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Typical Schedule for Presenting the Dinner Theaters

With a mystery dinner theater, the time of the actual drama is intentionally kept to about 45 minutes +  10 - 15 minutes for the conclusion scene. A suggested time frame is:

6:30 - 7:00 

Welcome guests. Characters mingle with the crowd. Guests get their drinks, snack on appetizers, and play table games. Guests can also read through the character descriptions at this time.

7:00 - 7:15

The host thanks everyone for coming and briefly explains how the evening will progress. He encourages taking notes! The cast performs Scene I.

7:15 - 8:00

The delicious meal is served! Characters help with serving as they continue to mingle with the guests.

8:00 - 8:30

Again, the host encourages the audience to turn their attention toward the drama. The main portion of the drama is presented where a crime takes place.

8:30 - 8:40

The host explains the process of completing the ballots. Dessert is served. 

8:40 - 8:45

Each guest completes his/her own ballot to tell their solution for the crime. All ballots are collected.

8:45 - 9:00

The final scene is presented and solves the mystery. As the scene is acted out, a few people go through the ballots to select all the winners who guessed correctly. Also, select those who are clueless*.

9:00 - 9:05

Share briefly about having a relationship with Christ** and/or your church.

9:05 - 9:15 

Draw for door prize.  Present the award to the Sleuth of the Night*** and the Clueless Award.









*Clueless Award -- We find it fun to present this award at every dinner theater.  Tell the guests ahead of time that they could win the "Clueless Award"!  It goes to the person who is the furthest from guessing the correct suspect and/or reason for the crime.  There are some characters in the audience who will enjoy having fun with this one!  One example at one dinner theater: a gentleman wrote that his wife (an audience member) committed the murder.  She did it with her killer eyes.  The way he knew was that she had used them on him before!!  The prize was a compass to help him find his way!

**Bonus -- The Greatest Mystery in History handout comes with every script so the gospel can easily be shared with the crowd.  You can choose to share verbally, place the handout on the tables, and/or pass them out as people leave.

***Winners -- If you have more than one winner, still announce all the winners.  Next, draw the grand winner from the pile of ballots.

For a FREE preview of any of the scripts -- go to Preview FormSubmit your name and church name along with the name of the script(s) you would like to preview. You will receive three PDF documents: A portion of the script for you to understand the flow, a list of characters for you to determine if you have the right people to fill the cast, and a suggested schedule.

TO ORDER:   To order a Mystery Dinner Drama Script go to Theater 4 Church.  You will get an email invoice  to pay with a credit card on PayPal or if you prefer - call with your credit card information. Then, after payment is received, you will receive the script as a PDF Document by email.  PLUS lots of extras to help you have the best event possible!

Every script includes
: logos, example playbill, table game for audience, set up suggestions, ballots, example ad poster, character descriptions, example handouts for invites, Greatest Mystery Handout,. . .