Murder in the mansion

By Staff Writer
October 31, 2002

Chris Jones

Murder invaded the Mansion in the late hours of Tuesday, Oct. 29. As the clues were gradually revealed, attendees of the Murder Mystery dinner discovered the suspect behind the heinous crime.

Of course this was not a real murder. Sponsored by the Campus Activities and Programming Board, the Murder Mystery dinner in the Mansion fed and entertained the 50 students who attended. Each student was given an alias for the evening, not knowing if they would end up being the suspected murderer. Actors from the Chicago Comedy Company performed improvisational scenes with audience volunteers as ways to narrow down the list of suspects.

Shaun Himmerick, Nancy Holland Walker and Andy Eninger are improv actors who all reside in Chicago. They perform several improv shows at colleges across the country. “We just started doing Murder Mystery this year,” Walker said.

The plot of the mystery involved Walker portraying Shaharazad, an actress, who is hosting a dinner to raise money for a film. Eninger plays her “personal assistant/butler,” while Himmerick is her obnoxious brother. The characters mingled with the dinner guests as the plot unfolded.

“We’ll do anywhere from two colleges all the way up through eight in a month,” Eninger said.

“We’ve done a few other events with them,” John Verdi, CAP board chair, said. “Since they did the Murder Mystery, we wanted to bring that on campus for Halloween week.”

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