Murder Mystery Art Stroll returns, Aug. 3

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The classic whodunit hits the streets of Kennett, Aug. 3

Actors work the crowd at a previous Murder Mystery Art Stroll as presented by the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society. KATS is back with Pride and Prejudice (and Zombies) this Friday, Aug. 3.

KENNETT SQUARE — As all the world focuses on England this year, with the Summer Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so too does Kennett Square turn to England for their 2012 Murder Mystery Art Stroll.

On August 3rd armchair sleuths are invited into Kennett Square for this popular annual event, sponsored by the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) and Historic Kennett Square. The interactive mystery, Pride and Prejudice (and Zombies) – The Panto Murder Mystery, will be held Friday evening beginning at 6:30 PM.

The plot of the mystery revolves around a retired English character actor, Reginald Cooper, who is planning to form a local theatre group in Kennett Square called DAWGS (Drama and Writers Guild in the Square). The auditions for the DAWGS first production, “Pride and Prejudice the Panto” draws a wide spectrum of local actors, has-been actors trying to revive their flagging careers, and reality TV stars looking for a break. Add to this a contingent of young zombies looking for a role and you can imagine the chaos and confusion that ensues when poor Reginald Cooper meets his sinister fate as he is on his way to a dinner meeting at The Kennett Square Inn.

Participants will meet the detective at the scene of the crime, the Genesis Walkway at 101 East State Street, as he discovers the “body” and sets the scene for the whodunit. Follow along with the KATS players in order to gather clues. Then stroll through downtown Kennett Square in order to question various murder suspects in participating downtown shops, marked by red and black balloons. The true identity of the murderer will be revealed back in the Genesis Walkway at the end of the evening.

Participation is free and all ages are welcome to the Murder Mystery Art Stroll. Pick up a map with the shop locations were the cast will be waiting. There will also be general suspect information and a worksheet to help solve the crime. After determining the holes in the stories from questions and answers plus clues provided by the detective and other characters, participants may submit their guess. Winners will be randomly selected and awarded prizes at the end of the evening.

Downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants will also be open for browsing, art openings, live music, and dining. Additional First Friday festivities presented by Historic Kennett Square include the Kennett Square Farmers Market from 2-6 PM. with the First Friday Crafters, and Swearingen & Kelli who will perform at the Kennett Flash 8-10 PM.

First Friday festivities take place the first Friday of every month. For more information call Historic Kennett Square at 610-444-8188.

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