BAYarts hosts murder mystery party Dec. 8

Fred Munkachy will be the emcee of the Dickens of a Holiday Party at BAYarts on Dec. 8.

The year is 1857, and a celebration is taking place to honor Miss Evangeline Steele on the occasion of her 21st birthday. The location is the Fuller House, located above rocky cliffs on Lake Erie. In attendance shall be noted alchemist Lyra Cross, nobleman Mr. Ivan Burnet, the gruff Mr. Morgan Bishop and the youthful widow Lady Araminta Steeles.

That is the setting to be staged on Friday, Dec. 8, at BAYarts, for the first ever Murder Mystery night, titled "A Dickens of a Holiday Party." It is a steampunk Victorian night, which will feature a hearty buffet of appetizers, jovial music, good company and a ghastly murder to solve.

The interactive night features an emcee and a bevy of seasoned actors who will be taking on the parts of characters. Tickets are $35 for adults 21 and over; purchasing in advance is encouraged. Call 440-871-6543 or visit

The evening runs from 7-10 p.m. Starting at 7:15, an outline of the murder and main family will be given, and then partygoers will eat, drink and mingle with the suspects. Sheets with questions will be available to aid in making deductions. At the end of the night, people will vote on who they believe committed the murder, as well as their favorite character.

"It's going to be edgy and fun," explained Pam Mills. She is in charge of special projects at BAYarts, and has always wanted to do a murder mystery night. "Being from Great Britain, I've always had a fondness for traditional Dickens-style Christmases, as well. So this fit together quite nicely. I wanted to bring that British holiday feeling to BAYarts."

The 12 suspects, whom Mills says reminder her of the ones in Clue, will be played by actors dressed up in steampunk costumes. The emcee of the night will be Fred Munkachy, who is excited by the unknown. "No one at the event knows who the murderer is, absolutely no one. Not even the perpetrator – his or her self! Everyone will be a sleuth at the event!"

Guests will indulge in finger sandwiches (turkey with cranberry chutney, curried chicken salad, roasted portobello mushrooms), beef stew potato cups, baked brie, roasted vegetable focaccia, gingerbread cake and plenty of cookies.

"This is the first time we've done a night like this," said Executive Director Nancy Heaton, "and it's a fun-raiser to help with the renovation of the Playhouse. Once we can use the space there, we can provide even more great community events to everyone." In addition to buying tickets, people who want to make sure their help extends further, can also donate to our end of year fund at "Our goal is to keep building this destination of arts and culture here on the Westshore."

Jessica Stockdale

Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.

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