Killer night: FMWR presents murder mystery dinner this Saturday

Murder and intrigue will be served alongside roast beef and steamed vegetables when “Crime & Punishment,” an interactive murder mystery experience, is presented Saturday evening at Club Meade.

The interactive event offers guests the chance to become part of the mystery and decipher clues to the whodunit.

“I think it’s going to be a ton of fun,” said Kellie Paul, catering manager at Club Meade. “The murder will happen during the evening and it will be everyone’s job to figure out who did it.”

So far, nearly 150 people have registered for the event presented by the Murder Mystery Company in Baltimore.

But it’s not too late to buy tickets and brush up on Sherlock Holmes, “Perry Mason” and “NCIS.”

Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is sponsoring the nearly four-hour event.

“We were looking for something to do on Fort Meade that will bring people together and have some fun,” Paul said. “We know of other bases that had done this.”

Paul initially contacted MWR at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

“I had been thinking of a murder mystery and they said they had done it,” she said.

The national Murder Mystery Company has brought its shows to other military installations, said Amanda Carver, sales representative.

Set in the Prohibition era, this 1920s mystery takes place in a speakeasy filled with mobsters and flappers.

About six costumed actors will perform.

“This is a live action version of the [board] game ‘Clue,’ ” Carver said. “It’s light-hearted, comedy-based, not scary or gory.”

The cash bar opens at 5 p.m. as guests arrive for the social hour. Actors will mingle with guests and explain the process.

The dinner buffet of roast beef, chicken cordon bleu, tri-color tortellini, assorted desserts and a salad bar begins at 6 p.m.

After guests fill their plates, the mystery will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“The crime will be committed while they are eating,” Carver said.

Depending on the size of the crowd attending, suspects and detective roles will be assigned to guests as well as performers.

“We hand off character roles,” Carver said. “But if they decline, it goes to someone else. One will be the killer. Everyone else plays the detective.”

Guests are encouraged to come in period costume, said Carver.

The performance company will also bring accessories such as hats, feather boas and character eyeglasses.

“They are fun costumes for support,” Carver said.

To solve the mystery, each table will be given a task.

“Every person at the table, even if they don’t know each other, will work together,” Paul said. “Ultimately, the tables figure out who committed the crime. It’s a group effort.”

Once the case is cracked, certificates will be presented for best actor, best actress and best-dressed.

The “Detective of the Night” certificate will be presented to the table that “best” solves the crime, said Carver.

“They figure out the killer, the weapon, the motive and the opportunity,” she said.

Random awards for anything specific to Saturday’s event such as a funny performance will also be presented.

“We’re looking for everyone to have a fun experience and keep it interactive, and have a real good time and take that memory with them,” Carver said.

For reservations or more information, call Club Meade at 301-677-6969.

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