PLANNING THE EVENT
for choosing Metropolis Mystery Theatre for your upcoming
special event(s). One of the things that makes our company #1 in
customer satisfaction is being able to take care of all the details
of the show long before the date of the event. To that end, we would
like to give you all the information you would need.
The advantage to a Metropolis dinner or luncheon party is
that the client doesnt have to plan anything else. We are
there when the guests arrive, and the show continues through the
whole meal, wrapping up to a rousing finale at dessert. We time
the event to the individual client. If they want a cocktail hour
for the guests to mingle before they start playing the mystery game,
we work that into the flow of the event.
Metropolis is a show, a theatre event with a professional
cast and tech crew. It is a playful, interactive game. It
is a comedy performance featuring great improvisational actors.
It is a personalized piece, tailored for each client, using
insider info about the guests (and their company.) It is a great value;
for the price youd pay for live background music, you can
get a whole evenings entertainment.
What Metropolis is ideal for:
-Holiday Parties, Birthdays, etc
-Company meetings where the guests dont want to discuss business,
but want something fun
-Dinners or luncheons where the guests dont know each other
-Annual parties trying to top last years party
What Metropolis should not be used for:
-Entertainment while other entertainment is going on (like a
Bay cruise with Karaoke on one deck, mystery show on another)
-Parties where the guests dont want to be bothered with concentrating
on anything (where they just want to chat)
-Pool parties, or outside events where the audience roams
-"Mingle parties", where the guests are never seated
-Parties where not everyone can see and hear the show
What do we need? An event where the guests want to be
entertained. An event where the guests will play along.
We need a space where all the guests can see the action (so they
should all be in the same room). We need a site where all the guests
could hear a standard 2 speaker PA system (large, high ceiling,
echo-ey rooms are not as effective as regular banquet rooms). We
need a room large enough to comfortably seat all the guests and
have room between the tables, and a playing area big enough to fit
5 actors. For parties of over 50 guests, we request enough room
for 2 or 3 playing areas. For parties of over 100 guests, we recommend
raised playing areas (risers).
Since we bring in microphones, taped sound, and a follow spot light,
it must be a site that will allow outside non-union lights and sound.
We need a "tech area" for this equipment and crew in the
rear of the room. We recommend rooms without mirrored walls, as the
spotlight reflection may blind the guests. (We may mutually agree to not use spotlights in this case.)
We arrive 3 hours before the arrival of the guests to rehearse the
show and set up the lights & sound. We request 8 meals for the
cast and crew 90 minutes before the arrival of the guests. This
insures a good show; it is totally mapped out, the actors are fed
(so they dont stare at the guests food for the next
few hours) and everything is ready.
We need a suitable backstage area for the entire duration of the
rehearsal & event, as close as possible to the playing area,
in a space that will not be used by the guests. A suitable area
would be one big enough to accommodate 8 actors and crew with costumes,
props, etc. We request at least one table, 8 chairs, a coat rack,
water & glasses for the actors, and a full length mirror (if
possible). There must be some rest room or changing room facilities.
We operate on the assumption that there is an area to easily load
in the equipment, and that there is free parking for the cast and
All of our shows so far have been dinner and luncheon events. These
seem to work the best. Round tables work better than long tables
for sightlines. If there are large displays at the tables, it obstructs
the guests view and the path of the spotlight. Its good
to be forewarned if there are columns or posts, structures, balloons,
etc. obstructing views. We have had the greatest success in banquet
halls in hotels, although we have done our shows in restaurants,
wineries, homes, offices, historical buildings, ships, etc. We can
do a great show anywhere; we just need to make sure that we have
attended to all of the details.
It is part of our fee to confer with the client and get background
info on the guests or the company to use in tailoring the show for
them. We also coordinate details with the site representative, the
The end result is a totally personalized theater show to be remembered
long after the date of the event. Its truly a party "to