WANT TO GO?
"The Butler Didn't Do It!"
An interactive murder mystery
WHERE: Comedy Zone, Holiday Inn and Suites, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
INFO: Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com.CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Anybody has the potential for murder.
At least, George Snider thinks so -- the fun kind, anyway.
Snider is the creator and director of Murder and Merriment. He and his troupe will host a homicide Friday night at the Comedy Zone in South Charleston to benefit the South Charleston Chamber of Commerce. He promises it will be a fun-filled evening of deduction and drama -- with a decent amount of comedy thrown in.
"I'm always trying to create new ideas," Snider said. "I want to be able to offer a nice array for our clients to choose from."
Currently, Murder and Merriment has 22 different murder mysteries to choose from, all written by Snider. Friday's murder revolves around a private party given by eccentric and reclusive millionaire Jet Harrison who is unveiling his new fighter plane, the Viper X. However, all is not as it seems, and someone has come to commit murder.
The settings change, Snider said, but some elements are common from story to story. For example, most of his mysteries usually contain eight different suspects, each with their own backstory and set of characteristics.
"On average, I usually have four men and four women," he said. "There's a detective character, usually a spoof of a famous detective character with their name slightly changed. Jessica Fletcher from 'Murder She Wrote' becomes Jennifer Fletcher. Philip Marlowe becomes Philip Merlot -- stuff like that."
Before the actors perform, they're each given a dossier on their character, which includes bits about who they are and how they think they are seen. They also receive details about secrets and dirty laundry they're hiding.