout the room. This whole scenario helps create the illusion of being at a banquet and part of this story. The story has a beginning, middle, and end which I don’t want to spoil with details here. The clues and story are weaved together with significant small things to have noticed and made conclusions on.
We were instructed to come up with questions for the characters while we ate dinner. We were to figure out who was the murderer. The questions were limited to one per table and ranged in complexity of absurdity to being on target to actually finding out more information. Some people seemed to be distracted by other things or people in the room. Their questions brought more laughter. Most questions did not get us closer. Each person then filled out their own paper with
- Who did it?
- With what object?
Those who got it correct were given a chip of varying colors. Then a color was announced and the winner got a magnifying glass as the super Sleuth. The others got a small police badge pin. The rest of us could buy things in the gift shop. No I did not guess the right person or object but one person at the table did.
The dinner choices are made when making reservations. Everyone gets a salad which was tasty and enjoyable. My pick for dinner was Lasagna with meatballs, vegetables, and garlic bread. I was very happy with my choice as it was tasty and garlic bread finished off the presentation. Soft drinks, beer, or wine are part of your dinner. The prime rib did not look great and when I asked the person having it next to me How was it? He said Ok with a flipping of his hand back and forth. I took that to be So-so. I had been glad that I did not pick it. The Cornish hen was like a little chicken. Did not get a chance to ask the one person who ordered out of the nine of us. There were no hot or cold hors d’oeuvres that I could tell.
Desert is also included: Chocolate cake, key lime pie, and something else.
This was an enjoyable evening and I would recommend going with a coupon or other discounted ticket. Many of the coupon books around the street or at the Visitor center or even online will get you in for less. AAA might have a discount or your hotel. As part of ASTA TheTradeshow at the Convention Center, I was able to attend with my Convention Badge and paid gratuity.
Eileen Ludwig, travel writer of Freelance Tourist brings to the world insights about places to travel, discounts, Staycations, Restaurant Reviews, movie reviews, and fascinating tibits. She is owner of three other sites: Photography, Web Design School, and Social Media School Each are in different stages of development and evolution.