“Our patrons have shown a strong interest in programs that include a little history, a little mystery, and an opportunity to become part of the story,” explains Lisa Echols, Youth Services Supervisor at the Post Road Library. “We first tried out this kind of role-playing game with adult patrons and the response was incredibly positive, so we’d like to give our teen patrons a chance to gather their friends and get in on the mystery-solving action.”
The game is set in New Orleans and the premise of the story is that local residents are thrilled that the owners of the old Madison Avenue Mansion are once again hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. However, the mansion is rumored to be haunted by ill-spirited ghosts from the mid-1800s when the manor was first built. Everyone knows something is bound to go wrong when events are held there – wedding ceremonies end in divorce, travelers visiting the mansion go missing, and uninvited guests crash parties and choke to death on stolen cake. But this Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball will top them all for danger, deception, and intrigue.
Teens are invited to dress up in spectacular Mardi Gras style for the event. Thrill-seekers who want to help figure out which suspect committed the crime should register to attend this exciting event. Admission is free, and those who register by February 11 have a shot at winning a special part in the game.
“Middle- and high school students who register early will have a chance to be selected to perform as a suspect,” says Echols. All other attendees will act as detectives.
“During the game, we’ll get into character by designing masquerade masks,” explains Echols, “Then we’ll enjoy king cake and other refreshments while we study the crime scene, question suspects, and search for clues to solve the mystery.”
For more information about this event, or other programs for teens, please visit www.forsythpl.org.