Chico Theater Company opens a theatrical mystery, “Clue On Stage”, on October 1st which will run until October 24th. The audience will be puzzled, cautious and howling with laughter. “Clue On Stage” is a 1985 American crime film by Jonathan Lynn based on a board game of the same name.
Directed by David Bristow, assisted by Randy Ross and produced by Marc Edson, this Chico Theater Company Murder Mystery is a family comedy that will entertain audiences of all ages. It is best for teenagers and the elderly.
“I am so excited to have been chosen to direct ‘Clue On Stage’,” said director Bristow. “Blessed with a talented ensemble cast, I had so much fun watching it all come together. The script is unique because it is adapted directly from the script of the film. All the same colorful characters and a few new ones too. Located in the spooky Boddy Manor, guests are summoned to a mysterious dinner party and the game is on. He’s hilarious, quick, and redefines the word “whodunit”.
The “Clue On Stage” storyline centers around murders committed by unusual suspects. It covers the arguments about bondage to pay off debts, clashes over missing funds, love triangles, dating, seductions and murders.
The play is set in 1954 in a remote New England mansion where six strangers are invited. They are greeted by Wadsworth the Butler (Denver Nash) and Yvette the Maid (Sierra Lawler).
Each guest receives a pseudonym: Colonel Mustard (Bill Harrington), Ms. White (Jennifer Horn), Ms. Peacock (Christi Harrington), Mr. Green (Justin McDavitt), Professor Plum (Nick Reiner) and Miss Scarlet (Kasandra Partain). Another guest, Mr. Boddy (Justin Daugherty), arrives and Wadsworth reveals that he has blackmailed the others.
Threatening to expose the guests if he is arrested, Mr. Boddy gives them each a gun, demanding someone kill Wadsworth, and he turns off the lights. A gunshot rings out and the lights come on to reveal Mr. Boddy’s death.
The cook (JJ Hunt) is found dead, stabbed by a dagger. A stranded motorist arrives (Julia Thompson) and is locked in the living room. Next, a police officer (Gerald Thompson) arrives, investigates the motorist’s abandoned car, and uses the phone. A singing Telegram Girl (Chloe Robinson) adds to the confusion.
How does it all happen? The audience is encouraged to attend “Clue On Stage” and try to decide the outcome.
Tickets for this non-musical comedy cost $ 20 for adults, $ 18 for seniors and $ 16 for youth. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Chico Theater Company Box Office at 894-3282 or visit www.chichtheater.com.