The Best Murder Mystery Theatre & Variety Shows

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Since 1992, BigTime has entertained hundreds of thousands of people all over the world with a variety of Murder Mystery productions and other theatrical events. BigTime’s head office is in Ottawa, Canada, also home to our international touring cast; additionally, we have a Toronto office which serves the Golden Horseshoe. Employing over fifty actors, writers and technicians, BigTime produces hundreds of shows each year. Check some of our past events here >>

Although BigTime’s main focus has been on Murder Mystery theatre, the company has grown into so much more than that. Thanks to contracts from the National Hockey League, Brother International, McDonald’s and Bell Canada, among many others, BigTime has created, scripted and performed new theatrical concepts to meet our clients’ needs.

A BigTime IDOL cast travelled to James Bay to entertain a small village. Watch the short musical video.

Giving Back to the Community

Charity fundraising has also given BigTime a chance to get creative. Working with television station CTV at the Central Canada Exhibition, BigTime created the “Catch-The-Culprit” contest as an on-site fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Aid Foundation. “Catch-The-Culprit” used word puzzles brought to life by actors to present Exhibition visitors with a mystery to solve in order to win prizes. BigTime handled all aspects of this initiative, including writing the concept, building the set, gathering sponsors and writing the contest rules. The end result was a $5500 donation to the Children’s Aid Foundation. Over the years we’re produced fundraisers for cancer research and supported countless charitable organizations in the form of donations and reduced fundraising rates.

BigTime’s exceptional reputation for creativity, problem solving, professional performance and production has led to many high profile engagements, including a cross-country tour for Brother International, and a trip to the Maho Beach Resort in St. Maarten in June 2002.

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Peter Dillon, President of BigTime Productions

Actor & Entrepreneur: Mixing Show & Biz

Peter Dillon, BigTime’s founder and President-At-Large, is a Top Forty Under 40 award recipient and was named one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s Top 50 People. He has been a professional actor for over 25 years and appeared in dozens of Films, Television shows, Radio + TV commercials and 1000’s of Comedically Interactive Dinner Theatre productions all over the world. Most recently, Peter can be seen in TV shows Murdoch Mysteries, SUITS, Orphan Black, Saving Hope, Flashpoint, NIKITA, Degrassi The Next Generation, Hell on Wheels, to name a few. Currently Peter can be seen as Fred Baxter on ABC Tv’s hit show Quantico. Over the years he’s shared the screen with Ernest Borgnine, Denzel Washington, Ed O’Neil, Teri Garr, Angelina Jolie, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, and many others.

In 2001, Dillon co-founded A.C.T. (Acting for Cinema and Television), a company that offers screen training courses, and does its part to introduce local performers to casting agents and producers. Peter performs in as many BigTime shows as he can fit into his schedule; he can usually be seen playing the hard case gumshoe ‘Special’ Officer Torque Penderloin, dumb waiter Corey Timlinsonfindan and game show host Bobby Rayburn Jr. Learn more about Pete at www.PeteDillon.com.

In 2004 and 2005 BigTime was awarded a major Parks Canada contract. The “Theatre on the Veranda” project involved designing, writing and producing a three-month run of historically accurate, professional theatre presentations to compliment Laurier House National Historic site in Ottawa.

Repeat business is BigTime’s stock and trade – BigTime has also performed all over the Canada and United States. However, the biggest highlight of all has to be performing in the Persian Gulf in February 2003 for the men and women of the Canadian Forces taking part in Operation Apollo.

In April 2005, BigTime’s President-At-Large, Pete Dillon, was named one of Ottawa’s Top 50 People by Ottawa Life Magazine, and in May 2005 Pete was chosen as one of the Top Forty Under 40 business executives by the Ottawa Business Journal.


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