An advantage (among many) of having a big family is you have an instant party, an instant baseball team, an instant cast for a theatrical. Its all dependent on the willingness of participation.
Our Bonnie Lad turned 17 and became a suspect in our family’s first ever Murder Mystery Party. It was a ton of fun had by all, both those involved and the spectators–some of us started as spectators but then got cast into roles on the spot. Best to Roll with the Punches!
Usually for our family members’ birthdays they get to choose what the main meal is for the day, and what type of dessert they want. Sometimes they pick an activity, like going to the Guadalajara Zoo.
Mitchell rolled it all into one, wanting Make-Your-Own-Parfaits….meal and dessert all in one dish. So that’s what we planned, and made Tapioca Pudding since his birthday happened to also be the National Tapioca Pudding Day.
The Murder Mystery
The kids worked for days on creating costumes. Toveli worked tirelessly on a gown for Gaelyn…the base of which was a down quilt with strips of fabric stitched onto it. Such creative minds.
Somebody ‘gave’ Anders a black eye but when Danaka added some purple eyeshadow it was a great improvement. She’s thankful Tina has taken her to hang out at Live Theatre with her sometimes, picking up little tips here and there. Coming in handy.
It’s always nice to have somebody available to watch us makes fools of ourselves! So we had a willing audience….and even several last minute actors. Like Bob, who willingly became Captain Hook the Third.
Captain Jack Parrot went missing over night and was discovered chained and drowned beneath the boat, a big smile on his face. Who done it?
Amongst creepy crawlies and half-drunk bottles. We’re introduced to the characters and realize everybody had a reason to wish Captain Jack Parrot dead.
Blackbeard was an irritating character who habitually tapped his foot to some unheard music. He and Jack Parrot were rivals, after the same treasure. Parrot had taken possession of the treasure and hidden it, infuriating Blackbeard.
Captain William Kidd (who needed a translator, Aunt Jo, to tell his story) was the son of Jack Parrot. We aren’t sure what his issue was against Jack, but probably some family dysfunction going on there.
Nell, as the wife of Jack Parrot, was the beneficiary of his Last Will and Testament, so she had lots to gain by his death. Besides the fact that she had a rival in the love-department.
Ben Gone was the only one alive now who knew where the treasure was hidden. He obviously could claim the whole treasure for himself now.
Captain Hook lost both his hand and some money because of Jack Parrot. Revenge ran deep with him.
I was Kim Hawkins, a young girl disguised and working as a cabin boy. Jack knew of my identity and threatened to expose me, but I both needed and wanted this way of life. Under no circumstances could I let him betray me. (I was the one with the camera, so no picts of me.)
Elizabeth Goose had fallen off a gang-plank and was saved from drowning by Jack Parrot. Her admiration for him turned to love, and when he was imprisoned, she visited him and swapped clothes so he could escape (as a lady). Still married to Nell Bird, Jack didn’t commit to Elizabeth as she had desired and she felt betrayed.
Girl Friday (aka Antonia Da Ville) had been abandoned on an island for 5 years by Jack Parrot. Obviously she had reason to want that man dead.
Ann Bonny had just recently discovered who her father was, and she was furious of Jack impregnating her mother and abandoning them.
WHO DONE IT???
And the verdict is…..well, you’ll have to watch the video to find out!
Should the guilty one have to walk the plank? Or are we thankful for the contribution of bettering our lives?
**The whole idea behind doing a Murder Mystery is Thanks to the lovely Teresa Leonard who initiated this whole thing. I have yet to introduce you to “Tree”. I’ll have to do a post featuring her before she leaves the end of this month.