From Board Game to Stage: Clue Comes Alive at Lampeter-Strasburg High School
In a delightful blend of comedy and mystery, Lampeter-Strasburg High School's fall production of Clue captivated audiences from November 9th to 11th at the Performing Arts Center. Inspired by the classic board game and the 1985 film adaptation, the play unfolds in a mysterious mansion where a dinner party takes a dark turn with murder and blackmail.
The story begins at a mansion, where six mysterious guests gather for an unusual dinner party. When their host, Mr. Boddy, ends up dead, they all become suspects of the murder. Guided by the butler, Mr. Wadsworth, characters like Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Colonel Mustard race to unveil the killer, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. The play, written by Sandy Rustin, is peppered with humor and unexpected twists, making it an enthralling watch.
Key performances by James Appelgrijn, Kathryn Davis, Kole Lawrence, Emma Landis, Gabe Bostdorf, Talia Hall, and Aiden Flory brought the characters to life. Under Mrs. Rettew's direction, the students delivered a performance that not only showcased their acting prowess but also their ability to evoke both laughter and suspense.
The dedication of the 20 student cast members and 18 crew members, who rehearsed diligently for about 10 weeks, was evident in every aspect of the production. From the carefully timed sound effects to the well-executed scene changes, each element contributed to the success of the play.
The intricate set design, a challenge proudly undertaken by the students with guidance from Mrs. Rettew and Mr. Cantrell, added to the immersive experience. Mrs. Rettew remarked on the creative process, highlighting the students' significant contribution to realizing the vision for the set, "Ultimately, the students deserve the most credit for creating the most feasible set design."
Kayla Kunkle, a high school student and audience member, shared her excitement, saying, "It was an exciting show to find out the shocking ending." This sentiment was echoed by many who attended one of the four performances, appreciating the skillful blend of humor and mystery.
Lampeter-Strasburg High School's production of Clue was a testament to the hard work and talent of its students. With each performance, they not only entertained their audience but also showcased the vibrant spirit and creativity inherent in the Lampeter-Strasburg theatre program.
by Payton Laub, L-S News Contributor