Posted on December 01, 2021 at 11:21 a.m.
A good old-fashioned thriller will be resolved this weekend at Palmerton Area High School when the drama club presents its production of “Clue”.
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie, inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, “Clue” is a hilarious prank that meets a mysterious murder.
The performances take place from Thursday to Saturday in the auditorium of the school at 7 p.m., with doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets cost $ 5 for students and $ 10 for adults. They are available online at https://phsdramaclub.ludus.com/index.php, or at the door.
Councilor Brent Harris said the theater club was looking for a production that would allow students to have a little more fun on stage. “Clue”, with its murder mystery theme and spooky surprises, fits that bill.
“For a very long time we played pretty heavy pieces with a lot of dialogue and big themes,” Harris said. “We found these shows very rewarding and saw some great performances from those castings, but with everything that happened, we just wanted to have a little more fun. ‘Clue’ never takes itself too seriously. We had a great time with it.
The story begins in an isolated mansion, where six mysterious guests gather for an unusual dinner where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host is found dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – The Butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard run to find the killer.
“The audience will be left guessing until the end which party guest is really the culprit,” said Harris. “Above all, they should expect to have a good evening at the theater with students performing live on stage. For us, there is nothing better.
While some pieces leave the roles open to interpretation, Clue’s script is very precise as to who the characters are.
“Just like ‘A Christmas Story,’ there’s also a movie that a lot of people saw as well as the original game and its characters,” Harris said. “So it was a little more important for us to have accurate representations of who these characters were.”
While the cast worked hard to prepare for opening night, Harris said, the same recognition goes to the stage crew and the production crew backstage. Last year they were placed in unknown roles when the production of “Radium Girls” was taped and then made available to streaming audiences at home.
“These students learned how to use cameras, edit film, and link audio to video,” Harris said. “We would never even have had a show to present to our audience without their willingness to go above and beyond for the good of the show. This year is no different as they spend countless hours building sets, painting, organizing props, gluing down furniture, arranging microphone layouts, and designing the lighting for the show. There really are no words to describe everything the stage crew does for our shows.
Flowers, t-shirts, candy and show posters will be available in the lobby prior to all performances courtesy of the Palmerton Drama Parents Club.
Snacks and light refreshments can also be purchased before the show and during intermission at the school store. All profits are donated to the theater club.
It is Palmerton policy that a mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times on district property. This includes while the audience is seated during the performance. All members of the public are required to follow these guidelines in order to be admitted to the production.
Members of Palmerton’s Drama Club perform a “Clue” scene. From left to right, Zane Himmelwright, Autumn Heydt, Rheese Borland, Josh Rehatchek, Riley Fallon, Maddy Wentz and Maddie Everett. The school will carry out the murder mystery from Thursday to Saturday. JARRAD HEDES / TIMES NEWS