Salt Lake Community College students and community members were able to participate in a 1920s-style murder mystery event March 7 at South City Campus.
Guests who attended the Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner, held by the SLCC Student Association, stepped into identities from the roaring 1920s. As partygoers entered the event, they received a character bio, along with information that they should be sharing and gathering during the dinner.
“Students come and pick a character between a mobster, a woman’s activist, a flapper, or a musician. They come dressed up (or not) and they play their part,” says Anthony Bible, North Region Evening Chair of Student Life and Leadership.
Guests got to meet and talk to some very notable people from history, including Ernest Hemingway, President Woodrow Wilson, and Al Capone.
After dinner, there was a murder to solve and guests become the detectives to solve the crime. “They are trying to find who killed the victim,” Bible says.
At the end of the night, guests find out who committed the crime and see if their guess was correct.
“I was looking at plays and something to do and this sounded like fun,” said Jane Chandler, an SLCC instructor who, for the night, was a mobster willing to beat anyone up for a price. Chandler brought her daughter, who was “the best painter ever.”
Student Life and Leadership started planning this murder mystery event in August. They have hosted successful murder mysteries in the past and felt that now was a good time to bring the mayhem back.
“What we have done is reached out to a community partner who’s helping us to develop the plot and plan,” Bible says.
Because South City Campus is the home of the School of Arts, Communication and Media, the members of Student Life and Leadership felt that this was a good location to hold the event.
“We felt like we weren’t reaching a certain demographic here at South City. We thought this would be the perfect event,” Bible says. “Art student really like these type of events.”
Browse the Globe calendar for more information about upcoming campus events.