Quirky hit: Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Grand River Raceway
ELORA, ON — Selfies with the corpse. Free beer for the last table served dinner. A competition to create a tour poster for the iconic band onstage, using only crayons. If you like a little quirk, great songs and hilarity with your dinner, you’ve come to the right place.
Grand River Raceway’s Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre has evolved to find its sweet spot since its inception four years and 60 shows ago. More than 6,500 guests have delighted in a night of comedy and live music in an all-original whodunit. The scripts are written exclusively for Grand River Raceway, offering fictionalized accounts of real-life squabbles between beloved artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles Fleetwood Mac and the Beach Boys, to name a few.
In 2018, the track doubled its playbill to offer 26 shows after all of the previous year’s productions were sell-outs.
The music is live and the shows are scripted with lovingly researched details and nuances. Writer/director Tim Clarke spends hours researching the real-life rollercoaster dynamics of the characters. He expertly weaves a comedic show that both celebrates and giggles at the eccentricities of our most beloved showbiz characters.
The audience experience is just as original as the Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre format itself. Fun, interactive contests mark the start and end of the evening. The characters visit each table to plead their innocence in the ghastly crime as guests vote by secret ballot (in an effort to win a prize). Free tickets to future shows are awarded to the best guests in costume. And where else can theatre-goers actually take selfies on-stage with the corpse of the murder victim during dessert?
Complete details are available here … if you dare?!