Staunton theatre company celebrates a decade of mystery

theater-masks2This month, Staunton’s Clever by Half Productions (which produces 100% original and portable murder mystery dinner theatre) kicks off its 10th anniversary celebration with a brand-new show, HINT.

When Mr. Brown invites six of his dearest friends to a dinner party, they expect to paint the town red. However, once it’s clear that blackmail is the name of the game, murder is added to the menu. So, who finally showed their true colors? Was Mr. Pine green with envy? Is the widowed Mrs. Snow as innocent as she seems? Did Senator Wheaton have the guts or was he too yellow-bellied for such a crime? Follow the clues and catch the killer red-handed in Clever By Half’s newest murder mystery, HINT.

Founded in 2005, Clever By Half Productions (formerly Golden Duck Productions) performs murder mystery dinner theatre throughout Virginia at resorts, wineries, breweries, corporate events, and private parties. The company employs more than a dozen local actors, and is currently poised to expand the touring arm to include a larger radius with more venues.

The hallmarks of Clever by Half Productions’ performance style are:

Environmental Theatre: The entire room is the stage. The audience is right in the heart of the action as the world of the play unfolds around them.

Audience Interaction: After the dinner break, each table takes an active role in solving the mystery by grilling the suspects for clues. Some characters might not be so anxious to talk, but they’ll never lie.

The Thrill of Victory: The sleuths in the audience with the closest attention to detail will reap the reward. Crime might not pay, but good detective work does.

Clever by Half Productions, located in Staunton, VA, produces family-friendly, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre that is 100% portable and original. Since 2005, Clever by Half Productions has performed at Massanutten Resort near Harrisonburg, Virginia, 52 weeks a year. In recent years, the shows have begun touring as entertainment for corporate functions, private parties and fundraising events throughout Virginia. More information and how to book Clever By Half Productions can be found online at

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