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Murder At Mount Hope Mansion is an interactive culinary Who-Done-It!


The Mount Hope Murder Mystery Dinner  theatre was a clever and spooky night! The Mount Hope Murder Mystery Dinner

Set in the Mount Hope Mansion, the many rooms of the mansion were set up receive their guests. My friend and I were settled in at table 1 (the best table, our dinner companions agreed) and while each room in the mansion- the library, the parlor and dining room, we all were the esteemed guests of the Illuminated Ideas

Society and we have gathered with the greatest minds of 1899 to pick the greatest thinker of the new century. Yet, personal vendettas and wily characters keep the audience on their toes.
I thought this dinner theatre bucked the system a bit, in a thoroughly enjoyable way.

Rather than the cast doing a full-one scene for each course, making the audience stop eating to watch, the ‘esteemed thinkers’ of the night acted out their vignettes in a much more subtle way, commenting on the food, sitting with the audience at their tables and drawing the attention to them - which were really clues in disguise to figure out the murderer later on!
During the entire dinner- which was delicious as we feasted on Welsh Rarebit, Prawn Salad, Chicken Murillo and Sun Dried Tomato Lasagna, and fresh Peaches Cartwright over Devonshire Splits- we were carefully given clues. 

The mansion was decorated in a classic Victorian fashion, and the wines from the shire's winery were flowing readily. The audience then got to decide on the greatest thinker- who would it be? Madame Curie? Nikola Tesla? Dr. Sigmund Freud? H.G. Wells?  But before we can hear from these famous folks in-between courses, the unthinkable happens! And our help was needed to garner the truth!

Join the cast of the murder mystery dinner threatened they try to find out: who dun it?! Bring your appetites and your thinking caps to save the greatest mystery of the century!!

The amazing and talented cast kept the audience laughing and thinking and they sought to solve the crime!

Murder at Mount Hope Mansion, Fridays and Saturdays, March 4th through middle April.

Show times vary, please go to www.PaRenFaire.com, for more details. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is $39.95 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.

For info, tickets, and reservations, visit www.PaRenFaire.com or call the Box Office at 717.665.7021, ext. 231. $39.95.  

Mount Hope Estate, home to the annual Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, is located on Route 72, ½ mile south of PA Turnpike exit 266, 15 miles north of Lancaster and 14 miles east of Hershey.

Special thanks to Candace Smith-Communications/Educational Programs Director and the Cast of the Murder Mystery at Mount Hope: T.J. Miller, Doug Wallace, Jennifer Smeraldo, Jean-Gerald Tartier, Todd Loughry and P.A. West, as well as the production crew and servers.

The Faire also has many great programs coming up at Mount Hope, with Mount Hope Brewfest  on May 14, and the Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest  during Memorial Day weekend.

Check out www.parenfaire.com for more info!

Christine Tarlecki can be reached at engchik@gmail.com, as well as on FaceBook and Twitter under engchik.

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