Theta Alpha Phi hosts philanthropic murder mystery
On March 31, Pacific’s chapter of Theta Alpha Phi, the national theatre honors fraternity, hosted a murder mystery show at the Alex & Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House to raise funds for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS charity organization. For just a few dollars, students and other guests could partake in dinner and a show provided by TAP members.
The show, titled “Murder at Aldbury Manor,” was a Clue-style game where student dinner guests could test their wits and make guesses as to who the murderer was.
During the meal, guests could engross themselves in a murder mystery involving members of the prestigious, wealthy Aldbury family, played by members of TAP.
Guests spent the rest of the night talking to the characters and listening in on conversations, all while trying to figure out the identity of the real murderer. The event was a real treat for anyone interested in mysteries or roleplaying.
Computer science major Alex Flores ’16 enjoyed the night and the performance put on by TAP actors: “I thought it was good that they engaged the audience, made an effort to communicate and gave clues throughout the night while walking around.”
That was one of the many details of the night that set “Murder at Aldbury Manor” apart from other performances. This was a show guests could interact with while trying to figure out the resolution themselves.
And the characters played by TAP members were so over-the-top and loveable, from the family gardener who grows her own “herbs,” to the priest who drank a little too much, to the wife who did not seem too bothered by her husband’s death. Who could have imagined that the murderer was really — well, I guess you had to be there to discover that.
Business major Alessa Brown ’18 was one of the many fantastic actors who participated in TAP’s murder mystery. Brown really enjoyed her character and liked that the guests also enjoyed playing a part in the show: “I think it’s fun because when you watch a show you are kind of stagnant, but when you are involved, you can become your own character.
“I talked to a lot of people who pretended to be rich people like [my character], so it was really cool to see the audience be a part of the story.”
The night was a unique experience, and all for a wonderful cause. Next time you see an event hosted by Theta Alpha Pi, you should definitely consider checking it out. After all, you never know what you’re going to experience — from food, to fun, to… murder!
Ultimately, the event raised over $350 for TAP’s philanthropy. They look forward to hosting this event again next and raise even more!