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Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre serves up crime, comedy and killer cuisine

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre serves up crime, comedy and killer cuisine

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It's one of Orlando's real hidden gems. A dinner theatre show that's entertained literally hundreds of thousands of tourists since it first opened its doors back in 1980,

Which show am I talking about? Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre. Voted the "Best Dinner Show" of 2008 by the readers of the Orlando Sentinel, Sleuths is a 2 1/2 hour-long scripted comic mystery that features plenty of improvisation and audience participation.

“So what’s a typical evening at this dinner theatre like?,” you ask. Well, you see, that’s the thing. Sleuths features fourteen different shows in constant rotation. This means that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever catch the same show twice whenever you drop by 8267 International Boulevard.

Sleuths Mystery Theater
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But – that being said – an evening at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre typically starts out in the gift shop that’s located next to the actual theater. Here, you check-in. And then – as you wander around, checking out all of the mystery-themed merchandise on display here – you can then help yourself to some hot & cold hors d’oeurves while interacting with a few of the colorful characters who will soon be onstage next door.

That’s the real charm of Sleuths. This is interactive dinner theater. Which means that it’s up to you, your friends & family to solve the crime that’s about to happen. And this murder will happen right in front of you. So keep your eyes open, because you’ll soon be asked to provide questions for the lead investigator. Not to mention sifting through clues before you then get to vote on “who'dun'it?”

But don’t go expecting that a Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre show will be all that easy to solve. You see, the show’s six member cast isn’t going to be all that helpful. They’re typically Disney & Universal veterans who – after spending years performing in front of hundreds of thousands of people at the theme parks – can think on their feet. These folks are quick with the quips and highly skilled at misdirection. More importantly, they never ever break character.

Which must be kind of daunting. Given the huge number of characters that these actors have to learn how to play. In “Lord Mansfield’s Fox Hunt Banquet,” they’re upper class Brits gathering for a festive meal when one of their number then runs afoul of the law. In “Kim & Scott Tie the Knot,” the cast plays this group of boisterous Italians whose wedding plans go astray when a microchip goes missing. In “The Premiere,” Hollywood comes to Orlando, but not in a good way. As these "B" movie actors will soon need your help in order to solve "A" murder mystery.

Sleuths Myster Theater
Copyright 2008 Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

Mind you, while all this craziness is going on and you’re interrogating suspects, there’s also this great dinner being served.You can dine on prime rib, honey-glazed Cornish hen or cheese lasagna. Or – if you prefer your murder & mayhem to be meat-free – Sleuths serves a strictly-vegetarian dinner. And did I mention that unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks are included as part of your meal?

And then – as dessert is being delivered to your table – you vote for who you think committed the crime. The results are then tabulated and the real culprit is revealed. And everyone who guessed right then walks away from Sleuths with a little something to remember this show by.

All in all, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre is a fun evening out in Orlando; especially if you’re traveling with family and/or a large group of friends who want an affordable alternative to doing dinner at the theme parks yet again.

Sleuths is located in the Goodings Plaza on International Boulevard, right next door to -- believe it or not -- Ripley’s Believe It or Not. And given that this dinner theatre will sometimes present two or more shows in the same evening, it's probably best to do a little advance planning.

Sleuths Dinner Theater
Copyright 2008 Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

And if you ever need help with doing that advance planning ... Well, why not drop by Orlando Fun Tickets? We're located less than 2 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort, 2 lights west of I-4 at 8472 Palm Parkway. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For further information, please call 866-225-4712 and/or check out the official Orlando Fun Tickets website.

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