Boddy Mansion Comes to Mechanicsburg Friday
Jun 16, 2015 04:32PM
● By Kevin
Clue The Musical opens at Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg on Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Clue is an exhilarating, fast-paced family musical lasting 95 minutes and performed without an intermission. The musical is performed with special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. All performances will be held at the Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg, 915 S. York Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Order your tickets (all seats, $20.00) at ltmonline.net or by calling the box office at 717-766-0535.
Upon entering the theatre, audience members receive game forms to play along by deducing whodunit in what room, with what weapon from clues given throughout the production. If this sounds familiar, it is because Clue The Musical is based on the Parker Brothers game of CLUE. Dustin LeBlanc, Director, has brought a board game to life. Think of the show as a series of surprises – in the script, in the score, in the staging, and more. At every performance, the audience gets to choose the ending.
Clue The Musical adds two new characters to the traditional most beloved mystery suspects-Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mr. Green and Mrs. White. Mr. Boddy, the host/corpse and a hard-nosed female detective round out the cast of the musical. CLUE The Musical marks the first time that a board game has ever been brought to life on the stage. Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation through the solution and finale.
Critics have said, “CLUE has guts . . . along with its intrigue, ‘colorful suspects,’ and deadly weapons. . .” Chicago Sun Times, On Stage; “Terrific show! We had a great time!” PBS, WIIC-TV; “Effervescent fun on stage!” WBAL Radio.
The show invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem.
Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience. This colorful crowd pleaser was devised by the authors of Murder at Rutherford House and other popular interactive entertainments.
The CLUE cast includes Matt Robinson as Mr. Boddy, Roxanne Hennessy as the Detective, Eric Mansilla as Professor Plum, Ryan Boyles as Mr. Green, Ron Ross as Colonel Mustard, Stephanie Allen Via as Mrs. Peacock, Amber Zambrana as Miss Scarlett and Danny Sites as Mrs. White.
"The cast needed for a show like this has to be incredibly flexible and ready to react accordingly to any of the possible 216 outcomes," LeBlanc said. "When a suspect's card is chosen by the audience to be the murderer, he/she must be ready to take specific dialogue scripted for them under each scenario.
"The most difficult job goes to Mr. Boddy, the owner of the mansion, who also gives clues to the audience throughout the show to help them figure out who did it, what what weapon, and in what room. Mr. Boddy must be ready to change his dialogue to reflect all of these variables, making it a very difficult role to play. The selection process involved auditioners being strong triple threats who were versatile, flexible, and ready for anything!"
LeBlanc is the Artistic Director of the play with Musical Direction by Mary Butler George, and Choreography by Janel Gleason. Bethany Frymark is the Stage Manager.
"I have previously directed this production about 8 years ago as a youth summer production," LeBlanc said. "The interactive nature of the show is what makes it very fun and engaging as an audience member. Clue is a beloved board game and everyone has expectations coming into the show, so it's a lot of fun to both honor and play with those expectations through the medium of the performing arts."
This time around, the cast is made up of eight adult performers who are incredibly talented singers, dancers, and actors, LeBlanc added.
"They have a strong understanding of the characters and a great chemistry together as an ensemble," he said. "We are all very much looking forward to bringing the board game to life for Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg audiences!"
Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg strives to provide high-quality entertainment in an intimate setting to mid-state audiences, while simultaneously educating and enriching the lives of volunteer directors, performers and production staff. LTM is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.
The final production of the 2015 season is Hairspray Jr. presented by the Youth Theatre (ages 10-18). Shows are Aug. 6 - 9. Find the LTM on Facebook by clicking here.