Something’s Fishy OR Who Murdered Muriel? A Comedy Murder Mystery Play Perusal



A Comedic Play, Murder Mystery.  Solving the problem of world hunger should be a good thing, right?  Not for Dr. Lucy Marshall who has to fight her competitors, diamond thieves and even deadly harm to her test fish, Muriel.


We always hear about “Rudolph THIS!” or “Rudolph THAT!” Just because Rudolph saved the day ONCE… Everybody tends to forget about the eight ORIGINAL reindeer.

Well? They’re not putting up with it anymore and DANCER is championing the cause. However, he may have taken things a bit too far. His mischief gets out of hand, and he manages to back himself into a corner.

Now, this wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that he takes everybody down with him. Especially Ralph, the Elf Manager. Because of all the chaos, Ralph accidentally clobbers Santa on the head. Santa winds out with amnesia and has no interest at all in climbing into a sleigh and delivering toys on Christmas Eve. Ralph, of course, thinks his career will be over as soon as Santa regains his memory and realizes what he’s done.

In the middle of it all, Santa starts calling Mrs. Claus, “Fee Fee,” and all SHE wants to do is go on a long overdue vacation.

And all of this is being absorbed with total confusion by the two new little elves working in Santa’s Workshop.

Will Christmas happen this year? Of course, it does! There’s ALWAYS a happy ending! And the Music is delightful.

Cast of Characters

    1. DANCER – The Reindeer
    2. RALPH – The Elf Manager. He’s a real curmudgeon. Always grumpy. Never Smiles.
    3. SANTA
    4. MRS. CLAUS – A sweet soul with a “Gracie Allen” type logic.
    5. LENNY – (LENORIOS) – Little girl Elf.
    6. STEVE – (STEVIONAL) – Little boy Elf.

Script Sample

Production Notes

This is an extremely easy show to put on. The sets are on stage in separate areas so there is no need for any set changes. The only thing that needs attention at change of scene is props.

If there are any questions, you need to discuss authors intent, or if there is the need for any changes due to venue restrictions, please feel free to contact the authors at (215) 345-5550. They will be glad to help and/or give authorization for those needed changes.


Modern day street dress and two lab coats.


The set for Aquatic Scientifics is Upstage Center. (See script for description)

The Real Estate Office is depicted Downstage at Stage Right with a simple desk, executive chair and guest chair. There is a sign that says “Smurge Real Estate”.

Miscellaneous occurrences happen Downstage at Stage Left and Center, with implied locations only.


Consult the script for all needed props.

Your Materials Package Includes:

    • 16 Scripts
    • 1 Piano/Vocal Score Book
    • 1 Press Play CD

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