Get ready to bribe, cheat, and drink your way to victory: the sixth installment of Metro Denver Promotion of Letter's (MDPL) adults-only caper, Murder on Broadway, hits the Historic Baker neighborhood this Saturday, October 26.
Registration for the fundraiser -- a whodunnit escapade that's part murder mystery, part dinner theater and will have you scouring the streets of Broadway for clues -- opens at 3 Kings Tavern, at 1:30 p.m. with a crime scene viewing to follow at 2:30.
After that, individuals and teams will be given a map and will set off to interview local actors stationed at various participating restaurants, bars, and businesses (all on Broadway); the story was written by MDPL Executive Board Member Morgan Reitmeyer and other members of the organization.
"Each year the plot gets more complex, and we get a few more participants," says Reitmeyer, adding that more than one hundred sleuths participated last time. "This year, we'll have the most characters ever," which means more people to interview.
Also new this year is a time travel element that incorporates notable and misplaced historical figures like Thomas Edison and Charles Darwin. "The day is always exciting with teams, often dressed in Halloween garb, trying to throw each other off track and trick actors into giving them answers," adds Reitmeyer.
Food and drink are available for purchase throughout the afternoon. The game ends at 5:45, when the reveal (the final scene of the play) happens. "It's a tricky game, so for most players this part is a surprise," Reitmeyer discloses, explaining that, out of 100 plus contestants, usually just three or four solve the mystery before the finale.
When there's a tie, the individual or team with the best time is dubbed victorious. But, even if you don't place first, there are plenty of drawing baskets brimming with prizes for other contestants. The winners choose their basket first; while all baskets are fairly comparable in value, each has a different theme. "In the past, we've had everything from Taekwondo classes to all-you-can-drink PBR parties," she says. This year, there are tickets to the Denver Film Festival floating around.
All proceeds benefit MDPL. Registration is $10 per person, and Reitmeyer suggests playing in teams of at least three or four unless you're as sharp as an Agatha Christie character. Reitmeyer also advises bringing a few extra bucks -- say $20-25 -- for bribing the actors. "Each character has information they aren't allowed to part with unless you grease their palms a bit," she says.
It's this extra cash that'll really support MDPL, an entirely volunteer-run organization providing workshops for children interested in the arts as well as a free week-long summer camp. "We also publish students' work online and in print, which is really special for a lot of the students we work with," says Reitmeyer.
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