Killing For The Crown

Backstabbing, Bribery and
Blackmail Among Beauties

After a week of competing in the nation’s most prestigious beauty pageant,
the contestants, judges and coaches are invited to a pre-pageant party the night
before the final round of competition.
With the crown on the line, everyone seems desperate to gain the competitive
edge on their rivals… and for one guest that means murder!
Will it be the whiny Miss Wisconsin who is obsessed with winning?
The ambitious Miss Alabama whose acting career is at stake?
The tawdry Miss Texas who uses her sexuality to get ahead?
Or possibly the reigning queen who does not want to give up her crown.

With a pageant that has been plagued with scandal from its beginning, there is no reason this year should be any different.

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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

8-12 guests: 8-12 females.
10-15 guests: 10-15 females.
15-20 guests: 15-20 females.
20+ guests: 20+ females.

 

Adult version, set at Miss America Pageant.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

8-12 guests: 8-12 females
10-15 guests: 10-15 females
15-20 guests: 15-20 females
20+ guests: 20+ females

 

Clean version, set at Miss America Pageant.

Clean versions are void of references to extra-marital affairs, alcohol and/or illegal drugs. More conservative groups often use clean versions for their mystery of choice.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

8-12 guests: 8-12 females
10-15 guests: 10-15 females
15-20 guests: 15-20 females
20+ guests: 20+ females

 

Teen version, set at Miss TEEN USA Pageant.

Teen versions are also formatted CLEAN, which means that there are no references to alcohol, extra-marital affairs and/or illegal drugs.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

8-16 guests: 8-12 women, 0-4 males**
10-19 guests: 10-15 females, 0-4 males**
15-25 guests: 15-20 females, 0-5 males**
10-20 guests: 10-15 females, 0-5 males**

 

Adult version, set at Miss America Pageant.

**The male roles are optional.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

8-16 guests: 8-12 females, 0-4 males**
10-19 guests: 10-15 females, 0-4 males**
15-25 guests: 15-20 females, 0-5 males**
10-20 guests: 10-15 females, 0-5 males**

 

Clean version, set at Miss America Pageant.

**The male roles are optional.

Clean versions are void of references to extra-marital affairs, alcohol and/or illegal drugs. More conservative groups often use clean versions for their mystery of choice.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

 

8-16 guests: 8-12 females, 0-4 males**

10-19 guests: 10-15 females, 0-4 males**

15-25 guests: 15-20 females, 0-5 males**

10-20 guests: 10-15 females, 0-5 males**

 

Teen version, set at Miss TEEN USA Pageant.

**The male roles are optional.

Teen versions are also formatted CLEAN, which means that there are no references to alcohol, extra-marital affairs and/or illegal drugs.

 

The Cast

*Note that the cast listed below is provided only to give an idea of the types of roles available, and not presented in any order relevant to the plot. Not all cast members are included in every version.

  • Amanda America

    Reigning Miss America

    When she loses the crown, Amanda is afraid she might be losing a great deal more.

  • Anna Alabama

    Miss Alabama

    A talented actress, Anna has a movie career riding on her abilities to win the crown.

  • Allison Alaska

    Miss Alaska

    Beauty & brains are behind this businesswoman, but could her calculating ways get her into trouble?

  • Amy Arizona

    Miss Arizona

    A cunning contestant who is good for her word & expects the same of others. You had better not double-cross her, for she is always known to get her way.

  • Candy California

    Miss California

    Candy was always pressured to succeed. Now that she is on her own, she must rely on her own abilities to win.

  • Izzy Idaho

    Miss Idaho

    This medical school wannabe needs the scholarship money to fund her way to a brighter career.

  • Kailey Kentucky

    Miss Kentucky

  • Lizzie Louisiana

    Miss Louisiana

  • Mary Mississippi

    Miss Mississippi

  • Natasha New Jersey

    Miss New Jersey

  • Natalie New Mexico

    Miss New Mexico

  • Nina New York

    Miss New York

  • Tina Texas

    Miss Texas

  • Wendy Wisconsin

    Miss Wisconsin

  • Patty Pageant

    Pageant Coordinator

  • Judge Julie

    Celebrity Judge

  • Jasmine Judge

    Celebrity Judge

  • Coach Cartier

    Beauty Coach

  • Barbara Beauty

    Beauty Coach

  • Coach Connor

    Beauty Coach

  • Judge Joe

    Celebrity Judge

  • Judge Jake

    Celebrity Judge

  • Guido Gunsmoke

    Mob Boss

  • Daddy Bigbucks

    Oil Tycoon

  • P.I. Pete

    Private Invetsigator

Party Tips

Check out theses clips to make sure that you have all the beauty queen aspects mastered!

Strike the perfect pose

Learning the two pageant walks

How to do the beauty queen wave

Smile with sincerity

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Check out these tips to improve your chances at the competition! (Just for fun, of course!)

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Directions and templates for your sash. Click Here

Directions on how to sew your own sash. Click here.

Order a personalized tiara. Click here.
Make your own tiara. Click here. Or here.

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From Miss America 2011

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• Use (or borrow a friend’s) old bridesmaid’s dress

• Scour the second hand shops and garage sales

• Try the clearance racks in a department store right after a high school dance

• Dress up any outfit or gown by adding beading, cording, fancy fabrics, fringe, etc.

• Not the right color? Take a can of spray paint to the dress.

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Click below for steps on how to create your perfect hairstyle for your perfect pageant hair!

French Twist 
Chignon 
Loose Waves 
Star Fire Pony
Braid Bun

FOR MORE IDEAS on the perfect hair, see this link.

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Directions and templates for your sash. Click Here

Directions on how to sew your own sash. Click here.

Order a personalized tiara. Click here.
Make your own tiara. Click here. Or here.

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From Miss America 2011

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Roll out the red carpet! Nothing but glamour for these beauties!
– Consider adding a banner and/or red rope with stanchions to make it official.
– Where to buy a red carpet.
– How to make red rope with stanchions here.
– Where to buy stanchions with red rope.

 

• Have your guests enter through a VIP entrance!
‘VIP Entrance’ sign (included with the mystery)

 

• How about a balloon arch to honor the beauties? It’s easier than it seems!
– How-to make a balloon arch.
– Where to find an inexpensive arch.

 

• Create a luminary walkway for the guests as they approach the party.

• Download and print off pictures of other beauty queen winners and hang them on the wall. (Included with mystery purchase.)
– For added effect, put them in frames.
– You can spray paint the frames gold for an extra touch!

• Cut or punch out star shapes out of gold or silver cardstock. Hang them from the ceiling with fishing line or create garland by sewing them together.

• Hang signs for the different areas, “backstage,” “judges lounge,” etc. (Included with the mystery.)

• Create a “Pageant Powder Room”.
– Within the powder room, include goodie basket for last-minute touch-ups and freshening up throughout the night. Ideas for items to place in your goodie basket: body glitter, hairspray, nail polish, glitzy eye shadow, compacts, and costume jewelry (found inexpensively at your local Goodwill or re-sale shop). (Sign for the powder room included with the mystery.)

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Three popular color schemes for your party may be gold, white, silver and/or pink.
To pull the color scheme through to your whole space consider the following:

• When decorating a large area or to make an area look more intimate and festive, consider draping pink, white, silver or gold gossamer across the ceiling, walls, and edges of the tablecloth. Combine two colors for a fabulous appearance.

• A little spray paint can go a long, long way. Spray paint novelty items, vases, old wine bottles, etc. to help bring out the color theme and add inexpensive decoration to your party.

• Have a tablecloth—whether plastic or fabric – the colors of your choice.

• Accentuate your tablecloth with the alternative color by using paint pens or fabric paint to paint on decorative accents.

There are many ways you could use “fancy” or colorful fabric to decorate:

• Drape brightly colored fabric on the walls like banners.

• Make a table runner, table cloth and/or napkins.

• Drape over furniture.

• Create decorative pillows.

• Tie to the back of a chair.Places to find fancy fabrics inexpensively:
– Searching clearance bins at fabric stoes
– Second hand shops
– The fabric section at Walmart


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Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.

A few suggestions:

• Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

• You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

• Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.

• An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter.” These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

• Use props like a red carpet, tiaras, boas, lavish chairs, anything you can think of, to create a staged area for pictures.

• Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

• For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
— Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

• For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
— These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

 

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THINK PINK!
One option is to serve a number of pink delicacies! Pink champagne, pink lemonade, pink popcorn, pink maccaroons, etc. You name it. Check out this website for more ideas and recipes for pink food.

Click on pictures above for links to recipes

 

A STATELY AFFAIR
Serve food and drinks from each of the states — Mississippi Mud Pies, Texas Toothpicks, Alaskan Salmon Cakes, Alabama Slammers, Californian Wine, you get the picture.
– For a potluck, have each of the girls/women bring a dish from their “home state.”

 

KEEP IT SMALL
These are health conscience beauty queens! Serve everything in smaller portions (of course they can eat just as much!). Mini cupcakes, cocktail weiners, finger sandwiches, etc. Any bite size food will do. Present each of the foods on a little doily to add elegance.

 

FRIED AND FABULOUS!
These pageant beauties are probably sick of dieting for their big day. Serve an array of fattening (but delicious) foods.


AMERICAN FARE

Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, Smithfield ham, New England Clam chowder, apple pie. Foods that this country is known for.

 

• Top your cupcakes with some “crowning moments” (pictured below). Cupcake toppers included with the mystery purchase.

• Take any cake and add a butcher knife with some red food gel to add a murderous appeal!

• All it takes are some tiaras, and you have turned any cake (or cupcakes) into a themed dessert for your blushing beauties!

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• Construct one long table for dinner. Use a brightly colored or metallic piece of fabric for a runner.

• Drape table with gossamer and put white twinkle brghts underneath to illuminate.

• Decorate the table runner with gold fabric paint.

• Include gold- or silver-toned plastic plates, cups and plastic/silverware.

• Purchase gold colored plastic cups and hot glue fake jewels to the outside of the cups.

• Have decorative napkins held together by elaborate (costume) jewelry.

• Finish off by tying a tulle or other fabric bow onto each chair.

• Use a centerpiece of white roses (fake or real) in a clear vase filled with sparkly gems or beads.

• Spray paint decorative vases and use them as centerpieces. Add flowers or lights to highlight them.

• Make your own placecards with designs included in the mystery packet (pictured below).

• Display your menu for everyone to see or have it at each place setting. (Menu template included with package.)

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STATE SONGS: Make a mix and include songs from the diferent states: Sweet Home Alabama (Lynard Skynard), New York, New York (Tony Bennett),California Girls (The Beach Boys), Texas (George Strait), etc.

PAGEANT FAVORITES: Make a mix and include such songs as: Miss America (Nick Carter), Beauty Queen (Brat) and Little Miss America (Stewart Francke), Here She Comes Miss America. Or try this mix.

PATRIOTIC MUSIC: Pay tribute to this country by playing a compilation of songs about America. Find it here.

FOR FREE MUSIC: Visit your local library to borrow copies of any of the music above or your own picks.

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Killing For The Crown includes:

Mystery PDF that includes: A Host Guide, A Schedule of the Night, An Introduction, Designed Invitations, Background Information, Character Descriptions, Character Objective Sheets, Name Tags, Evidence, Accusation Sheets, a Detailed Solution, Award Certificates, and more!

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