ROME — Break out the black ties and long gloves as Rome Art and Community Center presents a fully interactive murder mystery party theatre titled "Murder at the Masquerade."

Performed by The Butler Did It Players, the event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the RACC, 308 W. Bloomfield St.

Each year, the owner of the local opera, Lee Romaine, hosts “The Party of the Year,” inviting the best, the brightest, and the most well known to woo them. His bottom line? Woo them in order to help promote the theater and help the opera make money. This is a chance to show off their style and make connections (business and personal) that could prove to be beneficial in the upcoming year. None of the attendees are 100 percent sure who the others are or if they know each other (or perhaps by reputation only?). But someone attending the party hasn’t been invited. They are hiding behind their mask and they have other plans for the evening. Who is the masked marauder and what are they after?

Attendees are welcome to be fully involved in the experience and may come in costume. Dress in your finest black-tie attire and carry an elegant mask. Enjoy a cocktail and waltz with the handsome men and graceful women in attendance. Dress the part. It’s optional, of course, but it will enhance your whole experience. Use your imagination and get ready to play.

Tickets are $30 per person.

For tickets, email executivedirector@romeart.org, call 315-336-1040 or visit www.romeart.org/events.