A THEY improv Caribbean murder mystery event customized for your group has proven to be perfect for teambuilding corporate events, meetings and incentives awards, weddings, family gatherings, dinners or charity fundraisers! This goes for events on board yachts and cruise ships as well as hotels and resorts in Aruba, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and just about anywhere else you can think of throughout the region. So exactly what is a Caribbean murder mystery dinner and what does it entail?
To answer this, and more specific questions, we have assembled a list of frequently asked questions here, along with appropriate answers.
Q: Do you perform public shows?
A: Most of our shows are private parties and corporate events, though we are available to provide entertainment at area hotels, resorts and cruise ships. If we do so, the events would be advertised through the venue, so simply ask your hotel if they have a murder mystery dinner. If they don't, have them give us a call for potentially booking us.
Q: You say that you customize shows, how customized are they?
A: Every script is unique and written for the show and group involved. Some levels of customization might require an extra fee, such as for a new scenario for a Cambridge Solution. For larger shows, there may be certain elements that have been repeated over the years, but we tailor that beforehand and on-site directly to you. Additionally, all of our performers have years of improvisational training and public performances under their belt. This means that their improv skills are fully taken advantage of and can react to the situations around them. Literally, we could not perform the same show twice even if we tried.
Q: What makes a THEY improv Murder Mystery different from others?
A: THEY improv stands out in the murder mystery business in a lot of ways. The most obvious is that the cast of THEY improv is comprised of some of the top improvisational comedy talent. This means that the show not only has a great interactive experience for the audience, but that the entire cast adjusts to the changing needs and comedic energy of the group involved. Secondly, THEY improv never forgets that the emphasis is on entertainment, not on mystery. The show is designed to entertain the audience more than perplex them. To that effect, we push the murder back in the plot allowing for a larger amount of audience interaction and fun prior to the murder and a shorter interrogation time. In some shows the detective is the star. In ours, the comedy is. Thirdly, some murder mystery companies try to beat the audience and not even give out the prizes. THEY improv guarantees that someone will have been correct in their solution of the murder mystery for our full shows. There are a lot of ways we're different. The best way for you to find out how is to contact us for a show and see for yourself.
Q: Is your material appropriate for younger or sensitive audience members?
A: Younger or more sensitive audience members should have no problem enjoying a night of fun and clean comedy when THEY improv takes the stage. We are predisposed to performing clean comedy shows. If, however, we are requested to become more lively in our performance, we may do so. After all, our murder mysteries are custom-tailored for the audience involved. Our standard policy is to remain one-level cleaner than the audience.
Q: I have a small group, can I have you perform for us?
A: Smaller groups can get cost-prohibitive for murder mysteries, and even more so in the Caribbean. If you have the budget, though, the simple answer is yes.
Q: What is interactive as opposed to immersive?
A: Generally, when someone refers to a show being interactive, it means that the performers will talk to the audience, either to get input or a reaction. Because interactive is a term used and understood in the industry, we tend to use the term incorrectly. Our shows are more accurately referred to as immersive. An immersive performance is where our actors fully participate in the audience experience and can be mistaken as audience members. Some audience members can also be confused with performers. This immersive experience enhances the entire event and increases the involvement of the audience members to the point of maintaining full attention.
Q: Are your murder mysteries like a play?
A: While we prefer the immersive experience, we can perform "Presentational Murder Mysteries." This is performed on a stage or raised area with sound system like a play and with limited audience interaction. This is usually done for much larger groups and is more heavily scripted. This tends to have a higher cost because of the writing involved.
Q: Can my people play some of the parts?
A: We have a variety of offerings. Some of our offerings are designed as a mix and mingle party that allows your participants to interview each other to try to determine the culprit. Another offering allows some of your people to play the roles being interrogated by our detective and the audience to determine the culprit. But for our signature immersive murder mystery dinners, you want to limit the exposure of your people as performers. Quite frankly, they're simply not professional, and our people are. But we will customize any event to you and follow your lead as to who you want to participate. So the short answer? Yes, but it isn't our recommendation.
Q: What is an ambush murder mystery?
A: We are one of the few companies in the country that specializes in the ambush murder mystery. This is a scenario where the audience is unaware that a murder mystery is occurring. We create a situation where our players would reasonably be expected to be in the location. After establishing the legitimacy of our characters, we then create situations that would rarely happen at parties. The 'trainwreck moments' are designed to get the audience talking about what's going on around them and attempt to intercede on behalf of our characters. Think of it as an elaborate prank being played on your audience. When the death finally occurs, the audience then realizes that they've been had and are led through the process of determining the culprit. One of the major advantages of this form of show is that the audiences expectations are constantly changed.
Q: What kind of venues are you available to perform in?
A: THEY improv is capable of performing anywhere. After all, we are improvisational. We are used to making do and reacting to what is at hand. Generally we perform in banquet spaces, dining rooms, hotels, restaurants, yachts, cruise ships, conference centers and theaters. The question usually comes down to an ability to be seen and heard by the audience. The real answer is that you should contact us if you have a venue that you have a question about and we are certain that we can find a way to make it work.