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Rika84

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on: 06:18 PM, 11/ 6/17
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:30pm - Inspector Moo Moo’s Malt Shop

A group of local high school theater students put on a Murder Mystery play for the shop’s patrons.
We need to write it! Please review the info on Moo Moo’s in the FSU Plaza document.

The players: Joseph Wentz (Self titled best actor), Katie Phischer (Kinda Shy, On stage she is emboldened), Donna Tennenbaum (Looking for extracurriculars for college), Dirk Trackston (Jock who needed to participate or lose his spot on the team Doing it for his senior project), Sandra Martinson (The Short One), Jennifer Smith (Teenage waitress at Moo Moo’s)

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Please Do:
- Tell us your Unit # if you're going to attend
- Brainstorm PLOT, CHARACTER and STAGING in this thread
- Think of subtle ways this play can AFFECT YOUR CHARACTER

Please Don't:
- Steal the show; We would like to have as many characters in attendance as would like to come, so let's collaborate!
- Be shy! If you have a tiny idea? Throw it out there! If you have a big idea? Let's hear it! We'll figure this out together.

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The story so far:
- lol nothing yet. Get to it!



Vaharala

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on: 04:09 AM, 11/ 9/17
It's a murder mystery, right? So let's give it the classic murder mystery go. In most cases, they tend to be interactive so first, we should decide if it should be interactive or just a play. We also need to figure out what the place looks like and its layout. I will think about it and maybe draw a floor plan tomorrow and upload it.



Rika84

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on: 06:55 AM, 11/ 9/17
It should definitely be interactive. It would be especially funny if the audience isn't very cooperative and these poor high schoolers don't really know how to deal with it. But also, do we want it to be funny? The idea was written sort of like "This isn't very successful but they sure try".

A floor plan would be super useful!



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on: 12:51 PM, 11/ 9/17
I think interactive would be a good idea.



Vaharala

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on: 07:10 PM, 11/ 9/17
I think funny is a good idea I like the idea that it sucks.



Rika84

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on: 08:01 PM, 11/ 9/17
Okay, so, I have little ideas about two of the actors.

First, Joseph-the-self-proclaimed-best-actor; Naturally, he's playing the detective, and he's so into that noir style of narration. How into it? So into it that he's sounding a bit like William Shatner. "She walked... intomyoffice. Legs... allthewayup."

Second, Dirk-just-doing-it-to-stay-on-the-team; Oh yeah. This guy is playing the dead body. That's it. He just lays there at the "crime scene". No lines, nothing. If you were to ask him about it or suggest that it's a cop-out, he's got a BS line about "getting into the mind of a dead man" and the "dynamics of playing a stationary character".



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on: 09:38 PM, 11/10/17
I love it. He totally got poisoned though by something abstract AF. I am thinking something like Batrachotoxin. Sorry I haven't gotten the chance to do a floor plan yet I've been working constantly I haven't even gotten the chance to work on my story.
« Last Edit: 11:11 PM, 11/10/17 by Vaharala »



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on: 11:16 PM, 11/10/17
Floor plan I know it is basic but here it is none the less. I was also thinking maybe the servers and what not should look like they attempted to look from the 1940s.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d19gMn00R8sb9JfBzfCN8xtl8sRxe5EK/view?usp=sharing

So on the wall facing the outside is like a traditional type Ice cream and shake bar on the other side are booths that face the floor so people can have a better look at what is happening and I was thinking the tables close to the kitchen will be removed so the "best" actor and have room to move.

It isn't to scale since I don't know what the scale.
« Last Edit: 11:28 PM, 11/10/17 by Vaharala »



Rika84

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on: 10:22 AM, 11/11/17
Very awesome. Thanks for the floor plan!

Any ideas on what the murder is all about? That toxin sounds wonderful. It could make for the kind of convoluted plot a high schooler would come up with.



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on: 01:44 PM, 11/17/17
I am having to back out of the contest because I'm working two jobs and I just don't have the extra time to write anymore.



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on: 06:27 PM, 11/19/17
Well, high school kids, so it's probably needlessly  complicated... at least one character  is secretly related to someone else, and  in the end, the corpse did it with the help of * Dun Dun duhhhhn...dramstic reverrrrrbuh* I dunno. Someone we've  never seen or heard of until the dramtic moment.
The part of me that automatically  drifts to comedy sees this none of the actors agreeing on what a murder mustery is. So we'd  have a detctive/inspector/amatuer sleuth acting as very hard boiled detective, with one suspect over acting like they're   in an Agatha Christie novel, etc.
Sorry for your busy scehdule Vaharala.



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on: 06:44 PM, 11/19/17
I am having to back out of the contest because I'm working two jobs and I just don't have the extra time to write anymore.

They extended the dead line!! You can do this, don’t back out!



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on: 04:46 PM, 11/20/17
Well, it's looking like this idea may not get a lot of utilization in the project during the contest period, but I am definitely interested in writing this scenario as a supplementary story for the project overall.

I would say keep brainstorming here and include any details that are necessary to your story, and we can wait until next month to create a fuller story if need be.



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on: 10:06 AM, 11/23/17
I won't be able to incorporate any of the murder mystery stuff into my story, but I'm still interested in it and hope to see it take shape. I don't want to sound pushy or anything, especially since my narrator won;t be there, but I had some ideas about the murder mystery thing

You guys seem to have Joseph Wentz pegged as The Detective and Dirk as the dead body. So that's a start!

What if it was something simple (at least to start) like the body is the husband of a woman who stands to gain wealth from life insurance? It's the oldest murder mystery in the world, but it could work as a base. So maybe Katie Phischer is the wife of the dead man and prime suspect for the detective. Most of The rest of the actors are other suspects (for whatever reason, they have different motives or whatever)

At one point the body is searched and "clues" are found. They could be like, tickets for the Moomoo Murder Mystery show (very meta) with numbers like 7C and 2A. This gives the detective a chance to go to the people sitting in those seats and "interrogate" them improv style. A way to work other narrators into the show.

The last clue ticket found is the seat of an audience plant (the one remaining actor not in the show already) who will be hauled up on stage and made part of the rest of the show.

Again, these are just suggestions, I'm not trying to write the whole thing or anything like that. But with the deadline approaching, I'd love to see the murder mystery used in someone's story :)
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on: 12:46 PM, 11/23/17
Ooo, Urkelboy I like it. Do you mind if I use hints of that in my story? This project is one of 5 (billion) I'm  doing so there's  not a lot of room for full murder mystery planning