By Maggie Ziemann, Holly Petrovich, Bridget Truskey, Andrew Dolgin
Reggie the Redbird, in the Bone, with the candlestick! Maybe he’s not the one “whodunnit,” but that will be up to you to figure out as the University Program Board hosts the Murder Mystery Dinner on campus this month.
The annual event hosted by UPB is staged at 5:45 p.m. November 15. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Prairie Room at the Bone Student Center.
What’s better than dinner and a show? When the dinner and show are free! The event will begin with attendees receiving a free dinner while they watch the interactive show put on by The Murder Mystery Company. As the show progresses, the audience will be able to help solve the mystery and find out who murdered the victim.
Maddy Marchini, UPB marketing director, has helped promote this event for several years, and says each year is different and exciting.
“It is very fun and entertaining,” Marchini said. “We have given out manilla envelopes stamped with ‘secret information’ or ‘confidential’ and then given out mystery flavored air heads with them.”
UPB hired The Murder Mystery Company to put on the interactive show. They are a professional entertainment company that provides interactive entertainment. The show features professionally trained actors acting out an original script, which includes getting the audience members involved as suspects and sleuths to the murder.
The event is free for all ISU students. To register, students should go to the UPB office with their student ID before Saturday. There is no dress code and the show will last about two hours.
“My roommate and I decided to go on a whim,” said Emily Vermeire, ISU junior and attendee of a past Murder Mystery dinner. “It was a fun time! It was definitely something different to do. I’m glad we decided to go.”
Vermeire is just one of many students to have enjoyed the murder mystery production. With each year being different tothe last, there is something new to enjoy for everyone. Having the opportunity to escape from the stresses of school for a bit to immerse yourself in a mystery may just be the perfect reprieve for students preparing for the end of the semester.
Erin Chaput, UPB committee chair says that there will be three acts in the show. Act 1 will be the murder scene, act 2 is when the audience will ask questions to help solve the murder, and act 3 is when the murder will be solved.
This is Chaput’s first year as committee chair for the event, and she is hoping for a good turn out.
“I am hoping that the guests have a good time. I want them to be able to have a good meal and enjoy themselves,” said Chaput.
Marchini plans on attending this event for her third year, and is very excited.
“We want to bring some excitement and entertainment to ISU students for free,” she said.
As the semester barrels towards its end, the pressure is picking up on students who could be well served by a break in their study and work. Whether it’s for the fun, the free food, or just a break from normalcy, the Murder Mystery Dinner is sure to shake things up for a night of mystique and adventure.