On a dark and stormy night, with mysterious guests, a butler with weapons, and a dead host, the stage is set for Edsel Ford High School’s production of the comedic mystery “Clue.”
The show runs 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1 at the school auditorium, 20601 Rotunda, Dearborn.
The cast includes Chris Adams as Mr. Green, Leslie Adams as Yvette, Hasen Alnakash as Professor Plum, Andrew Bard as the motorist, Cameron Conolly as a cop, Kyla Heaton as the Singing Telegram Girl, Nora Heaton as Mrs. White, Lily Kanclerz as Miss Scarlet, Lataysia Lacey as the agent, Molly Mullen as Cook, Abbie Pitts as Mrs. Peacock, Oscar Vasquez as Mr. Boddy, Nathan Wall as Wadsworth and Griffin Ziembowicz as Colonel Mustard.
With a “colorful” cast of characters, developing a stage personae provides fun and challenge.
Leslie Adams said it was fun to develop a deliberately bad French accent.
“It was difficult to figure out how Yvette would actually act, and to stay in character with all the hilarious craziness going on,” she said.
Ziembowicz said Colonel Mustard is also a fun role to play.
“He gets to be a complete idiot, which is kind of like what I do in real life,” he said. “The only challenge I really have is discerning his ‘idiot’ speech from his ‘military’ speech.”
Pitts said her personality is not like Mrs. Peacock at all.
“It’s fun that she is so dramatic and all over the place,” she said. “I had a hard time getting some attributes of hers because they were so not me.”
Nora Heaton agrees that the fast-paced action is fun.
“It’s a lot of fun to run around,” she said. “It was hard to stay in character when really close to the other actors, though.”
Wall said playing Wadsworth provides a unique challenge.
“It’s fun playing someone who is serious but also comedic,” he said. “It was challenging to bring all of my scenes together to make one cohesive performance.”
Kanclerz said she enjoys the challenge of playing Miss Scarlet.
“It is fun challenging my inner diva,” she said.
Chris Adams said he reminds people that the murder mystery involves all of the characters.
Leslie Adams adds that it is funny and “over-the-top.”
“You will feel like you are actually part of the show instead of just being an audience member,” she said.
Nora Heaton further defines the show.
“It’s a theater mystery that is full of dry humor,” she said. “It’s really a comedy at heart.”
Ziembowicz adds that the comedic aspect of the play is fun to watch.
“It’s so unique,” he said. “It’s not like anything you have seen before – it mixes comedy with a classic whodunit.”
Pitts said in addition to the fun, the mystery is well-crafted.
“You really won’t see the ending coming,” she promised.
Wall said the audience is kept guessing.
“You’re going to have a lot of fun trying to figure out who the murderer is,” he said.
Kanclerz agreed that the audience will have fun trying to guess who the murderer is.
“You will be guessing until the very last second,” she said.
Chris Adams predicts audiences will appreciate the unexpected plot twists, while Leslie Adams said they will appreciate the show’s funny aspects.
“There are a number of twists and funny moments,” Ziembowicz said.
Nora Heaton hopes audiences are still laughing after the final curtain, while Kanclerz predicts they will debate why some of their theories were right and others were wrong.
“Keep your mind open, because you never know what could happen,” Leslie Adams said.
“This is a great twist on classic humor,” Ziembowicz adds.
Tickets are $8, with a $2 discount for seniors and students. To order, go to EFHSclue.brownpapertickets.com or purchase tickets at the door.