After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s no wonder most of us begin the New Year looking for ways to slow down and relax.
Whodunit?? Did Scarecrow’s new brain turn him into an evil genius on the way to Oz Con? Or did Mick Jagger finally get some Satisfaction during a deadly strut over Keith Richards? The only way to find out is to head to Grand River Raceway and be part of their musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre!
These award-winning musical comedy dinner shows take place year round in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway. Enjoy a 3 course meal while taking in these hilarious and interactive productions. And don’t be shy: guests are encouraged to be part of the fun! Costumed actors interact with the audience, making each show unique – and a whole lot of fun!
The 2018 playbill has doubled in size thanks to public demand. Last year was a complete sell out for the murder mystery dinners, and tickets for this season’s 26 shows are already selling fast.
All shows are written and directed exclusively for Grand River Raceway by Tim Clarke of Guelph. Tim is part of the Video Broadcast department at Grand River Raceway, and was there when the musical Murder Mystery concept was born. As a prominent local actor and director, Tim takes the reins on creating each show, carefully researching his characters who are often real life musicians. The storylines are based on this research and historical facts, and include charming renditions of songs that audiences will know and love! And while the shows are scripted, each performance is different thanks to input from the audience.
This year’s lineup includes four brand new productions, as well as two encore performances of previous shows. Rumours: a Fleetwood Mac Murder Mystery, Let it Bleed: a Rolling Stones Murder Mystery, as well as the seasonally themed shows The 27 Club: A Hallowe’en Murder Mystery, and Beach Boys: A Christmas Murder Mystery are new for 2018. There’s also encore runs of The Canadian Folk Explosion and The Wizard of Oz: The Munchkin Murder Mystery. And yes – you’ll be singing along to songs you love in every show, because this is a musical murder mystery after all! Audience members are also encouraged to come in costume to ‘blend in’ with the theme of the show, and could win 2 tickets to another show just for dressing up!
Kelly Spencer is the Director of Marketing at Grand River Raceway, and says their musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre shows offer a completely unique experience.
“The all-original storylines are fresh and fun, and the characters are the most beloved performers in music history. The live renditions of these artists’ hits are incredible. Toss in a murder mystery plotline, some interactive surprises and a delicious, homemade meal … it’s an evening to die for.”
Tickets for the musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre shows must be purchased in advance. It’s an evening of fun for everyone – you may even ‘die’ laughing!