As we end 2016 and close our Twelfth Season of Shows on The Mystery Train, I would like to take some time to express appreciation for all who brought us here—
- Our wonderful audience members who played along as both actors and detectives and arm-chair-detectives just wanting a good laugh and a nice meal,
- All the Grand Master Gumshoes and The Best Actors for giving us your brains and your talent in exchange for a brief time in the spotlight,
- Our restaurant partners who provided us with a platform and who fed us, with special remembrances to The Hereford House and The Golden Ox—no longer on the train line, but close to our hearts,
- All the amazingly talented professional actors who came on board to help tell our crazy stories of murder, mayhem and odd history and played our game well, with subtlety and wit, trying hard to confuse and obfuscate while never breaking character and gathering all the Bribing Bucks they could,
- The writers who penned these stories—assignments based on nuggets of history and a train—what wonderful stories you gave us!
Over the past twelve years, we have produced 57 different mysteries, with almost 1200 performances. We have told stories about the Union Station Massacre, the kidnapping of Nelly Don, the origins of barbeque in KC, the Mafia wars of the 1970s, stuffing ballot boxes in the 1920s, the I-70 World Series, the Whistle Stop campaign of Harry Truman, the first train race into a new Union Station, the first female lawyer in KC, the Orphan Trains, the train robberies made famous by the James gang, the Harvey Girls, the Sugarloaf Syndicate, William Rockhill Nelson who brought squirrels into the parks of KC, the American Royal, the cartoons who came to audition for Walt Disney, the women who carried on during Christmas blizzards and gangster shoot-outs, the dustbowl and the hobos of the 30s, a famous artist and his legacy, a toy train under the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, the Fairy Princess tradition, the beginnings of our hometown railroad company, the troop trains of WWII, the Jazz era in KC, circus trains, hillbilly trains, steampunk trains, time-traveling trains, Hallmark ornament collectors, 1940s radio shows, and even a visit from the Beatles.
Phew! That’s a lot of history! It’s been a blast and I hope you’ve had as much fun playing with us as we’ve had playing for you. Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for the applause. Thank you for playing my silly game.
Producer and Creator of The Mystery Train