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FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT ...

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The  Last  Curtain Call

This is the TCTA theater company. They have had a very long night. 

This evening should have been the highlight of their month, as tonight they completed the last performance of a week-long run in this city.  Reviews were spectacular, audiences were thrilled, and tonight’s performance ended with every member of the audience on their feet in a standing ovation. 

Every member, except for one.

When the crowd filed out and the lights went up tonight, one man remained behind.  This terribly unlucky man … was dead. 

Alive when he arrived, killed during the show by a bullet wound to the head.  And apparently so furtively that no one in the audience was the wiser. 

The actors and stagehands have been called together by the local police inspector to share what they might have seen during the performance.  Can this talented band of thespians determine how in the world someone could have murdered an audience member without being seen, heard or caught? 

Who did this, how and why?  That is the question … 

 

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

  • You, and all the other guests at the party, are playing characters in this story.

  • None of you know who the murderer actually is, not even your host, or the murderer him/herself.

  • That means it might be you! 

  • Right now, all you need to know is a bit of your own backstory so you can prepare your costume & think about how you can "inhabit" your character and adopt their personality quirks.

  • Additional information about your relationship with the deceased and your whereabouts at the time of the murder will be revealed slowly throughout the party. 

  • Your character dossier includes all of the information you need to know about yourself, but ...

  • DO NOT READ YOUR ENTIRE FILE until you are instructed to do so.   

BEFORE THE PARTY

  • Review the first section of your Character Dossier (stopping at the marked page)

  • Think about how you would like to play your character (dramatic, campy, flighty, etc.)

  • Collect items for your costume (hints below)

  • Complete your Pre-Party Task (listed in your dossier)

  • Plan to bring your phone to the party so you can read your dossier aloud when it is time. You may also choose to print out your dossier if you prefer, but paper "cheat sheets" tend to be harder to conceal.

AT THE PARTY

  • The game will take place in three rounds. During each round, you will be instructed to share another page of information about yourself with the group. 

  • Your host may choose to have all guests sit (perhaps around a dining table) and share their personal facts, or they may encourage guests to mingle in a cocktail party setting.  If this is the case, make sure to keep track of the guests you speak to (you don't want to miss anyone).

  • You may choose to read your facts aloud directly from your dossier, or you may prefer to memorize your facts and paraphrase them as you monologue in character. 

  • PLEASE DO NOT OMIT ANY FACTS OR LIE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER

  • Your challenge will be to analyze the information that all the rest of the guests share, and determine who might have had the motive and opportunity to murder Sir Percy Pendleton. 

  • If you do end up being the murderer, you will not know until the final round of play.

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WHO WAS PRESENT LAST NIGHT? 

CASEY

Lead Actor 1

 

Well known for their strong personality and for the enthusiasm with which they perform

their signature song about vengeance during the opera. Somewhat bossy.

 

DALE

Lead Actor 2

Feels underappreciated as an actor, and often argues with Casey.

Often seen pouting or complaining. Loves high drama and gossip.

FINN

Supporting Actor 1

 

High energy person potentially with ADHD. Loves to hear themselves talk,

and sings at the drop of a hat, even when offstage. 

IZZY

Supporting Actor 2

 

Plays the detective in the opera performance.

New to the company, a bit shy, but eager to please.

 

JO

Supporting Actor 3

Magnetic personality. Friendly with everyone, low-key sexy,

with a ready smile and come-hither expression.

KRIS

Costumer

Very shrewd and decisive, moves quickly and is always

one step ahead of everyone else.  Excellent eye for detail.

MEL

Makeup Artist

 

Unflappably happy and upbeat. Excellent at their job, and can switch roles

without blinking an eye. Follows celebrity gossip religiously. 

TAYLOR

Stagehand

Somewhat antisocial, but always get the job done perfectly. 

Dresses in black from head to toe and prefers to be alone.

SAMMI

Usher

The youngest member of the company.  Seems uncertain of their worth,

but always tries very hard to learn more and do a good job.

VAL

House Manager

 

Gregarious, host-with-the-most personality. 

Keeps everyone organized and keeps the process moving.

INSPIRATION ON PINTEREST

Visit our customized Pinterest board, "Last Curtain Call"

to find inspiration for your party decor, menu and characters

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