Murder mystery with a cause |

Murder mystery with a cause

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – If you didn’t get enough spooks and mysteries this Halloween, the Little Red Schoolhouse offers one more chance for a creepy weekend.

For one night, the Mountain Thunder Lodge transforms into an old English castle while eight actors draw guests into a comical who-done-it starring characters inspired by 1930s horror films.

The owner of the castle, George DuPree, moved a castle brick by brick from England to America, and he’s hosting a dinner party.

But, some of his guests are a little spooky. The butler loses his manners on full moons, the secretary talks to ghosts, and the owner takes long walks at night, when, coincidentally, terrible things occur in the village. Oh, and did we mention his doctor is named Dr. Frank N. Stein?

“If you remember the old movies, it will be even funnier,” said Mike Stevens, co-owner of Red Herring Productions, which coordinates the theatrical event.

The cast of eight characters mingles with guests and drops clues throughout the cocktail hour and continues the antics during dinner. After dinner, teams use their best sleuthing skills to name the murderer. The best – and worse – guesses win.

The Little Red Schoolhouse’s fourth annual dinner theater is one of the approximately eight fundraisers it hosts a year.

Dinner includes choice of prime rib, roasted chicken with pesto or spinach and mushroom strudel.

A silent auction offers restaurant certificates, tickets to the Denver Zoo, dental and medical exam vouchers, a child’s pass to Arapahoe Basin and lodging certificates, among other items.

The murder mystery begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge. Tickets are $50, including dinner, and may be purchased by calling (970) 453-6871. Guests must reserve by tonight.

– Kimberly Nicoletti

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at

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