The Patriot Players, performing on stage, with comedy


Photo by Sarah Nanos

The Patriot Players performed their opening night of Clue on Nov. 17.

The Patriot Players production of Clue had its opening night on Thursday, Nov. 17, and ran until Sunday, Nov. 20. With well- timed jokes, a Scooby Doo like door chase, and a slow motion chandelier fall, which one could say parodies the chandelier fall in Phantom of the Opera, the audience was kept entertained throughout.

Clue, written by Sandy Rustin, provides a comedic twist to the popular board game and cult classic movie. In the play, a mysterious millionaire host known as Mr. Boddy invites six suspects to his mansion: Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard. “I think being able to act with such an amazing cast including both our primaries and our understudies was a great opportunity,” junior and Mrs. Peacock actress Jessica Lee said.

The classic murder weapons featured in the game are gifted to the suspects, but end up being used throughout the play to carry out homicides. As the night goes on, more and more bodies show up, driving the people inside the house to madness as they try to figure out which one of them is the murderer. “I just really like the way that it all comes together and the way that you just get to know so many people and just have fun,” senior Connor Lindauer said.

Lindauer, who played Miss. Scarlet enjoyed mimicking their character’s dry personality and humor. “I love her personality. Everything about her,” Lindauer said. “Just her dry sarcastic way of speaking and I just love her.”

Senior Drew Sill, who played the peculiar Butler Wadsworth, enjoyed performing his character’s ending monologue, in which he re-enacts the entire show. “I got to do an accent on stage for the first time. I had a fun time cracking all the jokes,” Sill said.

Along with its comedic entertainment, Clue’s set design allowed viewers to explore the infamous murder mansion featured in the game. Within seconds the players could enter doors to other rooms, the set rotating to reveal murder locations like the Billiard Room or the Kitchen.

“We got the design from a university in Connecticut who did Clue, and used that as a basis,” junior Jax Kobey said. “We created it pretty much from scratch. It was a lot of work to create the 8 foot by four foot walls.”

Keeping the family game night vibe, the games classic guessing cards were distributed in the lobby, which gave audience members a chance to solve the murder mystery as it was being played out on stage. “I enjoyed the scene where everyone was going in and out of doors,” senior Rose Adkins said.

With Clue being a success, the Patriot Players are looking forward to their production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which will take place this spring. “I think that the community that we’ve built here is absolutely stellar, and I look forward to working with them in the spring,” Sill said.