Planning a company party or event?  When booking a murder mystery with River City Entertainment, use these ten time-tested tips to make your evening a success!

Publicize in Advance – A murder mystery is a fun and unique event. Once you set your date, let your guests know what a treat they’re in for! It’s best NOT to make it a surprise. Make sure people are ready for this one-of-a-kind event.

Show the Show – We have full descriptions and publicity artwork for most of our shows. If you need art for posters, a web page, or emails, just ask. If we don’t have what you want we will create it free.

Think Activity, not Party – A murder mystery is a fun activity requiring interaction and thinking. A party typically requires just showing up and drinking. There’s a difference! If people expect an activity, they are more likely to participate. Build your agenda with time for socializing. But once the show starts, all eyes should be on the actors.

Have Guests Dress Up – The vast majority of our murder mysteries have themes lending themselves perfectly to a fun dress-up night for your guests. Loss of the Big Boss is one of our most popular shows. Set in the roaring twenties, guests flock to the evening decked out as mobsters and flappers.

Eliminate Distractions – A murder mystery makes people analyze and think. Create your meeting agenda with separate times for dinner, silent auctions, and other activities that would distract from the show.

Get Good Acoustics – Murder mysteries rely on the spoken word to convey story points. It’s essential to choose a room with good acoustics.

Everyone Plays – Our shows are so entertaining, most people play along or just enjoy watching. But occasionally some people carry on side conversations during the show. This is distracting and not fair to guests trying to listen. Set expectations for participation before the show, or politely invite talkative guests to choose a more private setting.

Choose Your Hams – Most of our shows feature special roles for several audience members. They may host a toast in honor of the deceased, or say a few lines as an “extra” in a movie scene. If you have people well-suited for these special duties, let us know in advance! We will work them into the show!

Expect Light Reading – Our murder mysteries feature show programs with information crucial to solving the murder mystery. Make sure the lighting in your venue is strong enough to allow people to read.

Add Something Special – If you want something special to add to the show, let us know! We are very flexible and versatile. In the past, we’ve had male patrons work their real marriage proposals into a show. A grandmother asked us to have her grandkids “arrested” by the sheriff. Our fortune teller once read the entire life story of a husband from his palm as he stared dumbfounded, aided in small part by extensive information provided by the wife earlier that night!

Follow these ten tips, and your murder mystery evening is sure to be a hit!


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Your suggestion will be a lot of fun. I guess it’s time for my friends and I to organize a murder mystery. We are a bit tired from a journey we took for an anthropology class. We literally involved ourselves in excavating artifacts. It was fun, but very taxing I must say. We learned a lot and had fun also. So we badly need some fun activity and your suggestion for a murder mystery is just in time. We will be meeting soon to discuss how we can accomplish a successful murder mystery event.


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