On Friday, Nov. 16, the cast and crew for “Clue: Onstage” brilliantly performed its opening show. Originally supposed to open Thursday, Nov. 15, the opening show had to be postponed to Friday due to inclement weather. It was well worth the wait.
Based off the popular movie and even more popular board game, “Clue: Onstage,” the show gave audiences a fresh spin on the classic trope of the murder mystery. It kept the audience not only laughing with its heavy humor, but it also kept people guessing as the show went on, due to the many twists and turns in the show’s plot.
The production, under the direction of junior Hannah Famulare, kept the audience in Memorial Auditorium interested from the first minute to the last.
“I’m ready to see the audience react, have them laugh and gasp along,” Famulare said. “I’m really excited to see [the audience’s] interaction through the performance.”
Famulare, an Interdisciplinary Arts major with concentrations in theater and music, could not have put on the show without her cast. The actors in the play kept the audience laughing and on the edge of their seats for the duration of the show.
“[The actors are] perfectly casted, I wouldn’t have asked for anything more from them,” Famulare said. “It’s been an honor working with them and seeing them work and grow as actors.”
One of these actors was senior Avery Quinn. Quinn, a communication/journalism major and theater minor, played the professional yet relatable butler who goes by the name of “Wadsworth.”
“[Wadsworth’s] the butler. He’s the host of the party that all these guests are invited to. When things start to get chaotic, he becomes the leader of the group trying to discover the mystery, trying to figure out who the murderer is, what’s going on in this house and why,” Quinn said. “It’s exciting to play someone at the very start of the show who’s very uptight and proper. Then at the end of the show it’s almost like they’re going crazy.”
Quinn was glad to be a part of such a great show, and he met a lot of new people along the way.
“I made a lot of new friends within my cast, and the assistant directors have been great and Hannah’s been awesome,” Quinn said. “This has been an awesome experience for me.”
The show offered up a very fun dynamic, with each character getting more paranoid and nervous as the night went on. Freshman Alena Dobbs was among the many students in attendance to watch this occur.
“I think it was very entertaining,” Dobbs said. “It was definitely accurate to the movie.”
While Famulare’s main goal is to pursue singing and acting on a bigger stage, she enjoyed directing and is open to continue doing it.
“I had my vision, and to see it come to life has been amazing,” Famulare said. “It’s been a great experience and I would love to do it again.”