The 13th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Mount Hope on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate & Winery kicks off on March 3, 2021 and continues Fridays, Saturdays, select Sundays, and select Weekdays through May 2. Accept this invitation to the interactive culinary "who-done-it," enjoy a sumptuous four-course meal and the opportunity to become the detective, interrogate the suspects, put the clues together and uncover the truth!

Dates & Tickets

Enter Victorian Mount Hope Mansion, a most unique setting for a theatrical interactive dining experience. To provide a safe environment for both our guests and performers, character interaction will occur during the meal courses and following dessert within the dining rooms while guests remain seated at their distanced, individual-party tables. Performances run Fridays, Saturdays, select Sundays and select weekdays, March 3 through May 2 and are each roughly three hours in length. Dates and times listed below subject to change.

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Ticket Information

General performances are $56.95. Please note there is no children's price for this event. Reservations are encouraged, as there are a limited amount of tickets and perfromances sell out quickly. Murder Mystery tickets are available for purchase on the Virtual Box Office. Doors open 15 minutes prior to event time. Should it be necessary to reschedule your performance date, a $7.50 per ticket fee will be added to your reservation and must be paid at the time the ticket exchange is made.


Group Reservations

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more through Mount Hope's Group Sales Department. This unique and exciting experience makes the perfect setting for our group outing! Private and/or mid-week performances can be scheduled for larger groups! To reserve your spot or to learn more, please visit PaRenFaire.com/Groups

Safety Initiative

Consistent with the most recent guidance from the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, Mount Hope is pleased to update our safety initiatives designed to keep everyone safe - Download Guest COVID Policies (August 1, 2021). As guidance and requirements from various government agencies continue to evolve, so too, will we. Please check back to the website closer to the event and follow us on Facebook @PaRenFaire or join the Royal Email List for news and updates.

TICKETS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Please check back later in the year for details on the 2022 Murder Mystery performances.


2021 Dinner Theater in the Mansion

Enjoy an enchanting four-course banquet within the historic Mount Hope Mansion while you put together the clues and help solve the mystery! Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance start time. Hors d'oeuvres served during this time. Please Note: Regular or Vegetarian meals must be selected at the time of ticket purchase. No substitutions can be made day-of. Menu subject to change.

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Dinner Bread

Cape Code Bay Brown Bread with Whipped Butter

Starter

Bean and Barley Soup

Entrées*

Traditional Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes

Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Pea Casserole

Lord Woolton Pie: Roasted Veggie Pie (V/GF)

Dessert

Gold Nugget Cake: Old Fashioned Carrot Cake with a Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

After Dinner Wine Sample (Guests 21+ Only): Orange Blossom Mead

Alcoholic Beverages

Swashbuckler Beer, Lancaster County Cider, Mount Hope Wine & Signature Cocktails by Spirits Distilling Co.
Alcoholic Beverages Available at the Cash Bar

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Soda, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea
Non-Alcoholic Beverages Included in Ticket Price

*Meal option must be chosen at time of ticket purchase. No substitutions. Menu subject to change without notice.

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2021 Scenario

1946. Victory has been declared, parades have been held, rationing has been lifted-- The Second Great War is officially over! Come join Sydney Westen, the reclusive and eccentric owner of the Mount Hope Estate as she hosts a victory celebration honoring the efforts made on the home front and featuring some of the USO performers that gave comfort to our troops abroad. Remember, war ends, but deception never dies. Trouble is brewing underneath the surface of this celebration, and danger can come from the most unlikely of places. Come uncover the secrets and solve the mysteries of the Murder at Mount Hope.



Mansion Walk Through

2021 Photography & Mansion Walk Through by Luria Visuals • LuriaVisuals.com

2021 Cast Information

Interact with the talented cast members inside the historic Mount Hope Mansion as you put together the clues and help solve the mystery. Guests will long remember this experience.

Leigh Anne Hamlin

Leigh Anne Hamlin

Betty Gauge
Singer
Brian Huff

Brian Huff

Oliver Crusoe
Comedian
Mary Huff

Mary Huff

Dorothy Tetryl
Singer
Jules Schrader

Jules Schrader

Judy Empennage
Singer
Joe Penn

Joe Penn

Lenny Robinson
Comedian
Alex Stompoly

Alex Stompoly

Lieutenant Elliot Carter
USO Tour Manager
Katelyn Schreiner

Katelyn Shreiner

Sydney Westen
Mansion Owner



Production Credits

Writer/Director: Jeff Wolfthal • Music Director: Jules Schrader • Music Arranged By: Allison Petrillo • Creative Production Manager/Masion Decor: Carrie Emich-Wallace • Production Stage Manager/House Manager: Roe Manzo • Prop Master: Morgan Firestone • Production Assistant: Becca Starr • Original Costumes By: Lily Steiner • Head Costumer: Whitney Vaughan • Assistant Costumer: Jean Swalm • Company Manager: Alex Stompoly • Artistic Director: Barbara Geary • Executive Producer: Scott Bowser • Multimedia Designer: Gabrielle England-Pagan • Executive Chefs: Tom Hoover & William Michaels • Front of House Manager: Joan Berg



Murder Mystery 2021 Cast

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions that have not been answered below, please contact our business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM or visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.

General Information

The event is located inside Mount Hope Mansion on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545. Murder Mystery runs Fridays, Saturdays, select Sundays and select Weekdays, March 3 through early May 2. For more information on specific show times, please visit the Dates & Tickets Page.
There is plenty of free parking all around the Mansion within walking distance.
There are multiple food options available. For more information on both food choices, please visit Dining Page.
The Mansion bar will be open for drink purchases during the duration of the performances. Select Swashbuckler Ales, Mount Hope Wines, Lancaster County Ciders, Signature Cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at the bar. Specific bar menu options will be available the day of the performance.

Please Note: If you are visibly intoxicated, we reserve the right to no longer serve you alcohol. If you become a disturbance during the performance, we will ask you to leave the Mansion without issuing a refund.
While the ticket price does not include gratuity, any tip left by you to the hosts is at your discretion. Like any restaurant, gratuities are a special way for you to acknowledge service provided to you and should refelct your satisfaction with the service.
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our In the Area Page for specific information.
As a courtesy to others, video/audio recording and photography are strictly prohibited during the show. Photos are permitted before introductions.
You may carry your cell phone with you during the performance, but please make sure to turn it off as a courtesy to others. If you need to make or retrieve a call, please excuse yourself to our front porch for the duration of the call.
The dress code is casual to business casual. The storyline changes each year, and guests are welcome to dress in time period appropriate attire, but it is not required.
Animals are not allowed in the Mansion except for service animals while performing their qualifying services.
Children are welcome to attend, but require a ticket due to the limited capacity of the dinner theater experience.
Please be respectful of the actors. We invite our guests to interact with the actors, but be mindful of their personal space and real human feelings. These dedicated professionals work to build interactive, magical environments for our guests and any form of intimidation, threat or harm to an employee or other guests will never be tolerated.
Our mission is "Building interactive, magical environments that create unique and entertaining experiences for every guest, every time." Our goal is to provide a place for our employees to work and visitors to play in an atmosphere of inclusion, respect and safety. Self-expression is welcome with the understanding that intimidation, threat or harm to another person will never be tolerated. We value and respect the differences in our ever-expanding audiences and will continue to welcome everyone to this place of imagination, creativity and fun.
PRF will follow state Covid mandates at the time of event. Due to frequent changes in the guidelines, please follow our Facebook Page and Royal Email List Newsletter to be the first to hear about updates.

We hope that our Safety Care Measures [Theater Edition] provide you with essential information for what to do BEFORE you arrive at Mount Hope, what you'll experience WHEN you arrive, and how to make the most of your visit. This information will be updated as new policies or procedures are mandated.

Please Note: Capacity restrictions will be in place and all event tickets will be by reservation only in advance through the Online Box Office and will be date and time specific. No tickets will be sold on site the day of the an event. No exceptions.

Ticket Information

With your admission ticket, you receive a sumptuous four-course meal and the chance to play the detective in this unique and exciting live dinner theater!
You can purchase advance tickets at the Virtual Box Office. All tickets must be bought in advance.
All sales are final. There are no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations.

Conditions of Ticket Sale

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. Event tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and not for resale. Once a ticket has been scanned at the Front Gate upon entry, it is voided and no longer holds any value. The Faire does not monitor any guests’ level of participation or length of stay. Refunds are not available to guests who choose to leave. The bearer of an event ticket agrees to hold blameless and harmless Mazza Vineyards, Inc. or any of its affiliates, in the event of personal injury or loss or damage to property. The holder of the ticket assumes all responsibilities for any risk of bodily harm or loss of property sustained while attending the event, and waives all rights to lay claim for damages resulting from any cause whatsoever either before, during or after the event. You must be 21 or older to purchase or consume Alcohol.

Your ID will be verified before being served alcohol. Outside food, drink and pets are not permitted. You hereby consent to the reasonable search for alcoholic beverages, drugs, or firearms. You further consent to the use of your image or likeness incidental to any display, transmission, or reproduction of the event.

Management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the terms and conditions of these conditions of ticket sale.
Should it be necessary to reschedule your performance date, a $7.50 per ticket fee will be added to your reservation and must be paid at the time the ticket exchange is made.
Please note that doors will open 15 minutes prior to the show start time. Please allow yourself enough time to check in.
Performances occur as scheduled. In the event of extreme weather conditions, guests will be notified in advance of any changes.

Mansion Information

Smoking is prohibited in the Mansion. If you need to go out to smoke during the performance, please note that the doors will lock behind you.
Outside food and drink items are NOT permitted in the Mansion with the exception of water.
Yes, all Theater in the Mansion performances are ADA accessible. There is handicapped parking available at the Wine Shop, just follow the directional signs that lead you to that area when you arrive.

Please go to the Wine Shop and inform the staff that you require the handicapped accessible entrance to the rear of the Mansion. You will be directed where to go to enter the building.
Cars are permitted to stay parked in the lot overnight if the driver has been drinking and has found another way home. Camping is not permitted in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
There are restrooms located inside of the Mansion and the Wine Shop. Staff will be happy to point you in the right direction!
Items found during or after the event will be kept in the Wine Shop (717-665-7021 ext 129).

Contact Mount Hope

Use the form below or email: RoyalSPK@PaRenFaire.com
Please Note: Office Hours are Mon-Fri, 9AM-4PM