Washington Evening Journal
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The Broadway Players of Fairfield High School will perform the madcap murder mystery “Clue” Friday and Saturday at the high school auditorium.
The play starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights, and is free with a school activity pass, or otherwise $5 at the door. The event is also being livestreamed. Information about the livestream can be found at the school’s website, fairfieldsfuture.org.
Fairfield drama director Betsie Wotherspoon sets the scene for what audiences can expect when they enter the auditorium this weekend:
“It is a dark and stormy night. You are invited to a very ’unusual’ dinner party at Boddy Manor. You are all suspects in ’Clue,’ the spring production of the Broadway Players of Fairfield High School.
“The butler gives each guest a weapon. No one will be called by their real name. And the host is, well, dead. So, whodunit?”
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, Wotherspoon said. She wants audiences to know that, since the play is a murder mystery, “there are depictions of, well, murders.”
Traditional Clue weapons, simulated gun shots, stage blood, dead bodies and body parts, strobe lights, thunder, and other light, sound, and visual effects will be in use.
“However, do remember: this is a comedy,” Wotherspoon stressed.
Cast and crew
The characters in this spring’s show and the actors who portray them are:
Miss Scarlet (Evie Messer), Professor Plum (Ethan McReynolds), Mrs. White (Allison Hunger), Mr. Green (Wyatt Whitham), Mrs. Peacock (Charity Trent) and Colonel Mustard (Spencer Hilger) are all racing to find the murderer before the body count stacks up.
They are joined by: Wadsworth, the butler (Carson Taylor); Yvette, the maid (Sophia Fritz); Mr. Boddy, the host (Jacob Carlson); the Cook (Samara McLain), the Passing Motorist (Sara Poletti); the Singing-and-Tap-Dancing Telegram Girl (Erin Epperson); the Broken-Down-Car Cop (Samara McLain), the Chief (Marcus Trent), the Cops-Who-Save-the-Day (Brock Curtis and Felicia Strong), and the Newscaster (Ryan Higgins).
Mysteries and secrets are revealed by the backstage run crew: Brock Curtis, Erin Epperson and Felicia Strong.
Light and sound magic is provided by: Abigail Ford, Blair Grunwald, Connor Hawkins, and Gannon Scott, supervised by Mr. John Grunwald and Mr. Jim Edgeton.
Set crew includes Mr. Cole Boatright, Mr. John Grunwald, Ms. Noel Wotherspoon, Ben Boatright, Jacob Carlson, Brock Curtis, Erin Epperson, Samara McLain, Evie Messer, Sara Poletti, Felicia Strong, and Marcus Trent.
Noel Wotherspoon, assistant director, was responsible for the scenic painting and costumes.
The murder mystery “Clue” was adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, written by Sandy Rustin and adapted from the Paramount Pictures Film written by Jonathan Lynn, and the board game from Hasbro, Inc.
Residents can find the livestream of the play at the above address, and use their credit card to purchase a $5 ticket to watch the murder mystery from the comfort of their home.