Nearly everyone has played the classic board game Clue at least once and Hollywood brought the classic whodunit to the big screen in 1985. Now, director Richard Walter will be bringing the play to Jamestown at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre starting Friday, March 13.
“It’s a really great play and we got some amazing people working on it,” Walter said. “I think the play’s funnier (than the movie) and there’s more you can do with it. The play is very technical; every set piece is on wheels so it can be moved very quickly.”
The play stars Kipp Reynolds as Wadsworth, John Pickett as Colonel Mustard, Rosanna Papalia as Mrs. White, Zander Chase as Mr. Green, Chloe Kilmartin as Mrs. Peacock, Alex Rodriguez as Professor Plum, Heidi Frame as Miss Scarlet and Sharee Dominick as Yvette. Giovanna Accordino and Michael Correy play ensemble parts with Matt Smith as an understudy for the play.
“Clue is one of the more difficult plays I’ve done,” Walter said. “There’s a lot of lighting, a lot of sound and a lot of fast paced humor. There’s a lot of behind the scenes work as well.”
Clue is an ensemble play with no one main character. For about three quarters of the play, nearly every character is on the stage at the same time. Along with being a murder mystery, the play is exceptionally funny. Six strangers arrive at the mansion of a mysterious man who is blackmailing them. When the lights go out, the blackmailer is murdered and everyone has to figure out who the killer is before the police show up and the killer strikes again.
“I was an actor when I lived in the United Kingdom,” Walter said when explaining why he went into directing. “When I moved here, I couldn’t lose my British accent and I didn’t want to be cast in the same role over and over. I started out in the Little Theatre as an assistant director and I had a chance to direct and I enjoyed it very much.”
He stated over thirty people auditioned for the play, which he was grateful for since that left him with a long list of talented actors to choose from.
“I’ve really enjoyed seeing the actors build relationships with each other,” he said. “They’re all on stage for most of the play so they really get to know each other. That’s what I enjoy. It’s about building teams and families for a show.”
The movie has three different endings but for the stage show, the director is sticking to one ending, though he won’t give away what the ending is. He states that it’s slightly different than any of the movie endings and thinks it will “leave the audience satisfied.”
The show starts on the 13th and 14th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. The play will also run the weekend after that at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. on the 22nd.
Tickets are available online at lucilleballlittletheatre.org or at the door.