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murder mystery scripts

 Our murder mystery script packages are great for dinner theater shows and school or church fundraisers!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why a Murder Mystery Show?

 Murder mysteries are not only fun to perform, they're beneficial, too. Our murder mystery scripts and script packages are a great way to give a novice actor confidence by performing in front of a live audience. With just a few rehearsals and limited lines to memorize, these shows are almost like acting workshops for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. They're also a great way to make some some quick cash for your theater company!  Forget about bake sales!  Host a murder mystery and raise the funds you need for that next stage show.

Capitalize on our Buy 2, Get 1 Free offer! 

What Do We Get?

Glad you asked! You get:

  * 1 complete murder mystery script in PDF or Microsoft Word format
   * Any graphics in jpeg or pdf format related to the individual package
   * Suggested script for master of ceremonies
   * Production Notes (properties, costumes, music, lighting effects, helpful hints)
   * Basic floor plan, including set construction directions (for some shows)

   * Sample news release
   * Online Technical Help
   * And more! 

Okay, How Much?

Glad you asked.    $75.00
Sounds like a lot of money?  Hear us out... 

Say you ordered a play from somewhere else, and they charged you $35.00/show for royalties. Then there's the $6.00/copy for scripts you'll need for every cast member. Maybe you have eight cast members in the show.  That's another $48.00. You're up to $83.00 already!  And what if you want to do more than one night? Say you want to do three performances. At $35.00/ performance that would be $105.00, plus the scripts--bringing the total cost up to $153.00!

For the one time fee of $75.00, you get the rights to perform up to ten performances.  No additional royalty fees.  And you get a copy of the script in Microsoft Word or PDF format with permission to print or photocopy as many copies as you need for each cast member. 

How Does My Script Package Arrive?

Once you purchase via a credit card, you will be directed to a  link that provides you with an instant download. You'll receive a zip folder in your download. Just save that zip folder to your computer, and everything you need will be inside.  If you pay by check or money order, once we receive your payment, we'll email you a link for your instant download.

Sound Good?

 You bet it is!  Look through our titles below.  Then, select the one you want and you're on your way to hosting your first murder mystery dinner theater event!  Not only that, you'll discover it's a fantastic way to raise funds for your group while giving your actors a different kind of acting experience. 

But Wait, There's More!

 Buy two script packages 

and get a third one free!
That's right, buy 2, get 1 free!
That's a savings of $75.00!!! 

So many have taken advantage of this offer. You can, too.


"Trouble at the tropicabana"

Our "I Love Lucy" spoof!

  Take a walk down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel when your theater company presents Trouble at the Tropicabana. You’ll enjoy fine food, tropical drinks, and Latin music and dancing at Ricky’s club tonight, as he gets ready to sign a contract with movie mogul heiress Celia B. DeMilo. Is Celia who she claims to be? Will Lucy and Ethel ruin Ricky’s big chance with another of their harebrained schemes to get into show business? What’s the notorious gangster Mr. Big doing at Ricky’s club? And who committed the murder? The murder? That’s right—the murder!

This is one our our biggest crowd-pleasers ever!  This show contains all the zanyness of an "I Love Lucy" episode, as well as singing, dancing by Ricky and his club girls, and conga lines and mambo lessons performed by your audience!
The cast includes 3 men and 4 women in speaking roles.  An additional 3 women in non-speaking roles round out the cast.

  The script package includes set design instructions, music suggestions and where to purchase the performance tracks (karaoke), directions for constructing the Carmen Miranda fruit hats (pictured to the right), and much, much more!

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"Murder on the oriental Rug"

Spoofing Agatha Christie novels and a whole lot more!

  Move over -- or roll over-- Agatha Christie, a mystery dinner show that spoofs old-fashioned whodunits, the medical profession, "female problems," and theater folks!

   When half the cast of "Murder on the Oriental Rug" bails out, the remaining performers are stuck playing all the roles. During the first act, you'll meet a Shakespearean actor with a drinking problem, a washed-up former child star, a bimbo with a short memory, and a hapless costumer who finds herself onstage -- playing a man.

   During the "play within a play," you'll visit the exclusive clinic of Dr. Charles Ovary, renowned hot flash specialist who's secretly treating a famous actress trying desperately to regain her youth. You'll get to know the doctor's coldly efficient wife, his passionate female protégé, the actresses' hunky husband, a flighty French maid, a shifty handyman, and an inspector investigating the dead body on the Oriental rug.

   Will the play make it to Broadway? Will the performers remember their lines? Will the Shakespearean actor fit into the maid's costume? Will the chalk outline come out of the rug? Will the inspector solve the murder? Will another murder occur?
   Before the evening's over, some else will be ruthlessly murdered, and it's up to the audience to solve the crime. Prizes will be awarded to the first people who correctly guess the murder and motive.  

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"Dealt a deadly hand"

Murder at the Pocono Royale Casino! Poking fun at "Casablanca", casino life and senior gambling!

 Is nothing sacred? This mystery dinner show spoofs the movie "Casablanca" and the American Dream of winning the jackpot. You'll meet  crafty Native Americans, sneaky senior citizens, an Austrialian Croc Chaser, a two-faced lawyer, a kid with two left feet, a gambling casino owner with a Humphrey Bogart complex, and a gold digging ex-wife. Throw music and mayhem into the mix and you have -- "Dealt A Deadly Hand--Murder at the Pocono Royale Casino!"  

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"murder at the tonylou awards"

Poking fun at every awards show out there!

 Just when you thought you'd seen an award for everything, here comes...
The Tonylou Awards!

It's the biggest event of the year!  A star-studded night, featuring the most famous stars and studs from Broadway.  There's no telling what an actor might do to win this coveted award!  You'll meet some of the biggest names in the industry, including Celia B. DeMilo, CEO of PMS Studios, searching for her next big star; Monty Carlo, Latin superstar trying to break into the American market; Tony Hardcastle, your host for the evening; and the unforgettable (and always inebriated) Lorna Lush, has-been actress and a fixture at every awards show. But all is not as it seems.  Behind the scenes, there's plenty of jealousy, greed, and good old fashioned backstabbing going on.  Will Lorna finally get an award?  Will Celia find her next big star?  Will the truth surrounding the mysterious deaths of Tony and Marylou Hardcastle, Sr. finally be revealed?  Was it an accident.........or murder!  Tune in to find out!

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"Eat, drink and be murdered!"

Our Irish version of the Hatfields & McCoys!

 Grandma Rose O'Riley McFadden took the O'Riley recipe for homemade whiskey, handed down to her by her father, and gave it to her husband, Finian McFadden. He built a dis­tillery, and now Wild Irish Rose Whiskey is one of the top selling brands in the world. The McFaddens are filthy rich because of the O'Riley family recipe. To make things even worse between the two families, many of the O'Rileys have to work for the McFaddens at the distillery because there's no other employment in the area.

 Finian and Rose have one child, Conor. When Finian died, Conor took over running the distillery--but not with absolute control. When Rose gave away the O'Riley family recipe, she purposely left out one ingredient as an "insurance policy." To this day, only she knows what that ingredient is. For years, she's gone in and added the ingredient to each mix. Rose always knew the family recipe was a worth a fortune; she also suspected that Finian married her for the recipe. She married him because his family had the money to start the distillery, and she hoped she could eventually convince him to include the O'Rileys. Finian turned out to be a real bastard. He hated the O'Rileys, treated them like dirt, and gave them the lowest jobs at the distillery. Rose never divulged the secret ingredient and held out hope that when Conor grew up, he'd take over the business and include the O'Rileys. Unfortunately, Conor turned out to be a chip off the old McFadden block, a real O'Riley hater.

 Now, Rose's health and mind appear to be failing, and both families are worried. If she dies before revealing the secret ingredient, it's curtains for Wild Irish Rose Whiskey and the McFadden empire.

 The McFaddens need the secret to stay in business. The O'Rileys want the secret to begin producing what they feel is rightfully theirs. Family members on both sides have their own reasons for getting their hands on that secret ingredient. To make matters worse, today is Rose's 80th birthday, and both families have been forced to gather under one roof to honor her. It's a family reunion in the middle of a family feud.

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Our haunted inn spoof. Great for Halloween, or any time of the year!

 Polter-Heist?  That's right.  The spelling isn't wrong.  This is a show where everyone is trying to heist something--including stealing a ghost.
 Join Madame Zelda Von Schpookum, president of the Boogeyman Outreach Organization (BOO), and a host of whacky characters as they attempt to make contact with the ghost haunting the Mouldering Pines Inn. See Professor Lionel Spector become possessed by the spirit!  Will the bickering innkeepers, Jim and Phyllis Lodge, kill each other before finding the lost treasure?  Will the FBI agents, Smolder and Skullery from the Hex Files division, solve the mystery of the haunted inn before another murder is committed? A hauntingly hilarious show that's perfect for Halloween--or any other time of the year!

This non-musical show has a cast of 5 women and 3 men. It is easily adapted to actors of all ages.  The set is minimal, requiring only two folding chairs and a boom box. One of our most popular shows and the easiest  to perform!

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"fishin' for trouble"

A whale of a fatal tale!

 This package comes with instructions to convert this show into a Christmas version titled
"HOME-icide for the HOLIDAYS"

Welcome to the annual gala fundraiser for the International Feed the Whales Foundation! Tonight you'll meet former TV star Sally Crouthers, head of the Foundation; her husband Peter St. Croix, CEO of Pirate Pete's Frozen Fish Sticks; Countess Stella de Marina, the chief benefactor; Capt. Dick Rudder, owner of the official Feed the Whales boat; and Dr. Myrna Fluke, famous whaleologist. You'll also be treated to some music and dancing. But wait! Are deadly undercurrents lurking beneath the festive atmosphere? Keep your eyes and ears open, because someone will meet their demise tonight--and it's up to you to solve the crime!
And remember, with this package you get instructions on how to change "Fishin' for Trouble" to Homicide for the Holidays", a Christmas Murder Mystery version of "Fishin' for Trouble". 

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Sam Club, private eye in, "the case of the malted falcon"

The 1st of two Sam Club Mysteries!

 Private Eye Sam Club is in hot chocolate - er, hot water - when the priceless edible chocolate sculpture he's guarding is stolen while it's being transported by train to the Gallery of  Amazingly Great Art (GAGA) in New York City. Is the thief Velma Vavoomski, Sam's ditsy secretary? Famous TV chef Rachael Raven? Bird Activist Abigail Nightingale? Or one of the other wacky characters? Help Sam and amateur sleuth Miss Marbles solve the crime! 

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The 2nd of two Sam Club Mysteries!

 Get ready for an evening of fatal fun when your group presents, "Sam Club, Private Eye and the Case of the Motorcoach Murder".  Join Sam Club, private eye, and his mother, Wilimena (Billy) Club, Minnie Cooper, Cornelia Bellweather and host of other zany characters as the action takes place at a resort where a senior group stops for the night after attending the famous Road Kill Falls Annual Barbeque.  But this murder mystery has a different twist.  Instead of having someone die at the end, we bring in the body right in the beginning.  Then the audience watches for clues and tries to guess who killed poor Harry the group leader.  Every cast member is a suspect, including Sam Club himself.  Although he's on vacation, Sam is talked into solving the crime,
and goes about it in his usual bumbling fashion. 

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"murder on the lust boat"

The Love Boat wasn't like this!

 Get ready for an evening of hilarious hi-jinx on the high seas when the S.S. Lust Boat sets sail!  Meet Capt. Ivah Dinghy, Fiona Helmsworth, owner of the ship; social director Monique Lewdinsky, and the rest of the wacky cast in the Afterglow Lounge on a luxury ocean liner nicknamed "The Lust Boat." Why the nickname? Because the activities planned by the social director are so naughty, people are running off with other people's mates. In fact, some couples hit dry land and head straight for the divorce lawyer!
     The action revolves around Rico, Man of Mystery, who sits at a table onstage and tries to mind his own business. Trouble is, every staff member on the ship thinks Rico is someone different - from a restaurant critic to a hit man. Rico isn't talking, but the rest of the cast can't shut up. They spend their time gossiping about each other and dredging up secrets from each other's pasts.
     In the end, someone is brutally murdered, and it's up to the audience to guess who done it. Every cast member is a suspect. The audience casts its votes, and the first people to correctly guess the murderer and motive win prizes. 

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"home sweet homicice"

Our Sherlock Holmes spoof!

 Move over -- or roll over—Arthur Conan Doyle! And he will when your theater company  unveils a mystery dinner show that spoofs Victorian customs, Sherlock Holmes mysteries, exotic diseases and cures, and more.  

   World-famous detective Hemlock Holmes has just returned from a trip to a sanatorium in upstate New York, where he visited a long-lost cousin. Unbeknownst to his sidekick Whatsun, Holmes has brought the cousin, Elmira, back home. When Whatsun finds out the cousin is a beautiful woman with a rare mental disorder called Disrobe-a-phobia, she’s shocked and jealous! (Yes, Whatsun is a woman, too.) Mystery and intrigue abound when Dr. Charles Ovary and his nurse arrive to cure Elmira – and the doctor becomes as infatuated with Elmira as Holmes is!   Your audience will need to keep its eyes and ears open, because someone will be ruthlessly murdered at the end of the play, and it’s up to them to guess who-done-it! 

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