Kasra Esfahanian & Nadia Hojjatpanah / Staff reporters

Murder returns to the MPR in the form of the annual mystery night fundraiser for the musical theatre program.

The murder mystery is a unique fundraiser that is “designed as a fundraising evening for our musical theater and theater program,” said the organizer of the event Justin Maller, drama and musical theatre teacher.

This event was meant to happen on February 7 but due to conflicts with other events in the MPR for the musical department it was postponed from February 7 to March 13.

“The date of the event has been changed due to the schedule conflict that the department had and because of that we had to move the date to make it fit within the schedule,” said Maller.

This event is about teachers doing a performance where one of them is the murderer and the audience have to figure out which one of the teachers are the murderer.

“We map out a story and teachers perform the play that has one of the characters being murdered and the audience members coming to the show have to observe the acting and figure out by the end of the show who they think the murderer was and the audience who choose the right character will be rewarded at the end of the show,” explained Maller.

“The murder mystery is connected to the musical. And this year’s musical is Legally Blond. So, the murder mystery will have a theme based on the sorority hazes at UCLA but we still working on that theme,” added Maller.
This event includes other games such as raffle and the best outfit.

“There is going to be other things happening during the show such as a raffle that happens at night and bunch of other games that are going to be played and also we will choose the best outfits between the audience because we have encouraged audience to dress up and this year’s theme is legally blonde and the audience have to compete to be admitted to the house,” said Maller. “The audience will also be served dinner.”

“We encourage the audience members to come dress up in their own personal costumes. Because there is an award for the best costume,” said Maller.

Some of the prizes that will be given are tickets to the VIP nights or gift baskets that they create for them. There’s also some nice bottles of wine since its an adult evening.

This performance is going to be a fundraiser for Gleneagle’s musical theater production so that the department can afford to build sets and buy techs and bunch of other stuff for the shows and do our productions.

“It’s a really fun evening for the audience and for the teachers,” said Scott Findley, English teacher. “I’ve been involved as part of the performance since it started in 2013 and each year has been wonderful for everyone involved.”