Crime & Merriment Mysteries

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 (Stan Watkins)
Serving Jacksonville FL

We have been entertaining audiences since 1987 with our live, interactive murder mysteries.

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Our murder mystery parties are a great way to entertain your guests at your next gathering. We offer an engaging and interactive show that will let your friends follow the clues to the surprising conclusion. Whether it's an evening at a western dude ranch or a spooky night in a Transylvanian castle, we'll provide a show that will have your guests talking about it long after the curtain falls.

Our goal is to create a challenging yet solvable mystery scenario. All of our shows are well researched, and we strive to ensure that our content is suitable for all ages. Our talented troupe writes all of our material, and put on a show that's perfect for restaurants, banquet halls, corporate events, schools, and private parties. We even offer a weekend getaway package, including inviations, costumes, and props, which is a wonderful way to celebrate a reunion, a corporate retreat, or Halloween. We can come to your location or suggest one for you.

Some of our original shows include:
Murder Back at the Ranch - murder with a western flair
Interlude with the Vampyre - spooky fun set in an ancient castle
Death on the Rocks -set in Alcatraz
The Mystery of the Surviving Idol - stars of a top reality show are droppped on a mysterious island
Spirits are Killing - fun in a 1920s speakeasy

Please visit our website for detailed information on all of our shows. We can also work with you to create a custom work exactly tailored to suit your occasion. We will also assist with planning, costumes, possible menu choices, props, and party favors to ensure every detail adds to the flavor of your performance. For an additional fee we can also provide an onsite party guide for your event.

Everyone loves a mystery, and our audience participation performance will delight your guests as they join in the show. We look forward to providing you a memorable enetrtainment experience.


Among other cities, Crime & Merriment Mysteries may serve the following areas: Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Fruit Cove, Mayport, Switzerland, Maxville, Hastings, Whitehouse, Tn of Nocatee, Neptune Beach, Keystone Heights, Elkton, Armstrong, Callahan, Dinsmore, Town of Nocatee, Amelia City, Fleming Island, Fernandina Beach, Hilliard, Jacksonville NAS, Bryceville, Yulee, Green Cove Springs, Amel



 17 Reviews
  Fabulous Dinner Party
My husband and I hosted a Crime and Merriment Mystery Dinner Party with Stan and had an amazing time. Stan was so helpful in getting us prepared for the evening by providing a synopsis of the story and the characters, with a description of each, a few weeks before the party. That enabled us to invite the perfect group of people. On the night of the party, Stan arrived right on time and was extremely nice, courteous, and knowledgeable. The party was a huge success and everybody had a wonderful time. If you like to entertain and are looking to do something a little bit different, and very interactive, this party is for you! I highly recommend it.
  Best Birthday Ever
I decided to do a murder mystery party for my 30th birthday. It was so much fun to have my guests be a part of the show. It was more interactive than I expected and was very pleased with that! Being able to act in the show as well was incredibly fun. All of the actors/actresses were incredibly professional and very nice. I love that they stayed in character in between “chapters” as well. Very easy to coordinate and plan for my party. Highly recommend and have already referred the group to a couple friends who are interested.
  Great for College Events
Crime & Merriment was a great company to work with and bring to my University, Framingham State. Their show Mystery of the Surviving Idol was fantastic and they really try to trick you into picking the wrong person as the murderer. The actors were hilarious both in and out of character. Just a wonderful group all together. We're definitely going to bring them back next year and have spread to the Student Involvement Office that they should use them if another club wants to also to a Murder Mystery Dinner.
  Great Show
The group that did a show at Framingham state was fantastic so much fun to watch. And I loved the interactive part of it with us solving the mystery and even getting to sing some karaoke or auditioning as they put it. I hope this group can come back to FSU at some point in the future.
  Perfect for colleges
Recently at Framingham State University, our gaming club held a murder mystery dinner, run by us and Crime and Merriment. The cast was phenomenal and fun to work with! The mystery was creative and loads of fun, and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was very interactive and we're definitely going to them again for future events!
  Great Show!
I loved this group so much!! They were all so talented, and they did a phenomenal job portraying each character, as well as involving the audience members. It was a great night, and I recommend them to whoever wants a great show with acting and singing!
  Beats the movies hands down!
Whenever our Local Knights of Columbus council hosts a Crime & Merriment Mysteries event, my wife and I always make a point to attend. Sure, going out to the movies is fun, but nothing beats the spontaneity of a live show. And with C&MM's signature Who Dunnit format, I really love how the actors interact with the audience, and likewise, we get to mingle with them, prodding them for more clues to try to solve the mystery. Great suspense, good music and lots of laughs. A fun night out for sure!
  Love these guys!!!!
This is a super troupe! They excel at drawing in the group and making the experience very special! The plays are written with excitement and suspense LOVE THEM!
  love this group!!!
I have been involved with C&M before I graduated high school in 2000 and have been in the shows on and off for the last 18 years.. never has a cast been as fun or been a privilege to work with.. the talent is amazing and are very easy going.. if you hire C&M you will get your money's worth and then some!!
  Fun and funny
My wife and I caught MURDER BACK AT THE RANCH at a local venue a couple of years ago, the production was topnotch, story engaging and the acting excellent. Pacing never lagged and the whole room obviously enjoyed the show. Catch one if you can...
  Enjoyable, thought provoking evening
My wife and I have attended/participated in quite a few productions of Crime and Merriment Mysteries. We have enjoyed each and everyone of them. The fact that we have yet to puzzle out the solution to the presenting mystery hasn't diminished our enjoyment of the event. Our admiration for the acting, writing, and general enthusiasm evidenced in the production keeps us wanting more. We have shared with fellow attendees our feelings about the production and the attitudes are of universal acclaim. Maybe next time we will solve the mystery!
  Fun night!
This is a great time for a small group or a large one. They will cater to your needs as a group. Lots of mystery and laughs with a very interactive cast!
  From the Beginning
I was one of the early members of Crime and Merriment. This troupe with its original plays are not just your typical ho-hum hokie murder mysteries found on cruises. Because of the unique way these plays are created, each actor is contributing a piece of their own heart and soul into the production. These plays are creative and engaging. As a former actor of this troupe, I am jealous that I am no longer available to participate because they have sharpened their wit, their abilities to entertain, and most of all to have fun. And fun is the contagious word here. Audience participation is part of the show! Hosting Crime & Merriment will be the event of the season and remembered for years to come. This is an event your friends will thank you for hosting and beg you to bring them back!
  All the shows
We were part of Crime and Merriment Productions for several years while living in Connecticut. I played the piano for the shows and Alan was a member of the acting troupe. Even though it's been 15 years since we moved away, we will never forget the wonderful times we had with the troupe!! The shows were tremendous fun and very entertaining. Everybody had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I would highly recommend this troupe to entertain at your next function. You will not be disappointed!
  Ass't. Principal
Stan and Kate and the company always produce an outstanding play with clues and suspense for all. My friends and I have had so much fun laughing and trying to figure out the mystery. They do it all and it's a fun night.
  Great fun! Sharpen your sleuthing skills!
I have had the good fortune to attend and participate in several C&M productions. Each was cleverly written, well acted, and very entertaining. The actors clearly enjoy performing and "The Who Done It" aspect keeps the audience engaged throughout. For an evening filled with much laughter and some intrigue, I highly recommend this group!
I approach this from a unique perspective. That is, I am not only a theatergoer but also a photographer, indeed the official unofficial one for Crime & Merriment. While one might think that the latter capacity could be an onerous one, boring and desultory, the truth is exactly just the opposite. Not only am I always happy and willing to go take photos of this wonderful troupe, I actually look forward to it. Look, this is community theater, so if one goes to any production like this anticipating Olivier or Meryl Streep, such expectations are probably naive. But what you will get here is a bunch of dedicated and committed actors/actresses who clearly love what they are doing, and do it enticingly well. They act, sing and dance for all they are worth, and each time I have attended their shows the audience had a rollicking good time. The spectators get involved and try their hardest to deduce the solution to these well written and subtly crafted stories. What all of this means to me as that aforesaid photographer is that getting good pictures-dynamic and compelling-is relatively easy, as all I have to do is compose and make sure the settings on the camera are correct. If anyone is thinking about signing up for one of these productions I tell you now you will be glad you did.

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