Murder Mystery Dinner: A 1950's Sock Hop Gone Wrong

Saturday, February 8th, 2020 from 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Join the Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department and the Murder Mystery Company on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 for the 3rd Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Show at the John O'Leary Adult Community Center; located at 4 Church Street, Merrimack, NH 03054.

Solve a hilarious murder case while you enjoy a fantastic dinner. This is the perfect gift idea for Valentines Day, the Holidays, a Birthday present for that person who has everything, or just a fun night out for yourself!

"A Dance with Death: A 1950's Sock Hop Gone Sour"
This 1950’s prom is a doo wop disaster! When a death on the dance floor makes this prom night a party foul, it is up to you to figure out whodunit and get this dance back on track. Trade clues with your guests, gather information about the crime, and reveal the punk that made this prom nowheresville. This night of laughter and dancing is now too heavy to razz anyone’s berries, so it’s up to you to find the murderer! Word from the bird is this is one show you will not want to miss. This night is shootin’ to be swell despite the disaster. Get ready to put on your thinking caps; you’ll need your wits about you to solve this crime.

Fee: $50.00 per person which includes dinner, souvenir photo and a ticket to the Murder Mystery Show.

*See below for additional event details

Event Location:

John O'Leary Adult Community Center

4 Church Street

Merrimack, NH 03054

What to Expect

Dinner Menu / Bar Options


Food will be provided by Only Catering of Nashua who has created the following 50's buffet style menu for the event.

  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Ziti with Vegetables
  • Chicken a La King 
  • Beef Stroganoff 
  • Garden Fresh Salad
  • Vegetable Platter with Dip
  • Ambrosia Salad
  • Cheese & Cracker Tray
  • Rolls & Butter
  • Soda & Water
  • Cash Bar with Beer & Wine

Doors will open at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served starting at 6:00 pm. 

*A Gluten Free Meal Option will be available. Please indicate on registration form. 

Who Are the Actors & What Happens During the Evening?


The event is led by a group of talented actors from the Murder Mystery Company based in Boston. The evening will consists of three acts along with a period of investigation time between each act. You will have the next two hours to solve. Many of the guests at the event will be chosen to play the parts of suspects, but EVERYONE gets to help solve the crime. 

The first “Act” puts things in motion. It establishes the world in which the crime is going to take place. It introduces the main characters and some of their basic relationships with one another. It is during this act that the murder will occur.

The first “Investigation Time” occurs. This is the first opportunity for the guests to start really digging into the crime. They get to mingle, question suspects, and work any provided goals.

ACT II: When the second acts starts, specific clues about the death are revealed, and some of the characters are interrogated for clues about themselves, their relationship to the deceased, and any reasons why they would, or would not have committed the crime.

The next investigation time will take place with a new set of goals and additional clues to uncover as the guests try to figure out the method, motive and opportunity for each of the suspects. The actual murderer MUST have all three.

FINAL ACT: The third act is the lineup. All of the primary suspects will be reviewed. Known clues will be revisited, as well as standout keys in their relationship to the deceased. The teams (or individuals) will have one last chance to ask the suspects public questions before having to solve the crime. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can attend?
This event is open to all adult residents and  non-residents. This event is a fun and unique Valentines Day idea for  you and the special someone or the perfect event to go to with a group  of your closest friends. The show is rated Pg-13.  

What should I wear? 

Ladies, bows and pins in your hair will go nicely with your puffy  sleeved prom gowns. Gents, you will look sharp in white and black suits.

We strongly encourage our guests to dress according to  the theme of the show; it makes the evening more fun for everyone!  However, if you choose not to dress up, we suggest you wear something  business casual.  

Will I get a physical ticket to the event?
Yes, after you register online your  official show tickets will be sent to you in the mail. The holidays are  coming faster than you think and these tickets are the perfect thing to  wrap up and give as a gift.  

Will I get picked to be a suspect?

Some people are worried  about being chosen as a suspect. It could not be easier. Our actors will  have costume items selected for you, and everything you need to know  will be given to you in a binder. Our actors will clue you in when it is  time for your character to do something. 

The most you will ever have to  do is read a line or two out loud and answer some questions. Our team  won’t let you fail! Our number-one priority is that everyone has fun,  and we make sure that our chosen characters are given all the tools  needed to have a worry-free experience.