Getting Hitched: a Murder Mystery Dinner at @whodunitTO! #GettingHitched

Getting Hitched: a Murder Mystery Dinner at @whodunitTO! #GettingHitched
05 Feb 2015

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When Wendy and I were invited out to see Mysteriously Yours’ new show, Getting Hitched, I was really excited. Mysteriously Yours puts on some fantastic dinner theatre shows, and I’m sure this one will not disappoint.

01 GETTING HITCHED MY SIGN INSIDE

Parking: Get there early!

It’s Yonge Street. In Toronto. Get there early so you can find a parking spot on the street. Parking is available on both sides of the street.

As Wendy and I had a busy day, we were not able to leave Oakville until 5:30pm. We got caught in some pretty bad traffic on the Gardiner. By the time we arrived in the area of Mysteriously Yours, it was 6:45pm, and there didn’t appear to be any street parking.

There is a parking lot behind the Canadian Tire head office near Yonge and Eglinton (where the Cineplex and Mandarin are located). It’s an easy 5 minute walk, and there was plenty of parking.

02 GETTING HITCHED NAMETAGS

Nametags & Coat Check

Before you head down the stairs to the dinner theatre, you are required to fill out a name tag, so the actors can refer to you by name. There is also a mandatory coat check.

03 GETTING HITCHED DECORATED BALLROOM

The Theatre: Where all the action takes place!

The ambience in the room is wonderful. It is large room, yet a very cozy atmosphere. The lights on the tables, the warm décor, and the friendly wait staff all make for a fantastic experience.

Getting Hitched

This show is about the director Alfred “Hitch” Hitchmock, the famous director of The Angry Birds, throwing an engagement party for his daughter, Kelly Grace to the Prince of Monaco.

04 GETTING HITCHED NAME AND CANDY

Our table

We were seated at table 12, with a 2 youths and their Mom. This was their first time. As we were all wearing nametags, we introduced ourselves.

At each place setting, there was a small package of chocolate bark, which was to be our “engagement party” take home gift.

05 GETTING HITCHED FOOD MENU

The Dinner Menu

As we were a tab bit late, we quickly glanced the menu. All of the dinner options were gluten free, as was one of the dessert items.

06 GETTING HITCHED DRINK MENU

The Drink Menu

There were plenty of options for those wanting alcoholic beverages to accompany their meals. From creatively named martinis and cocktails like “Bloody Victim” and “Sparkling Cyanide”, to a large assortment of red and white wines.

For those who wanted something sans alcohol, there were some great mocktail options. Pop, juices and ice tea are also available.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are an additional cost. However, tea and coffee are included in the cost of your dinner.

07 GETTING HITCHED SOUP

Killer Apps

For my appetizer, I chose the Chef’s soup creation. It was a delicious potato leak soup.

07 GETTING HITCHED WENDY SALAD

Wendy had the M.Y. Salad (arugula salad with tomato, radicchio, and feta cheese in a fresh basil and red wine vinaigrette). She enjoyed it.

For an additional cost, there was also an option to get a special shared appetizer. Baked Camembert: served with red pepper jelly and an assortment of crostini.

08 GETTING HITCHED DINNER

The Main Event

Of the 4 choices on the menu, I chose the Thai Coconut Vegan Curry (aromatic sweet potato and chickpea curry, served with coconut lime rice and fresh Thai basil). It was fantastic! The flavour was amazing, the dish was aromatic, and there was just the right amount of heat.

08 GETTING HITCHED WENDY DINNER

Wendy ordered the Maple Dijon Chicken (maple Dijon roasted chicken breast served with a cranberry scallion rice pilaf and green beans). She said it was delicious. She gave me a bite of the chicken. It was tender, and the maple Dijon glaze was superb.

The other two options on the menu were an Herbed Baked Tilapia (baked in a parsley-chive compound butter, served with rustic white bean mash, spinach lemon aioli, and roasted cherry tomatoes), and Provencale Beef Stew (tender beef and vegetables stewed in red wine and French herbs for three hours, served over garlic mashed potatoes).

All 4 of these options are gluten free!

09 GETTING HITCHED DESSERT

Just Desserts

For dessert, Wendy had the Classic Tiramisu. She said it was light, fluffy, and very tasty!

Other dessert options included a Salted Chocolate Pot de Crème (salted chocolate custard topped with caramel popcorn), or a Lemon Tart (zesty lemon tart served with fresh raspberries and toasted pistachios).

10 GETTING HITCHED PROGRAM

On with The Show!

While desserts were being consumed, the cast came out (in character) to schmooze with the crowd.

11 GETTING HITCHED PENCILS

Mysteriously Yours places a cup with pencils on each table.

12 GETTING HITCHED CLUES

You are also given a program with all the actor’s bios. There is room on the back of the program for notes. This is where you can write down clues throughout the show.

Our table started writing the names of the characters beside the actor’s names in the supplied program.

The Cast

Tipsy

BIRGITTE SOLEM* – Birgitte is happy to be working in theatre, TV and commercially. Selected theatre credits include: Mom’s the Word (both at the Drayton Festival and Magnus Theatre); Samkon and Francis Go Swimming (Toronto Fringe Festival); Language of the Heart and The Rochdale Project (Theatre Passe Muraille); Filthy Rich; Sometime; Never; Anne and Stolen Lives (the Blyth Festival); Fifteen Seconds (Great Canadian Theatre Company) and Fast Lane (National Arts Centre). Television credits include: Satisfaction; Alien Mysterie; Against the Wall; Breakout Kings; Little Mosque on the Prairie; ReGenesis and Tilt. She will also be appearing in the upcoming feature film Portrait of a Serial Monogamist. Birgitte has appeared in and voiced several commercials, and has been performing with Mysteriously Yours for over 16 years!

13 GETTING HITCHED NORMA

Norma

DEBBIE COLLINSDebbie is thrilled to be back at the Limelight, now Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, as this is where she did her first musical show, A Chorus Line. Other stage credits include: Mixed Doubles, The Producers, The Judy Garland Show, which she wrote and starred in, and her one woman show, Debbie Collins is: Faster Louder, Funnier. Debbie thanks Randy Vancourt for introducing her to Mysteriously Yours. Debbie is currently co-producer of Crazy Pants Theatre Company in Beeton, ON. Check out their website.

14 GETTING HITCHED MAC

Mac

TOM MELISSISTom is both thrilled and giddy to be back working with Mysteriously Yours and to be working with yet another superbly talented cast. He has been a professional actor for over 25 years, and currently can be seen in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Some of his past credits include being a series regular in the award winning hit TV show Due South and guest starring in several other acclaimed shows such as Flashpoint and Da Vinci’s Inquest to name just a few. His comedic skills were honed while performing with the Second City during the late 80’s and continue to be honed while sharing laughs in the dressing room with his current cast mates.

15 GETTING HITCHED KELLY GRACE

Kelly Grace

STEPHANIE FOLKINSStephanie made her way to the big city after attending Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Secret Garden (Theatre New Brunswick), Frost/Nixon, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Saint John Theatre Company) and Ivor Johnston’s Neighbours (Ship’s Company Theatre). She has been working with Mysteriously Yours for two years now and is completely enamoured with this incredible company. She wishes to extend many thanks to the wonderful people here who have made Getting Hitched possible and of course to her inspirational teachers, incredible family and great friends for looking out for the ‘strange little actor girl!’

16 GETTING HITCHED HITCH

Hitch / Archie

ALLAN COOKE* – Allan is pleased as punch to be back working with Mysteriously Yours after loving the role of Knuckles in Speakeasy!. Originally from England, Allan has been a Toronto based actor for four years, making strides in voiceover work (he recently provided voices for a new PS4 game) as well as being seen in TV shows like Murdoch Mysteries, Reign, and the short film The Bone Orchard.

17 GETTING HITCHED WENDY ARCHIE

He calcified his funny bone by training with Second City and performing with sketch troupe Weaker Vessels (Cream of Comedy Finalists 2014) before doing good deeds last winter dressed as the Abominable Snowman. A keen scriptwriter, he’s currently working on some very groovy projects – so Watch This Space! (after watching the show, or course…). Enjoy!

18 GETTING HITCHED NORMAN

Norman

PADDY FORDEOriginally from the north of England, Paddy trained with the prestigious; ‘National Youth Theatre of Great Britain’, where the likes of Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, and Ben Kingsley also trained. He appeared in the West End productions of Nicolas Nickelby and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was part of the company chosen to represent Britain at ‘The International Youth Festival’ in Berlin. Now based in Toronto, he can often be seen on stage in one of the many comedy clubs around town and keep an eye out for him in the upcoming season of Paranormal Witness on the SyFy channel. He is excited about his first season with Mysteriously Yours and is looking forward to exploring his ‘Psycho’ side.

(*appears through the courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)

And we can’t forget the chef!

CHEF JUSTINE VOUTTAs a Toronto native and George Brown Graduate, Justine is constantly pulling inspiration from this beautiful city’s diverse culinary landscape. Her creativity and passion for food has led her to many successful endeavours in the cooking world. From working as a sous chef at North Haven Resort, Manitoba’s 5-star fishing resort, to running an award-winning brunch restaurant (Niche Coffee and Tea, BlogTO’s 2011 Best Brunch) to being celebrity personal chef on the hit TV show Nikita, Justine is delighted to return to Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre!

19 GETTING HITCHED BRIAN WENDY

Artistic Director – Brian Caws

Lili and Brian Caws have been active members of Toronto’s theatre community for over 35 years. They met at the Limelight Dinner Theatre where they began their professional theatre careers, Brian as a performer and Lili as Restaurant Manager. In 1987 they created Mysteriously Yours, and begun developing their unique style of interactive murder mysteries at the prestigious Royal York Hotel. They’ve taken their troupe throughout Canada and the United States. Their mysteries have been performed as far away as Singapore. Over the course of 27 successful years, Mysteriously Yours has developed a repertoire of more than 50 original mysteries.In October 1999, Lili and Brian came full circle as they proudly attended the opening of their smash hit Murder On The Limelight Express! in their own venue, the former Limelight Dinner Theatre, now known as Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre.

Brian went table to table asking for feedback from the patron. Form what I could hear of the nearby tables, all was positive. When he came to our table, we echoed those sentiments.

20 GETTING HITCHED CRAIG BRIAN

We got a chance to chat with Brian after the show as well. He is very proud of the productions they put on at Mysteriously Yours, and is excited for this run of Getting Hitched.

Getting Hitched was a hit!

The crowd was alive for the entire show. The actors were bang on, and fully in tuned with their parts and the crowd. Getting Hitched did not disappoint!

Unfortunately, I can not give away “who dun it”.. so you’ll have to go check out the show for yourself. Trust me when I say this… you will have a smashing good time!

21 GETTING HITCHED CAST TAKING PICTURES

As customary with each Mysteriously Yours show, the actors invited the crowd to stick around and get their photo taken with them.

22 GETTING HITCHED WENDY CRAIG WITH CAST

I’ve done this each time I was there. This time, someone offered to take the picture for us, so Wendy and I could both be in it.

23 GETTING HITCHED GIVEAWAY

Win 2 tickets to see Getting Hitched!

The folks at Mysteriously Yours were generous enough to offer me two tickets to see a future production of Getting Hitched to give away on my blog! The show runs through the end of March 2015. If a date cannot be worked out for this run, then the tickets would be for a future production at Mysteriously Yours.

All you have to do to win is click through the Giveaway Tools link, and follow the prompts. Be sure to enter in your email (very important). The more options you choose to do, the more chances you have of winning.

Good luck!

Cheers,
Big Daddy

Disclaimer: I was invited by Mysteriously Yours to review Getting Hitched. All opinions are my own.

If you would like me to review your service, product, or travel destination, please send me an email at craig@bigdaddykreativ.ca or find me on “the twitter” at @BigDaddyKreativ


Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

Comments

  1. I’ve been once before about 20 years ago.

  2. I would love this! Thanks for the review Craig, I have never been and I think it would be a perfect date night out for hubby and I :)

  3. I’ve never been but I’d love to go! Entering now :)

  4. I’ve never been but would love to go with my boyfriend !

  5. I have never been to a murder mystery. However, given the time that you had, I am definitely up to it. Fingers crossed that we win as it would be a great date night provided things don’t get deadly…

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  6. Pam Wood Humphrey : February 7, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Yes many years ago we attended a Godfather themed murder mystery. I am eager to try Mysteriously Yours.

  7. Maggie Cheung : February 7, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Never been to one before but always wanted to try! It looks like a blast!

  8. Pam Wood Humphrey : February 8, 2015 at 10:31 am

    yes I have been to one before

  9. No I’ve never been

  10. Pam Wood Humphrey : February 10, 2015 at 5:52 am

    I have been once before but am eager to go again.

  11. No I have never been to one before.

  12. I’ve never been to a murder mystery before..this sounds amazing!
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  13. Darlene Schuller : February 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Never!! But, it’s on my bucket list!!!

  14. Never been to a murder mystery before!

  15. No, I have never been before.

  16. Darlene Schuller : February 11, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I have never been, but want to!

  17. I’ve never been to a murder mystery but I’ve always wanted to go. It seems like fun.

  18. Darlene Schuller : February 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I have never been to a murder mystery dinner

  19. Darlene Schuller : February 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Haven’t been to one yet, but really hoping to go someday.

  20. I’ve never been to a murder mystery

  21. Darlene Schuller : February 14, 2015 at 6:23 am

    I have never been to a murder mystery dinner yet!

  22. I’ve never been but they do sound like fun

  23. Darlene Schuller : February 15, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I haven’t been to one YET, but it’s one of the things Id like to do in my lifetime

  24. I’ve never been, Looks like fun!

  25. Darlene Schuller : February 16, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I haven’t ever been to a mystery dinner but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do! I just can’t begin to imagine how intriguing and fun it must have been. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  26. I’ve never been but it does sound like a load of fun

  27. Darlene Schuller : February 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I haven’t been to a mystery dinner yet!

  28. I’ve never been

  29. Darlene Schuller : February 18, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I’ve never been but I sure plan on it one day!!! Wishing everyone the best of luck!

  30. Darlene Schuller : February 19, 2015 at 7:37 am

    A murder mystery dinner is on my bucket list.. I honestly did not realize this was in Toronto…though..Toronto has everything so.. silly me. Thanks for the opportunity to win Mr Silva!

  31. I’ve played them, and I even hosted one for friends at the Drake before, but I haven’t ever attended a dinner show of it.

  32. Looks so fun!

  33. I’ve never been to a murder mystery, but I have played a murder mystery game at home with friends.

  34. I’ve never been to a murder mystery…sounds like fun

  35. Darlene Schuller : February 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I would so love to go! I’ve never attended yet.

  36. No, I have never attended a murder mystery, but ever since Sherlock Holmes back in the day, I have wanted to attend one.

  37. Darlene Schuller : February 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve not been yet but I sure plan on making it to one someday

  38. I’ve been to a dinner show but never a murder mystery

  39. Darlene Schuller : February 22, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I’ve never attended a murder mystery dinner, but I’ve read and heard a ton about them!

  40. I’ve never been but I would love to go

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