Stratford Players is providing Idyllwild with a unique evening of fun in the form of a murder mystery party.

  “Dead Man’s Chest” is a live-action game set in the Mardi Gras gala of 1850s New Orleans. Stratford’s actors will assume a host of colorful characters, all scrambling to gain possession of a pirate treasure map. At least one of them will be murdered; at least one will be a murderer. Whodunit? That’s for you to figure out.

  The troupe’s founder, Marsha Kennedy, directs this lively mystery-comedy, which features both Stratford veterans and first-timers. “After fire, snow and flooded highways, Idyllwild needs celebrations,” Kennedy said. “We invite one and all to join us for this playful bit of nonsense.”

  Between scenes, you will have a chance to mingle with the characters (and do a little sleuthing), have your photo taken with pirate props and backdrop, bid on silent auction items, grab a goodie from the Treasure Table, and enjoy refreshments and the musical stylings of piano master Ed Hansen.

  At the close of the evening, the murderer(s) will be revealed (as of this writing, even the actors don’t know who he/she/they may be), and prizes will be awarded to those guests who solved the mystery.

  Come as you are, or spruce up in 1850s or pirate attire to possibly take home a special prize for best costume.

“Dead Man’s Chest” is a special event to help provide financing for future plays and for the stage in the auditorium of the Christian Science Church, where Stratford Players usually perform. 

  Mark your calendars for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Town Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets to “Dead Man’s Chest” are $15, and are available at the door or on Stratford’s website at Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.