In 1985, director Jonathan Lynn released a movie called Clue, based on the popular Hasbro board game. When the movie first came out, it was hated by critics, but as time went on, more and more people started to appreciate it, and it has since become a cult classic. The Guilford theatre department will be putting Clue on stage. Clue will take place at Guilford High School on April 7, 8, and 9 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are ten dollars at the door.
The artistic director for the Guilford theatre department, Mrs. Melissa Wolf, has been wanting to put this show on for a while, and she thinks that because she has an all-star cast, this is the perfect time to do it.
“I was super excited to do this play because I knew that we had the clientele to do it,” said Mrs. Wolf. “We have some awesome juniors and seniors that are great with comedic timing. Just watching those students from the beginning to the end of the production process is really fun to watch.”
She also feels that Clue will be an amazing show to put on because this is the first, straightforward, non-musical play that the department has put on since COVID. She feels that because the show is lighthearted, it’ll be a fun show to put on.
“Sometimes we pick really heavy topics. We talk about racial profiling, gender equality, but this one is just a light, fluffy, iconic comedic piece,” said Mrs. Wolf. “We kind of wanted to draw people out of feeling down about the pandemic, and we just wanted to come out and do a fun, happy night of entertainment.”
Mrs. Wolf’s duties include envisioning the show, working with actors, and being in charge of props and costumes, but she isn’t the only person who helps out behind the scenes. The stage managers are a huge part of the production as well. Kylee Moore, a senior, is a stage manager.
“Me and Amara Ihonde, who is the other stage manager, are the main leaders backstage when the scene changes with the setting,” said Moore. “We have some responsibility in helping the actors a little bit. Not a whole bunch, but we’re there if they need help with lines or stage directions.”
Moore originally auditioned to be a part of the show, but instead was made a stage manager by Mrs. Wolf. While she was disappointed at first, she is happy that she is a stage manager.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a stage manager, but I was very sad that I didn’t make the play,” said Moore. “It sucked a lot, but I do enjoy being a part of the show. It wasn’t my first choice obviously, but I’m happy to be in the show and the cast is really fun to be with.”
Many actors in this production are in acting class, and they say that it is interesting to see the contrast between what they do in class and what they do on stage for Clue.
“This play is different because it’s kind of relaxed,” said Moore. “I know it’s stressful, but it’s not as fast and you work on the little details a lot more, whereas in acting class we just get a scene and go along with it.”
Like Moore, Julian Frometa, a senior, is also in acting class, and he sees a difference between the two as well.
“We’re much closer, and we’re working on the same script for a longer time instead of working on something new every two weeks,” said Frometa. “It’s a lot more different. It feels a lot more important to do this.”
Frometa is using this play as a way to further his career as an actor. While he currently plans on becoming an actor, he didn’t realize that he wanted to do this until recently.
“I was actually trying to get into real estate because that could make me the most money,” said Frometa. “I was like ‘Forget money! I just want to be happy!’ I realized during quarantine when everything was shut down, how fast life can change, and I realized that I might as well just follow my dreams.”
While Frometa may no longer be nervous about chasing his dreams, many students want to audition for the play but don’t want to because they are scared to. Moore used to be like this until she auditioned for Clue, her first play. She has a piece of advice for newcomers.
“I would say just do it,” said Moore. “As hard as it is, even if you don’t make it, at least you can say that you tried. I know it’s corny, but you’re only a loser if you didn’t try. If you’re not going to try, then you’re immediately not going to make it, so just see how it goes. It’s a fun thing to do!”