“I had to write to let you know how much we love Haley Productions’ Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre scripts! We believe yours are the best, period. After purchasing mysteries from other companies, we eventually bought one of yours. Since that time, we buy your mysteries exclusively. We’ve had no need to look anywhere else.
We love that the mysteries are all-inclusive (the download includes EVERYTHING!) There’s no need to change or plan anything, if we choose: from writing lines for each role, figuring out props needed or deciding on a timeline and menu for the evening, all is completely organized and very easy to implement!
We also appreciate the additional hints/ideas, the “Organizer Instructions” being immensely helpful, and the mysteries being adaptable to specific holidays/events. They are organized in a cohesive manner, so we can easily locate “Evidence Log,” “Prop List,” “Primary Characters,” “Secondary Suspects,” etc.
Finally, the most important reason we solely purchase the scripts from Haley Productions is that you are so willing to be of assistance and accommodate our needs.
In today’s world, it’s rare when a company goes the extra mile, but you always do! As a small nonprofit historic venue, the value, quality and personal service we receive for such a reasonable price is rare and much appreciated. If we can ever do anything for you, please let us know!”
Give each team the same MadLib(s). I’ve included three below but you can also purchase them via the MadLibs website or Amazon.
One team member is the READER. By team consensus, select the best person for the job. Who will most dramatically read your MadLib to the other teams? The READER does not tell anyone what story is about. Instead, he/she asks the other players, the WRITERS, to give him/her words. These words are used to fill in the blank spaces in the story.
TO PLAY: READER asks each WRITER in turn to call out a word-an adjective or a noun or whatever the space calls for-and uses them to fill in the blank spaces in the story. Your goal as a team is to write a story that is fantastic, funny, silly, or just plain crazy-depending upon which words each WRITER provides.
Each team’s READER will present your team story to the rest of the group. WRITER’s are certainly encouraged to participate should they be inspired to do so.
The facilitator may award the team with the best presentation as he or she sees fit.
If you’ve forgotten what adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs are, here is a quick review:
Nothing like laughter to break the ice! Try it, you’ll like it!
We have your solution:
The story: You’re invited to one of Harold Logan’s (in)famous luaus and a fundraiser for HAAL, The Hawaiian Association of Authentic Leis.
Read more about the plot and suspects and download a game sample here: https://www.haleyproductions.com/mystery/murderonmaui.html
I should have written this long ago, but I wanted to let you know that we absolutely loved Murder on Maui. My husband played the smarmy lounge singer and I thought I would die from laughing. It was hysterical! Everyone really got into it, and we had so much fun doing it! Definitely a favorite that I would recommend to everyone! Sherrie Hansen, The Blue Belle Inn, St. Ansgar, Iowa
We did “Murder on Maui” last year and everyone had such a good time, they wanted to do it again this year. With all of the added information that you send with the script, the group thinks I am a genius, even though I give you the credit! Thanks again, Pepi Parshall
The Murder on Maui script was easy to follow and the mystery itself was cute. The company I work for did the Murder Mystery as a fun break from a training retreat conducted away from the office for all the Information System department employees. After the presentation, every one commented on how fun the event was and that it was much better than the Murder Mystery performed last year (by a professional acting group). Thanks for following up on our event and thanks for providing such a wonderful product. Neil Danzig, Columbia, MD
Here’s a is a detailed account by Kristine Tibbs of her very successful murder mystery evening. It has some nice ideas you can use: https://www.haleyproductions.com/reviews/murderonmaui.html
Here are some HILARIOUS photos to inspire you: https://www.haleyproductions.com/blog/hawaiian-murder-mystery-game-photos/
“The murder mysteries are a community favorite at the clubhouse every year. Our subdivision association has over 900 families with plenty of talented volunteers. We have no shortage of folks that want to help with props, costumes, decor, etc. I think this was our 6th one and they/we seem to raise the bar every year.”
I was inspired to write about this particular topic because of some feedback from two of my repeat customers. Clearly I’m not the only “chief imagination officer” ’round here!
She wrote, “Our school has done 4 of your murder mystery games and this will be our 5th year. I have one great suggestion. We have our drama club students learn dancing for each play. For your country and western mystery game, The Demise of the Downhome Dealers, we did line dancing and for your pirate mystery game, The Deadman’s Chest, we did the Virginia Reel. We give out raffle tickets for all those who participate in dancing and costumes etc. The crowd loves it and then we give out small prizes in the end.”
“Whenever we need a bit more time, we call people up for various things. For Deadman’s Chest we took the pirate speak you provided and asked people to come up and read them. People loved it – we also had the drama club teach the tango to our guests. We purchase music to set the mood and we have even had live bands. It is quite a production.”
“Oh just remember that all the things you ask the audience to do give them a raffle ticket. We give everyone one as they come in for being there to support the fundraiser. We also take all the people who got the correct answer and pull one best detective.”
“This year we may go with a Hollywood Bowl style setup where people can either bring dinner to their table or sit at a table with just munchies. The ticket will include a beverage and dessert…Some guests didn’t want to buy the more expensive dinner ticket so we thought this might work too.”
If you want more inspiration you should check out all the testimonials on our website. Any creative idea that I’ve posted from my customers is seriously impressive and inspiring. Use ’em.
Chief Imagination Officer & Creative Director
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