Bainbridge High School Theater Club has set the stage for Clue, a farce-meets-murder mystery based on the legendary game and 1985 Paramount movie.
The story begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests are summoned for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. But, when the lights go out and their host ends up dead, they all become suspects.
Led by Wadsworth – the butler, the cast of clueless suspects include; Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard, who race around the mansion in search of the killer before they are added to the body count.
This funny whodunit had the audience laughing and asking themselves, “Who did it? Where? And with which weapon?”
Director D’Arcy Clements’ casting choices showcase the talents of student actors.
Camden Diercks portrays the butler who summons the guests to dinner and must deal with a sickly cook played by Ben Van Patten who has a penchant for waving his knives about menacingly. Mrs. White is mysterious and given to hysterics, cleverly played by Rel Eerkes, Tucker Myrick gives a lively performance as Mr. Green, Dane Bowman rages as the Chief of Police, Fiona Biggs is Colonel Mustard, a crotchety old curmudgeon, and Aiyanna Clark gives Miss Scarlett just enough sass and sarcasm to keep the situation interesting.
Van Patten, a senior, didn’t start acting until his junior year because he was “scared of high school” as a freshman and sophomore. “I joined marching band and theater, and it’s genuinely been the best experience of my life. My biggest regret is not doing it earlier.”
BHS senior Myrick said that after the COVID pandemic theater “had a big impact on his life. I’ve had a good time. It’s a good group of people, and it’s a very positive atmosphere.”
Myrick said there’s something magical about performing in front of an audience. “There’s no greater satisfaction than getting that feedback from the audience. I met a lot of people through this and made a lot of friends.”