Murder Among the Mateys

City of Great Falls Montana





DATE:           January 13, 2014

CONTACT:    Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 455-8417








GREAT FALLS, Montana –Ahoy, me hearties! A night of seamen, secrets and scallywags await at the Great Falls Animal Shelter’s Second Annual Murder Mystery Party! The Shelter Sidekicks are hosting, “Murder Among the Mateys,” a night of intrigue and pirating good fun, on Saturday, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge (1501 9th Street S). The evening includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. A no host bar will also be available. The cost is $25 for those playing a character and $45 per character couple. Those not playing a character for the evening can attend for $20.

Murder mystery parties are interactive events, where everyone attending takes part in the fun. Traditionally, one of the participants is secretly, and unknowingly, playing a murderer, while the other party guests must determine who among them is the criminal. Those attending have the option of playing a character and being an actor/actress for the evening or being a guest and helping solve the crime.

This year’s murder mystery, “Murder Among the Mateys,” involves a pirate voyage complete with pillaging and plundering and a night of turmoil and murder at the Salty Sea Dog.  There are twenty colorful character roles available ranging from Cap’n Readbeard to One-Eyed Wanda. The full cast list can be viewed at Characters go fast, so reserve yours today!

Prior to the party, those playing a character role will be sent an invitation, a detailed character description, costume recommendations, acting tips and background information on the storyline.  All participants are asked to arrive in character and are given a set of objectives, a nametag and play money.  Guests not assigned a character role for the evening are asked to help solve the crime and are encouraged to dress in pirate/period style clothing.

This year’s Murder Mystery Party will raise funds for the Shelter’s Help Us Grow (HUG) Project, which will help fund future expansion and improvements at the Shelter. The improvements include a cattery, a canine addition and front office renovations. Highlights include better triage, exam and grooming areas for the animals and visitation rooms for prospective pet owners as well as ADA accessible restrooms for the public and staff. The HUG Project will help create a healthier and less stressful environment for pets at the Shelter.

For tickets and more information regarding “Murder Among the Mateys” contact Laura McElhinney, volunteer coordinator at 454-2276. Remember, dead men tell no tales.