Was it Mrs. Peacock in the library with the rope? Or Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with the candlestick?
The classic Hasbro board game ‘Clue’ has six suspects, six weapons, and nine rooms, resulting in 324 possible solutions. Come see Eden Prairie High School’s (EPHS) play based on the game and try to figure out whodunnit!
Performances are all at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, in the EPHS auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased here.
The plot is as follows: It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party at a remote mansion where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Each of the six mysterious guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead.
Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.
“The audience is in for a very entertaining evening,” said Elizabeth Stephan, an EPHS junior who plays Miss Scarlet. “Our show is a fun mix of comedy and murder (fake, of course).”
Lots of student input has upped the creativity factor in the play, Stephan said.
“Our director, Denice Mahler, has always been asking for what we want to do and is up for almost everything we come up with, no matter how unhinged or silly it looks,” she said.
About the show
The EPHS production features the six familiar “colorful” characters from the board game plus a large ensemble playing cameo roles such as the singing telegram girl or the mysterious stranded motorist.
Stephan said the most enjoyable part of rehearsing was learning about stage combat and all of the precautions needed for it. “Before every rehearsal, we do a fight call where we run every single stunt to make sure we’re doing it completely safely,” she said. “[Mahler] has done an amazing job at that.”
The total cast includes 20 students. This will be a final performance in tech and cast for a number of returning seniors, including Nathan Anderson, Jacob John, Marit Kniffen, Molly Corbett, and Vivienne Tabor.
The show’s cast members are:
The cook: Susannah Smith
Telegram girl: Frances Johnson
The unexpected cop: Owen Caruth
Backup cops: Drew Little, Erin McCloud, Elliot Miller, Nicholas Song, Dipper Tomlinson, Eliana Zwiefelhofer
Mr. Boddy: Jacob John
The motorist: Sebastian Princ
Chief of police: Aidan Fairbanks
Wadsworth: Isaac Lubin
Yvette: Anna Brinkkotter
Miss Scarlet: Elizabeth Stephan
Mrs. Peacock: Molly Corbett
Mrs. White: Britta Rekstad
Colonel Mustard: Marit Kniffen
Professor Plum: Laura Schiveley
Mr. Green: Adam Szendre
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