Think you can identify the ‘killer?’

Midnight at the Masquerade Oct. 21

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(Friends of the Public Libraries of Cullman County / Facebook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Friends of the Public Libraries of Cullman County (FPLCC) will host Midnight at the Masquerade, a murder mystery dinner event at the Browne Stone Centre at Stone Bridge Farms on Friday, Oct. 21, from 6-10 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 and dinner and the show start at 6:30.

As a part of the theme and to tie into the library’s mission of promoting reading, local mystery authors will have tables set up at the event during appetizer time from 5:30-6:30 to talk with guests about their books.

FPLCC President Tanya Allcorn said the group hired The Murder Mystery Company from Birmingham to entertain guests.

Six actors with the group will be a part of an interactive murder mystery performance during dinner. Guests at each table will work with clues available either on their tables or given during the show to try to discover who in the room is the killer. Allcorn said some guests will also be recruited ahead of time to help with the show.

“I can choose local faces that will participate in the murder mystery show,” she said, “but you as a guest won’t necessarily know that they’ve been chosen.”

Food will be served in between acts of the show. Actors will walk among the tables on the dining room floor during their performances but will mainly perform in an open space in the middle of the room so that everyone present can see and hear. Individual tables or pairs of tables may work together to figure out clues. By the end of the evening, teams will try to guess who did it, how they did it and why they did it.

“It’s interactive enough to where you’re not watching it happen on the stage, you’re actually participating in it,” said Allcorn. To add to the immersive experience, everyone will be dressed in their best masquerade ball attire and masks.

Awards will be given by The Murder Mystery Company after the show. A lucky few will win Detective of the Night.

Music will be performed after the mystery is solved by seven-person band Even Odds.

“The Friends of the Public Libraries of Cullman County look forward to hosting our community (at) a unique dinner experience. We are hopeful the success of this event will help support several needed projects throughout our library system in the coming year,” added Allcorn.

Tickets are $100 for individuals and $750 for a table of eight.

A table will include eight tickets to the event, and tables will be reserved with the name of the individual or organization that purchases a table. Tickets can be purchased at https://givebutter.com/midnightatthemasquerade.

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