"Our church seriously needed a boost and a dear friend
mentioned the possiblity of us doing a mystery theater. I jumped
on it like a tick on a dog's bootie! This was the medicine for
uss!!! We're ready to have another dose - but it'll have to be
for TWO nights next time!"
S. Covington, Fifteenth Avenue
"Thank you for making an affordable and fun fundraiser!
We were very entertained and really liked the audience participation."
B. Timney, FBC Surfside Beach
"The humor was great and so much of it played right into the story
line. Those attending seemed to pick up on all of them."
K. Melton, FBC Maryville
"Our church loves these! I had no
idea if people would even come, but they did and are always asking for
more." K. Rodden,
Eastside Community Church
participation is great—especially by getting some up on stage with the
actors. And it’s also fun that the audience can question the
suspects and make their own deduction about the murderer." C.
Davelaar, East Martin Christian High School
"This was awesome!
It was great to have a script that I did not have to go through and
edit for the youth to present to the church. The youth had a
great time putting it on and the audience had a great time watching
and being involved. You do great work!"
M. Koenig, St. Paul's Lutheran Church
"The youth have
done dinner theaters for eight years and a lot of people said it was
the best one yet!" D. Clements, Calvary Temple
Creative Things Churches Have Done:
We performed on Sunday evening in lieu of our evening service.
But our morning message was based on the Prodigal Son.
How perfect! Our cast did lots of creative dressing in
character. Our volunteer "musicians" were a kazoo band.
The reporter was our Youth Minister who halfway into his interrogation
- took off his hat and had shaved his head ... that stopped the show!!
Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church
Took the kids out to a park in their costumes for a
photo shoot, then used those pictures with their created resumes for
our centerpieces - fun, cheap, and great on tables. Olive
Tree Christian School - Home School Theater
We had a Hollywood sign outside, walk of fame stars by
the front door and a red carpet for them to walk in on. Once
inside, we had black tablecloths sprinkled with sliver stars and had a
mirror tile in the center with a red candle in it. White plates
were set on the table with silverware wrapped in red napkins.
The table that won the trivia prize got cheesecake - the rest got
chocolate pudding fancied up. Waterbrook Brethren Church
For each of our characters, we did
individual photos. Using Photoshop, we generated photos that
captured their character. For example, we dressed our Shannon
character as a waitress and photoshopped her into a restaurant holding
a tray with spaghetti and a bottle of "Suds-R-Us". Those we used
the night of the presentation to build on the character descriptions.
We also borrowed a popcorn machine and made fresh popcorn and passed
it out as our guests arrived.
movie type food – hot dogs with toppings using the characters from the
play – popcorn – candy bars - chips. Eastside Community
We rolled out a red
carpet and had a runway for our guests to be escorted on into the
building; we announced each guest/couple; we gave trophies to audience
participators, we dressed up as wealthy actors/actresses; we decorated
the tables with black table clothes and tried to create an atmosphere
of “Hollywood” – we played that song as guests entered.
Beulah Baptist Church
Flash and the two
optional characters (Jo and detective) took care of the crime scene:
they taped the outline of Cameron’s body, fingerprinted the poisonous
drink, roped off the area with yellow “caution” tape, etc. and took
away Cameron’s body on a stretcher. The audience seemed to
really enjoy watching that. For background music: movie themes from
all types of movies from the last 40 years East Martin
Christian High School
We set everything up
like a real Hollywood scene set and we created a massive Hollywood
sign that we hung overhead. The lighting that we used
added a ton to the evening. Calvary Temple