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Master Mystery Productions creates a series of awards to honor excellence in production, performance, writing, and service.  We extend our endless gratitude by honoring our many award winners–past and present.  We present them after curtain call on closing night.  Under each award is a description of it and a list of our winners.  Congratulations, everyone, on your fantastic achievements for Master Mystery Productions!

THE AWARDS OF MASTER MYSTERY PRODUCTIONS

Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key Award for Service Above and Beyond was first created in 2015 during the production of our second show, Goodbye Hollywood.  It is presented by a show’s director to individuals involved in bringing the production to life.  These individuals have shown tremendous work ethic, have dedicated his or herself to the show, and have served beyond the call of duty to bring the mystery to the stage.  Each Skeleton Key is designed by the Founder of Master Mystery Productions to be unique to each production, reflecting the story’s individual themes.  It is a show’s highest honor, and winners are forever honored in future souvenir programs and on our website for Master Mystery Productions.

Not every Master Mystery Production has a Skeleton Key.  Some shows are too small or private.  So those honored with the Skeleton Key Award set a high bar for everyone who works at MMP, and it is their inspiring work which pushes us to create better and better mysteries.

Photo album of Skeleton Key Awards.

FUN FACTS

cropped-magnifying-glass-solo The Skeleton Key was retroactively awarded to Jeannie Johnson for 2013’s Murder at the Red Fez, which had been honored with the title of the first Master Mystery Production in 2015.  She received her award at the closing night of our second show, Goodbye Hollywood.

cropped-magnifying-glass-solo Bury Me in Paris in 2017 broke tradition by presenting three candidates for the Skeleton Key.  All three deserved the award equally, so Master Mystery Productions awarded three Keys at the closing night of the show.

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OUR WINNERS ARE:

Jeannie Johnson  Murder at the Red Fez  March 2013

Brianne Hardwick  Goodbye Hollywood  Spring 2015

Lena Pokol  Goodbye Hollywood: At the Rainbow’s End  Summer 2015

Donna Rosenthal  Hello Out There  September 2015

Margit Stallings  Hero  October 2015

Calvin Johnson  Ex Luna  March 2016

Monica Lorenz  The Last Garden Party  July 2016

Julie Bradford  Pauper’s Grave  September 2016

Dan McGuire  Murder at the Broken Heart Mine  February 2017

Katie Cozine, Darren Hoyt, and Heather McGaha  Bury Me in Paris  Spring 2017

Nicole Johnson  Ode to Agatha  July 2017

Leslie Blake  Anonymous  August 2017

Devanne Fredette   The Silent City   September 2017

Michelle Stallings   Femme Fatales   October 2017

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Diamond Mask

The Diamond Mask Award for Excellence in Performance was created in early 2017 during the production of our twelfth show, Bury Me in Paris.  It is awarded by audiences to the actors they believe had the strongest performances during a show.  Audiences vote on their favorite performances, and the winners are awarded on closing night.  Actors can win the Diamond Mask multiple times, and it is a recognition of their hard work and dedication to their roles in a show.

Actors honored with the Diamond Mask receive the symbol of a diamond on their head shot in any souvenir programs for shows they work on in the future.  The number of diamonds indicate the number of times they’ve won.

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The Diamond Mask Award

FUN FACTS

cropped-magnifying-glass-soloThe Diamond Mask was created after Master Mystery Productions received such overwhelming and unanimous praise of Celese Sanders’ performance as Mia Mallowan in our eighth show, The Last Garden Party, in 2016.  We realized the time had come to honor the performances of our talented actors and created the Diamond Mask Award.  Celese was honored with her Diamond Mask at the curtain call for our fourteenth show, Anonymous, in 2017.

cropped-magnifying-glass-solo Bury Me in Paris was originally only supposed to have two Diamond Mask winners, but the audience voting was such that three winners were crowned on closing night.

cropped-magnifying-glass-soloAnonymous ended with a tie in voting, so two Diamond Masks were awarded.

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OUR WINNERS ARE:

Celese Sanders (Mia Mallowan, The Last Garden Party)

Cat Kusznir (“Massimo” D’Amato, Bury Me in Paris)

Katie Cozine (Flora Westcott, Bury Me in Paris)

Monica Lorenz (Wilhelmina Blake, Bury Me in Paris; Simone Davenport, Ode to Agatha)

Nicole Johnson (Miriam Lancaster, Ode to Agatha)

Matthew Bradford (Agent Race, Anonymous)

Sam Johnson (Agent Sly, Anonymous)

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Partners in Crime

The Partners in Crime Award for Service in Writing was created in 2015 during the production of our third show, Hello Out There, which was co-written with frequent writing partner, C. R. Rowenson.  It is given to guest writers who contribute their fabulous talents to the creation of these mysteries as a reward for their talent and skill.  Without them, there are no mysteries!  Writers are awarded for their first show only.  Each subsequent show in listed below their winner entry in parentheses.

Photo album of The Partners in Crime Awards.

Quill

OUR WINNERS ARE:

C. R. Rowenson     Hello Out There     September 2015

(Pauper’s Grave–September 2016; The Silent City–September 2017)

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Founder's Award

The final award presented by the company, the Founder’s Award for a Year of Outstanding Service is Master Mystery Productions’ highest honor, given only once a year to an individual, organization, company, or business that gives above and beyond excellence in service to Master Mystery Productions over the course of a production year (January through November).  Each award is styled after our classic logo: the golden magnifying glass on a black field.  The Founder’s Award rewards those who possess commitment to help better our company and our shows over the entire year, and we are eternally grateful for all they do for us at Master Mystery Productions.

Photo album of the Founder’s Awards.

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OUR WINNERS ARE:

Michelle Stallings   2015

Red Rock Books   2016

Monica Lorenz   2017

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All award names and award images are property of Master Mystery Productions.

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