The Dawson family moved into their new home at 614 Scarlet Court nearly two months ago.   There are rumors circulating around town of strange happenings that plagued the prior homeowners of 614 Scarlet Ct.   The last family moved abruptly from the tiny town of Shady Oaks, abandoning their dream home.  The Dawson's have yet to hear about what happened.

Isabella has planned the first annual block party for the residents of her neighborhood. She is an experienced party host, and has already earned the infamous title of town gossip. Nonetheless, the intrigued neighbors, including you, have RSVP'd to the party.  This is where your story begins...
         

 

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SUSPECT LIST

ISABELLA DAWSON
Homemaker
Isabella Dawson is the moody and insensitive homemaker and wife of Ben Dawson. Isabella and her family recently moved to the tiny town of Shady Oaks and in no time, she was labeled the town gossip. Nobody likes to be around Isabella because of her violent mood swings but her beautiful, brand new home is perfect for entertaining.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Trendy attire.

ADDISON SHADE
Interior Designer & Carpenter
Addison Shade is the ultra-creative interior designer and skilled carpenter. At times, this house stylin’ diva can be a very meticulous and impatient woman. She has designed most of the houses in the town of Shady Oaks and rumor has it that she might have her own reality show in the works.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Paint-splattered overalls or other interior design / carpentry attire. Optional to have carpentry tools as props.

DAKOTA DRUMLEY
Chef, Shady Oaks Diner
Dakota Drumley is the ill-mannered chef of the Shady Oaks Diner. Dakota is the rudest soul in town and is a notorious party crasher. For this reason, Dakota received an invitation to the Dawson’s Block Party just to ease the tension!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Chef’s uniform. Optional to have a toy chef’s knife as a prop.

KENDALL KENNEDY
Librarian, Shady Oaks Library
Kendall Kennedy is the antisocial librarian that suffers from severe anger management issues. Kendall is extremely judgmental and this quality tends to offend the customers of the Shady Oaks Library. Kendall also has an intense fear of germs so getting too close to her is out of the question!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Conservative librarian attire. Books as optional props. Latex gloves and a mask as additional optional props.

BEN DAWSON
Pharmaceutical Chemist
Ben Dawson is the most annoying ‘one upper’ in the town of Shady Oaks. If you’ve done, said or tried anything - Ben is certain to have done it more often, said it already and tried it three times. Ben is new to the tiny town of Shady Oaks, having recently relocated his family here due to his new position at Bonlin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he is a Senior Formulations Chemist.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Lab jacket, glasses. Optional to have scientific items (i.e. test tubes, beakers, etc.) as optional props.

QUENTIN MADDOX
Convenience Store Clerk, Shady Oaks Mart
Quentin Maddox is the eerie convenience store clerk at the Shady Oaks Mart. A constant whistler, Quentin will always grace you with uncomfortable stares and periods of awkward silence during conversation. There’s no way to avoid him, however, as the Shady Oaks Mart is the only convenience store in town!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Scraggly, tattered white t-shirt. Hair unkempt with a thin beard with a
pointed tuft at the chin.

BASIL CROSS
Restaurant Manager
Basil Cross is the self-centered restaurant manager from Deadwood City, the neighboring ‘big city’ of about 36,000 people. Basil has a problem with constant perspiration and smokes a Sherlock Holmes’s style pipe around the clock. He used to live at 614 Scarlet Ct. with his sister’s family but now he refuses to talk about his experiences in the house.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual attire. A Sherlock Holmes’s style pipe and a plastic baggie with water
and a sponge as an optional prop to keep you ‘sweaty.’

GAVEN PHOENIX
Manager, Shady Oaks Recreation Center
Gaven Phoenix is the muscle bound jock and manager of the Shady Oaks Recreation Center. A recent high school graduate, he often hangs out with Quentin Maddox in his spare time. Rumor has it that Gaven was a notorious high school bully.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Athletic attire &/or any tight clothing to display your real or fake muscles.
Mirrored aviated sunglasses as an optional prop.

ROBBY CHARLES
Retired Candy Shop Owner
Robby Charles is the super-paranoid retired business owner and chocolatier. Robby is the founder of Charles’ Chocolates, a world famous line of chocolates that moved their headquarters from the tiny town of Shady Oaks to New York City eight years ago when Robby retired. Robby’s convinced that the
government is watching Robby’s every move but really, what interest would the government have in a retired chocolatier?
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Retiree attire –very casual. A grayed or white wig as an optional accessory.
Chocolates as an optional prop.

MARGO PRESLEY
Manager, Deadwood Lake Marina
Margo Presley is the mysterious yet overly friendly manager of Deadwood Lake Marina. If you look beyond her gothic and shady appearance, she is one of the friendliest and dearest friends you could ever have.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Gothic, almost vampire-looking attire. Black lipstick and black nail polish as
optional accessories.

LIAM WILLIAMS
District Attorney of Shady Oaks
Liam Williams is the arrogant and aggressive District Attorney of the tiny town of Shady Oaks. Liam Williams owns one of the three mansions in town but has never entertained nor allowed a soul to enter the home. The curioustownspeople often wonder what Liam is hiding.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Trendy business attire.

NIGEL SAGE
Junior Chemist, Bonlin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Nigel Sage is the ex-star athlete, lettering in every sport during his high school years. After an unfortunate accident ended his athletic career, Nigel decided to follow his father’s footsteps and become a chemist. He is now a junior chemist at Bonlin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where his father runs the show as the Chief Executive Officer. Nigel has a shady past, as he was an infamous tyrant during high school. His reputation hasn’t improved at Bonlin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Trendy attire.

SADIE DAWSON
High School Student
Sadie Dawson is the highly intellectual high school senior. Sadie is new to the tiny town of Shady Oaks and attends high school in the neighboring town of Deadwood City. A dependable and loyal young woman, Sadie is the friend to have. That is, if her major obsessive-compulsive disorder doesn’t bother you.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Very trendy and young looking attire.

OFFICER NELSON
Police Officer, Shady Oaks
You’ll wonder how this crabby, introverted police officer ever thought he could protect and serve the people of Shady Oaks. Surprisingly, Officer Nelson is one of the most highly decorated officers at the Shady Oaks Police Department! One likely scenario is that Officer Nelson has simply intimidated everybody at the station and everybody does what Officer Nelson says to do.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Police uniform. Toy gun and badge as optional props.

J.R. SAGE
C.E.O., Bonlin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
If you looked up narcissism in the dictionary, you will find J.R. Sage’s picture plastered by the description. J.R. is the father of Nigel Sage and self-loving Chief Executive Officer of the only industry in town – Bonlin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Since a large portion of the town either is employed at Bonlin Pharmaceuticals or has a family member that works for J.R., you would be safe to say that J.R. controls the town of Shady Oaks.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Formal business attire.

PEPPER CRENSHAW
High School English Teacher
Pepper Crenshaw, an impatient English teacher at Deadwood High School, is the most adventurous soul in the tiny town of Shady Oaks. A former jet setter, talented gardener and nature lover, Pepper has traveled around the world and experienced cultures and cuisine that most will only ever see on exotic television shows! Pepper’s students, however, report that she has a zero tolerance policy in the
classroom!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Conservative and formal, very expensive looking gown. Flashy costume
jewelry. A tightly curled, red wig as an optional accessory.

EARLINE CRENSHAW
Owner, Shady Oaks Mart
Earline Crenshaw, a recent widow, is the hard working owner of Shady Oaks Mart. A compulsive liar even when the truth is better, this business owner is a known cheater during board games so beware if you ever play a game against this master of deceit!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Elderly woman attire with thick glasses. A tightly curled white wig as an optional accessory.

MAYOR PAULI A. TISHON
Mayor of Shady Oaks
There are two sides to Mayor Pauli A. Tishon and one of them should be avoided at all costs! If you have something to offer Pauli, the Mayor has your back. However, if you cross Pauli, mean spirits will rise to the occasion to greet you. The Mayor suffers from a severe case of anxiety so those working in the Mayor’s office have learned to evade Pauli on a bad day!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Formal business attire.

PAT COURIC
Reporter, CBC News
Pat Couric is always on top of the latest story and sometimes before the story happens! Pat’s an ultra-ambitious investigative reporter for the television station CBC and will stop at nothing to be first to get the scoop. Pat is rarely seen without a troupe of colleagues from CBC News.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Formal conservative business attire.An optional microphone and notepad as
props.

TANYA CLAUS
Owner, Shady Oaks Boutique
Tanya Claus is the bubbly owner of the Shady Oaks Boutique. She is also an aspiring pop star and works as a local lounge singer at the Lakefront Pub. She believes she is extremely talented but hasn’t been lucky enough to find her big break yet. Tanya is a serious perfectionist and if there’s ever a need for a peacemaker, she’s your girl.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Ultra-trendy and fashionable attire.

AGATHA NONLEY
Tennis Instructor
Agatha Nonley is the insufferable Tennis Instructor at the Shady Oaks Recreation Center. Lacking control for volume and content, she speaks her mind without a care in the world about who is listening. A long-time tennis pro, Agatha is anything but tolerant of beginners and isn’t ashamed to let them know how she feels. Agatha is amicable most of the time but has a very short fuse so keep verbal sparks far away from her!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Tennis attire. Racquet as an optional prop.

FRIEDA FRIEDHELM
Owner, Shady OaksPlayhouse Theater
Hailing from Bundenbach Germany, Frieda Friedhelm is a former struggling papergirl in the tiny town of Shady Oaks. A few years ago, she saved up enough cash to open her own business. The risk paid off and the transformed Frieda is now the ruthless owner of the Shady Oaks Playhouse Theater. Think twice about double crossing Frieda, as she’s known for doing whatever it takes to get what she wants!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: German dirndl (traditional German dress).

MONIQUE SANCHEZ
Criminal Defense Attorney
‘Liar, liar, pants on fire’ was certainly made up about Monique Sanchez, Esquire. If freedom is your desire, you’ll want this obnoxious criminal defense attorney on your side of the courtroom, even if you are guilty of murder! Monique makes ambulance chasers look like peace corps volunteers!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Ultra-trendy and fashionable attire.

MOONBEAM RAINBOWS
Owner, The Greenery
Moonbeam Rainbows is the spunky owner of The Greenery, a store dedicated to selling environmentally friendly products. Moonbeam is well loved and appreciated tremendously as she accommodates everybody’s needs - even at her own expense.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Hippie ‘60s couture.

PADMA DEEPIKA
Movie Rental Clerk
Padma Deepika is the overly blunt Movie Rental Clerk at Busterblock’s Movie Store. Padma is an extremely hard worker and does a superb job at the movie rental counter. However, Padma personally suffers from a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Padma’s antics of doing everything three times and having bouts of severe hypochondria drive everybody around her to
the brink of insanity!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual attire or movie rental store (aka: Busterblock’s) uniform.

PAUL PARATSY
Tabloid Reporter
Paul Paratsy is the tenacious trash tabloid reporter known by his colleagues as the ‘King of the Gutter Press!’ If there is an impossible story to scoop –Paul and his team of reporters always manage to get just the right photos and exclusive interviews with what he calls insiders. There is nothing that this camera wielder won’t do to get the story!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual attire. Camera as an optional prop.

HUNTER DEERMAN
Big Game Hunter
Hunter Deerman is the brazen hunter by day and by night; this bison sniper is a romantic poet that performs at the Shady Oaks Poetry Club. Armed with perfect manners and chivalrous words, this is one sincere and overly adoring gentleman.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Hunter’s attire. Toy rifle as an optional prop. Romantic poems as optional props.

MARS BRUNO
Lounge Performer
Mars Bruno is the talented guitarist and songwriter. If you are ever in need of a cheer up, Mars is the one to turn to for support and an open ear. Mars is probably the most dedicated friend you could have and is definitely the best at problem solving.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Large afro (wig), casual attire and guitar (real or fake) as an optional prop.

MACE FREELY
Town Lunatic
Mace Freely is the antisocial town lunatic. As if Mace stepped out of a thirty-year cave of isolation, he has no idea how to interact with others and therefore speaking with Mace is always unnerving and difficult. No one is immune to the uncomfortable stares and pauses during unwarranted conversations with this fruit loop. Some people swear the room drops in temperature when he enters!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Anything crazy.

HUGH HEFFLE
Retired Real Estate Magnate
Hugh Heffle is the manic retired real estate magnate. One minute Hugh is your friend reminiscing about last weekend’s fishing trip and the next he is screaming at you about how you didn’t visit him the day before. You never know what you’ll get when you speak to Hugh so most people visit him only when necessary.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Formal business attire.

PAPPARAZZI MEMBER
Tabloid Reporter
Paul Paratsy is the tenacious trash tabloid reporter known as the ‘King of the Gutter Press!’ He is always found with an esteemed team of tabloid reporters that are just as tenacious as Paul. If there is an impossible story to scoop, they will always manage to get just the right photos and exclusive interviews. There is nothing that these camera wielders won’t do to get the story!
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual attire. Camera as an optional prop.

NEWS REPORTER
Reporter, CBC News
Pat Couric is always on top of the latest story and sometimes before the story happens! Pat’s an ultra-ambitious investigative reporter for the television station CBC and will stop at nothing to be first to get the scoop. Pat is rarely seen without a troupe of highly professional colleagues from CBC News.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Formal conservative business attire. An optional microphone and notepad as
props.

OFFICER
Police Officer, Shady Oaks
Officer Nelson is one of the most highly decorated officers at the Shady Oaks Police Department and is always found with a slew of loyal followers and fellow officers. Officer Nelson is very intimidating and everybody does what Officer Nelson says to do.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Police uniform. Toy gun and badge as optional props.