RADFORD, Va. – Radford University students walk in Muse Banquet Hall as themselves but enter the “cocktail party” as someone else. Everyone is a suspect for the “murder” of the Radford Highlander, and two detectives are determined to find out who would do such a horrible task.
On Friday, March 27, 2015 from 9 p.m. to midnight, students were given the opportunity to take part in this hilarious impromptu experience that engages and allows them to meet new people and spend time with friends.
Junior Shieh Freeman was really excited to take part in this brand new late night activity. He was seen walking from table to table introducing himself as the name he was given for the show and had a big smile on his face. “It’s a good place to meet new people and be funny and just have fun,” Freeman said.
Attendees were given masks, mustaches, gloves, necklaces, and other artifacts that gave their alternate persona a personality.
Murder Mystery Night ended up being a very popular event. Radford Student Programming and Campus Events, R-SPaCE, planned for 150 students to attend, but over 180 students came! They had to lie out chairs on the sides of the banquet hall so everyone had seats.
The two detectives gave the audience instructions throughout the show such as, “Walk around the room. Everyone you meet you is suspicious of…but say so using Gibberish words. Actually, say the word lamp in a suspicious voice towards everyone you see,” one of the detectives said.
But how did R-SPaCE find this comedy duo? “We [R-SPaCE] go to NACA every year and saw the Murder Mystery men perform and we were really interested in them. We asked if they could come to Radford and they said yes, which is awesome!” said sophomore Melissa Brown, who is R-SPaCE’s Director of Late Night.
The Murder Mystery Men did two shows at Radford University that Friday night, each completely different than the other. The detectives do each show in a way where the audience decides who the murderer is and everything that happened in between.
This was the first time that the Murder Mystery Men came to RU, and it was a big success. “It brings students together and entertains them. It’s something different that they can do on a Friday night instead of going out or even staying in to watch Netflix,” Brown said.
After each show, R-SPaCE provided a buffet complete with free dinner and dessert food for the audience to enjoy.
The audience was very engaged and active in how “the murder” was completed. Several students went on stage and acted out dances and impromptu scenarios that the audience believed happened when the murderer “killed” the Highlander.
The people who went on stage were the suspects of the murder case and the audience decided who should stay on stage and whom they don’t believe did the horrible deed.
Once there were three suspects left on the stage, people from the crowd began developing how each suspect supposedly killed the victim. The audience then voted on whom they believed the murderer is, and then acted out the actual killing scene.