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EASY MONEY Murder Mystery Fundraiser with Silent Auction


Our EASY MONEY Mystery Fundraiser fabulously combines a mystery event and silent auction to give you a playful way to make a profit. Requires 5 actors: either 2 male and 3 female or 3 male and 2 female. Improv actors or enthusiastic amateurs work best.

Grab some props, gather easy costume accessories and follow the director notes with timeline to pull it all together.

We’ll show you how to have a silent auction without begging for items, a script with no memorizing and a relatively small time commitment, plus prizes and surprizes galore.

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Jake Slanders made his fortune starting Rumours, a unique antique company selling trinkets and cast offs rumoured to have belonged to the rich and famous. Jake just died – under suspicious circumstances. Greedy friends, wacky relatives and assorted hanger-on-ers are gathered to hear what’s in it for them – the reading of Jake’s Last Will & Testament. Thanks to Jake’s quirky sense of humour, anyone in the room might be an heir.

 Vee Van Eck, Jake’s lawyer, is present to announce who gets what from the estate. She has a few other announcements to make as well. Announcements such as who killed Jake, how Jake changed his will just before he was murdered and how everyone’s dirty laundry will soon be public when her unauthorized biography of Jake, The Slander Behind Rumours, is released. Jake’s heirs are not happy, though they manage to sneer a little as Vee dies a painful death before their eyes.

          Vivian Van Eck, Lawyer, low-life, jewel fence and environmental watch dog. Vivian has enough billable hours to be 82 years old but she is much, much younger. She never met a person she didn’t make an enemy of, sooner or later.

          Jekyll Slanders, Jake’s son, was hoping for a large inheritance. Jekyll was in pharmaceutical research before something went terribly wrong. The company had no choice but to let him go. Now he’s frantically combining caustic chemicals searching for the cure for bi-polar, obsessive-compulsive, schizophrenia. No luck so far. 

          Jazz Slanders
, Jake’s daughter, can’t quite seem to hold a job but cash flow doesn’t seem to be a problem for her. Jazz is a private yoga instructor when it suits her and is good at getting people to bend over backwards. By the time they manage to straighten themselves up, their wallets, and their instructor have disappeared.

           Blast Slanders, Jake’s brother, born with a bad case of sibling rivalry. Everything Blast wanted, Jake got. Including the one woman he ever fell in love with. Blast is a talented demolitions expert, known for his finesse with a fuse and his genius for taking down mountains and tall buildings with an explosive sense of timing.

          Fleur Flowers
, Jake’s ex-partner. Fleur was a hairdresser with a knack for cuts, an ear for gossip and a head for business. She and Jake teamed up to start The Rumour Mill – her idea. Based on the gossip  they both made a fortune.  Until Jake cut her out of the business with a knack of his own.

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  • Hello, we are looking to incorporate this theme as entertainment for our dinner silent auction. We are wondering if this requires a lot of time involvement throughout the event. We want to make sure that it does not require so much time for each table that they do not have time to be bidding on auction items or not time to visit with people at table or at the event. Can we get some more info and sample script please?

    • Hi Jamie – The silent auction doesn’t require any additional time but takes place throughout the event as people mingle and eat and enjoy the mystery scenes. Traditional silent auctions have paper bid sheets beside each item, where bidders manually write their bids for that item. This fundraising process takes place throughout the evening as the guests browse the table(s) with the items and place a bid on those they want, returning periodically to see if anyone has placed a higher bid and then bid again, if they wish. Bids are placed on items during a set timeframe. After the auction closes, the highest listed bidder for each item wins. I will send you a script sample and that might clarify how the mystery and the auction work together.

        • It is fun and entertaining! Thanks for your interest! Please let me know if you have any questions after you read it over.
          I’m available for online / text assistance from wondering-whether-to-purchase to performance, so let the questions fly if you have them.
          I’ve sent you the attachment.
          At Your Service,

  • I run a local inclusive theater company and we are looking to put on a fundraiser this fall. I was looking at Easy Money. Can you send me a sample script so that I can take a look

    • I love the inclusiveness!
      I’ve sent the script sample. After you look it over, please feel free to send me your questions.

  • Hi
    We are in the UK and are interested in putting on a murder mystery evening as a fundraiser for our daughter who is raising money to travel to Costa Rica with her school and Camps International.
    Please can you send me some more information on how this works and a sample of the script.
    Thanks so much

    • You bet! Info on Easy Money is headed to your inbox. Let me know if you have any questions after you check it out.
      Super idea to help your daughter out!

  • Hello! I am looking for an economical fundraiser for my HS group. This would be a first for us, but we want something that is fun for us and our audience. I love interactive theatre and need something that includes audience participation.

    We are a very small HS group, less than 200 kids 9-12 grade. We have very few opportunities for fundraising so we need something that isn’t too expensive but will draw a crowd. Could you please send me a sample script and financial details for this script? Thank you in advance.

  • I would like a sample script. This is for a teen drama club. Is Easy Money considered “clean” as in language and suggestion.

    • Hi Bernadette – the script sample for Easy Money has been sent to your email. It is an improv script with (some dialogue include) which means that each scene is laid out with the information that needs to be given to the audience and the actors practise saying it in ways that work for them. Language and subject matter is ‘clean’. Basically it is about the ‘Last Will & Testament’ of a character who has passed on and his wacky heirs; including a mad scientist. The script sample will give you more details.
      Please let me know if you have any questions as checking it out. This is for four actors but if you want to make the cast bigger we can chat on the phone and I can tell you how to do that if you like.

  • Hi, I am going to produce a Mystery Dinner Theatre Fun Fundraiser at a Church and wanted to inquire about getting a sample script for Easy Money. We could also incorporate a Silent Auction into the event. I am intrigued by the improve elements of your scripts and would like to read more how this is actually done in the performance.

    • Hi Keith – for sure. Easy Money is built around the Silent Auction as an estate sale in the Last Will and Testament of Jake Slanders. It’s a lot of fun. I’ll get that right out to you!

  • This looks great. We are looking for a fair amount of humor intertwined throughout the productions. Can you comment? A sample of the script would be most helpful.

    • Hi Kevin – these are improv scripts with humour set-up into them but the true belly laughs will come from the actors as they interact with each other and the audience.
      The character relationships to each other and information that needs to be revealed in each scene is base they have to work from, with some sample dialogue to get things started but not a lot of lines to memorize. I’ll send you a sample and you will see what I mean.

  • We are a fledging senior community that would like to try a murder mystery event. I think Easy Money might work. Could you send me a sample script?

    We also might be interested in a custom script tied to our community. Could you quote a cost?
    Thank you very much!

    • Hi Annette – I will get that script info right out to you!
      The cost of custom scripts vary depending on how much work I do and how much work you do. Initially we would talk on the phone and decide who dies, how, why, who the suspects are and like that.
      Then I can either tell you what needs to happen in each scene and send you a brief outline to fill out with your team or I can write it up. This is somewhat time consuming and adds to the cost significantly. Ditto with the clues. I can tell you which clues to make (a blackmail note, a plane ticket receipt and like that) – fun for someone with a creative bend, or I can come up with some simple clues. Cost relates directly with time spent. The initial call or two plus a rough draft of what to do when and what kind of clues you need to make cost $150.

      The scripts are improv, so each scene just needs to say what happens in that scene: George accuses Sam of being a snitch because he got out of jail early … and like that. You and your actors / team come up with lines; you don’t have to write dialogue to be memorized – it’s better just to practise saying different ways of saying things. Let me know if you want to chat on the phone. I’m travelling right now so it’s a bit tricky to get a time but I’m sure we can work something out. Talking in person often makes things clearer than writing about it.

  • I have been asked to helm a murder mystery dinner theatre fundraiser for the local Boys & Girls Clubs, and Easy Money looks like it might be a good fit. I think a silent auction would fit nicely into the evening. Could I have a sample script?

  • We are doing an Autism Fundraiser with a silent auction and a few items for a live auction. I would like to incorporate a murder mystery as the entertainment for the event. Is this possible?

  • We are interested in having a mystery theft as part of our silent auction fundraising dinner. We already have auction items including a hand painted mandala that we would like to be the “stolen” masterpiece. This dinner is being held in honor of two teenagers who are trying to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Just wondering if you feel the script could be easily adapted to work with our event.

    • It would be best to start fresh with a theft as the crime from the beginning. When is your function date? Do you have one yet? I could help you write one from scratch if that is of any interest to you. Let me know if you want to chat.

  • We just used the “Easy Money” script for a murder mystery dinner theater and auction fundraiser at our church. Our fundraiser went so well, and we raised over $18,000 for our local and foreign mission projects! The crowd LOVED it!

  • HI, we are interesting in a murder mystery for our fundraiser. Our organization is the West End Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre and we are holding the fundraiser at the Best Western Sands Hotel, Davie Street, Vancouver on Thursday Nov 6th. The theme of the evening is “Murder at the Sands, Final Act “.

    I would like to discuss with you options for the evening. However, before proceeding I must state that our budget for the entertainment is fixed at $1200 and cannot exceed the budgeted amount. If you are able to provide some options within our price range, please contact me.
    Bonnie MacKenzie

    • Hi Bonnie – I’m pretty sure we can help you out. There are a variety of ways to run Mystery Fundraisers; all of them a lot of fun and very successful. Sounds like you already have an idea of what you want the evening to look like. I’ll give you a call and we can come up with some ideas that will work for you.

  • We are trying to do a fundraiser for our church. Hoping to do some type of mystery evening.
    Any suggestions?
    Ank you

    • I have lots of suggestions. It works best if we talk on the phone to start so that I know the perimeters you are working with. Email me your number and a couple of good times to call. jrv(at)mysteryfactory.com

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