Halloween is long over, but the fun isn’t at Castle of Chaos. What was once a haunted house has morphed into Castle of Chaos’ Interactive Murder Mystery Theatre, with a definite emphasis on interactive.
An idea originally conceived in 2001, the Castle Theatre is unique in that participants are fully immersed in the story. They are able to interact with any and all characters, even sometimes the deceased victim (in ghost form).
Additionally, all participants are able to fully explore the set. This allows them to snoop around for item cards and clues as they use their investigative skills to question the characters. Participants are also able to trade items for information and even trick players into revealing the truth through conversation and confrontation.
November 19 marked the beginning of Castle’s newest production, “Wanted: Dead,” a story in which, for once, everyone wants to take the blame for the hit.
“Wanted: Dead” is a bounty-hunter bonanza in which Stan Bodry, man on the run, gets caught up in his own quicksand only to find himself knocked out and tied down at a local bed and breakfast…with everyone trying to take the credit for it. Truly the only way to sort out the details is through the aid of some unbiased help, which is where the theatre guests come in.
With sets that are created from the ground up for each production, as well as strong detail in plot, acting and costume, Castle’s production of, “Wanted: Dead” is a lark straight out of a crime novel-meets-comic farce. It is a game in which everyone gets in on the fun.
Remaining show dates are December 3, 10, 17, and January 7. There are two shows per evening, one at 7:00 and one at 9:00. Following “Wanted: Dead,” “Assassin of Athens” will run on January 21 and 28 and February 4, 11, 18, and 25. “Athens” is a mystery that sounds as fascinating as it is deadly. After all, who’s to blame when one of the gods is killed?
Tickets are $11, although Salt Lake Community College students get $3 off when presenting their OneCard. All murder mysteries will be held at Castle of Chaos’ Redwood location, 5576 South. It is directly south of the Harmons in the Family Center off of the freeway.
To receive news and updates about upcoming shows and productions, you can “Like” Chaos’ Facebook page.
“We periodically have promotions or offer free tickets through the Facebook page,” said Paul DeMann, director, during the airing night of the Murder Mystery Theatre.
Visit www.castlemysterytheatre.com for more information.