November 08, 2010

Holiday murder mystery dinner set for Dec. 3

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Could Kris Kringle actually be a killer? You’ll never know unless you come to a holiday murder mystery dinner at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and find out!

“Murder on 34th Street: The Trial of the Century” is set for 7 p.m., Dec. 3, in the Student Center’s Renaissance Room. The evening includes a full dinner and a Christmas mystery performance that you can be part of if you’d like.

The dinner menu includes mixed green salad with cranberries, roasted apples and mandarin oranges with honey Dijon or raspberry vinaigrette dressing and chicken with spinach, mushrooms and artichokes. Also, pearl cous cous fruit and honey salad, roasted vegetable medley and caramelized onion and garlic smashed potatoes are on the menu. Desserts are pound cake with Chantilly and strawberry sauce and caramel apple cinnamon crumb. Coffee and iced tea are included as well.

The interactive murder mystery comedy allows those in attendance to take on “starring” roles or just relax, watch the show and guess who committed the murder most foul. Kris Kringle, also known as Santa Claus, stands accused of killing Reginald T. Sawyer, the famous Macy’s department store psychologist. It’s the same man Kringle bonked on the head many years ago with his cane. Thomas Mara is prosecuting Kringle once again, this time for murder, and he’s up against defense attorney Doris Walker Gaylee. This same Gaylee, along with her husband Fred, proved Kringle to be the true Santa Claus and now they seek to prove he didn’t commit this horrible murder.

Could the real killer be Miss Candy Cane? Or perhaps it is Cindy Lou Who or Ima Shopper. Or even Clement Seemore, Dingle Kringle or maybe Frosty T. Snowman. The only way to know for sure is to attend this fun event.

Tickets are $20 for SIUC students or $30 for the general public. Seating is limited and tickets are available only in advance at the business office on the second floor of the Student Center or by calling 618/453-3478. There is no additional charge incurred when buying tickets via telephone.

The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can purchase tickets until 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 or when supplies run out, whichever is first. All ticket sales are non-refundable. This is the premiere for a holiday murder mystery at the Student Center but SIUC murder mysteries typically sell out days before, organizers say.

Student Center Special Programs and Center Events and Student Center Dining Services are sponsors for “Murder on 34th Street.” For more information, call 618/453-1142 or look online at