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ACT brings back Murder Mystery event, adds two extra nights

Escape Mitchell, and travel to Margaritaland for the weekend. But it's not all fun and games in this tropical paradise -- located between Port of Indecision and Southwest of Disorder -- and those making the trip to the Pepsi-Cola Theatre this wee...

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Escape Mitchell, and travel to Margaritaland for the weekend.

But it's not all fun and games in this tropical paradise - located between Port of Indecision and Southwest of Disorder - and those making the trip to the Pepsi-Cola Theatre this weekend, will be tasked with solving a murder.

But no, it's not an actual murder, just the second annual Murder Mystery event hosted by the Mitchell Area Community Theatre.

After seeing a lot of success in the first Murder Mystery last year, the organization decided to bring it back, and add an additional two nights to the event, according to Megan Reimnitz, the managing director of the ACT.

The event will be held on four nights: Feb. 17-18 and March 10-11. Beginning each night with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., attendees will each be assigned a character. The event is scheduled to start a half-hour later. While this weekend's event is already closed for buying tickets, Reimnitz said it's not too late to sign up for the March weekend.

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Event goers are assigned a character with a role and are given objectives throughout the night, Reimnitz said. And while some may be shy at first, Reimnitz encourages those attending not to hold back.

"It is not as scary as it sounds," Reimnitz said. "There are quite a few people who get really nervous when they hear they are assigned a character. There's no acting involved. There's no experience needed. It's just a fun way to solve the murder with everyone else."

The event is one of the ACT's main fundraisers for the year. And last year the event sold out within five weeks of the opening, drawing in "significant amount" of money and motivating the board to bring it back again, Reimnitz said.

But not only did it bring in some much-needed funds for the group, the event also was a big hit among the community, Reimnitz said, with many asking when the theater was going to host a murder mystery again.

The two nights in March are already filling up, with only 40 spots available each night, and Reimnitz encourages those interested to purchase tickets soon.

Tickets, which include hors d'oeuvres, drinks and participation, are $30 per person, or $25 for a group of four or more. All ACT members will receive a $5 discount. To purchase tickets, Reimnitz said, anyone can stop by the theater or call 996-9137.

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