It’s almost Halloween and what better way is there to stir up a few spirits than by searching for clues to a decades-old disappearance and possible murder of a young girl in a creaky, and some say haunted, mansion.
The Mines Theatre has hosted one of three planned interactive productions last Saturday, a production that calls for the participation of the audience to solve a possible murder.
On December 2, 1965, Minnie Moon disappeared during her “Sweet Sixteen” birthday party. It is believed she wandered away from the mansion and drowned, though her body was never recovered.
On opening night, guests were signed in and separated into groups of approximately 12, with one person designated as a team leader. Armed with a clue packet, family tree, blue prints of the mansion, note pad, and flashlight each group sets out to roam the Moon Mansion in a quest to find clues which will lead to the murderer, and quite possibly an encounter with a spirit or two.
On the first night of the production a reporter with the Southwest Daily News attended the event, getting a crack at helping to solve a true “Who Done It” and mingling with guests in one of the first productions of its kind in the area.
Several of the guests were quick to compliment the talent of the actors and the time involved in an undertaking of this magnitude, with several considering becoming a volunteer at The Mines to be involved in its next production. The proceeds from the three shows scheduled are to be donated to Colors For a Cause and The Missing Piece.
One of the performers summed up its purpose by saying, “We are just a bunch of people who love to dress up and love to have a good time — to be a blessing to others. Nobody gets paid, we do it for free. We pick a different charity and today’s show will go to Colors For A Cause. We just want to give back to our community because that’s what we’re supposed to do.”
Another performer commented that it was her first time to act and that she had a blast. And from the looks of things, the audience did too.
Judy Broussard added, “I came all the way from Toledo Bend Lake to be here and we had a blast. I don’t know who did the murdering at Moon Mansion but I saw a lot of ghosts and there was havoc in the graveyard. I can’t wait to find out who murdered Minnie Moon.”
“I thought it was great … it was so much fun,” said Penny Goldman of Sulphur. “I love the venue and I have no clue who murdered Minnie Moon yet, but it was still fun.”
Due to the popularity of the two scheduled shows, The Mines Theatre has added a third show. The next production will be on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. with about half of those tickets already sold. A final show will be held on Saturday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m.
The Mines Theatre is located at 121 E. Napoleon Street in Sulphur. Individual tickets are $30, which includes the catered meal. There are tables and sponsorship prices available online at theminestheatre.com or by contacting the theatre at 337-215-1602. Information pertaining to the show can be found on The Mines Theatre Facebook page and website.