Whitewater High School will present “Clue On Stage” from March 7 through 10. Cast members, from the left, Emma Van Daele, Carter Waelchli and Angie McKelvey rehearse a scene. (Tom Ganser photo)

Whitewater High School Players rendition of whodunit set March 7-10

By Tom Ganser

Correspondent

Taking in a performance of the Whitewater High School Players production of “Clue On Stage” is just the right prescription to cure your case of the winter blahhs and to boost your energy and spirits.

“Clue On Stage” tells the hilarious story of a whodunit dinner party — attended by six oddball and mysterious guests known as Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard — at which murder and blackmail are on the menu.

The stage production is based on the 1985 movie adaptation of the classic Hasbro board game Clue. The movie gave birth to a cult following of Clue aficionados.

Performances at the Whitewater High School auditorium are scheduled for at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

Reserved seat tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and can be reserved by calling 262-472-8178. Tickets also are available one hour before the performances at the WHS box office.

The cast, under the direction of Jim McCulloch, includes Jul Boss, Maddie Elworthy, Jillian Harkness, Lauren Harkness, Maggie Jay, Ky Kehrer, Weston Lema, Audrey Mayer, Sophie Mayer, Angie McKelvey, Aldo Rodriguez, Nicole Sedmak, Madison Strickler, Emma Van Daele and Carter Waelchli.

Taking care of all the backstage magic for the show are Gracia Boley, Henry Bresser, Olive Coburn, Kat Dunham, Jake Hintz, Josie Hintz, Dakota Isbell, Cally Julson, Jordyn Korf, Hailey Long, Chris Porcaro, Slate Spear and Sophie Walton.

Freshman Audrey Mayer provides a “singing telegram” during the play.

“This role is a bit perkier than my last role as Sheila LaVage in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Mayer said.

“The greatest challenge is that it’s my first time acting,” junior Emma Van Daele said of her role as Yvette. “Usually I’m on the backstage crew.”

Senior Weston Lema appears as the butler, Wodsworth.

“The biggest challenge for my character is finding a good balance between the different energy levels in the scenes,” Lema said. “I go from being a standard, calm British butler to literally sprinting around the stage trying to solve a case. It needs a good level of control in my energy and acting.”

To add to the fun, audience members are encouraged to dress as one of the quirky dinner party guests.

 
 

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