The murder mystery-comedy “Clue” – adopted from a board game to a movie in 1985, and now into a play – will come to life on stage at the Rye Neck High School Performing Arts Center from Oct. 26-27. Having acquired the rights to it, Rye Neck will be the first high school in the country to perform the play.
“The show features a wonderful cast and crew of Rye Neck students,” theater director Scott Harris said. “It’s a wonderful exercise for the students to hone both their comedic timing and their ability to convey mood and fear. We have a lot of new actors in the cast this year, so they’re getting a crash course in handling this kind of challenging, fun material.”
In “Clue,” which is based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, a group of strangers has been summoned to a mysterious mansion where a certain Mr. Boddy is threatening to reveal their darkest secrets. But when Mr. Boddy ends up dead, the race is on to figure out who killed him, in which room and with what weapon.
“This hilarious murder mystery-comedy will leave you guessing and laughing all along,” said Harris, who grew up as a huge fan of the original film and admittedly could recite much of the dialogue by heart. “When I became a theater teacher, I always thought ‘Clue’ would make a great play, but there wasn’t an adaptation of the film available. I was patient, and eventually they got around to creating it [last year]. I jumped on it the second it was announced, and I am proud to be presenting the nationwide high school premiere of this new stage adaptation of one of my favorite movies.”
Rye Neck’s production features a beautiful mansion set and a great crew of students, who have been diligently working on the costumes, artwork, hair and makeup. Head of costumes is senior Olivia Allison, while senior Risa Liebmann is stage manager. Sophomore Ethan Chin, one of the assistant stage managers, has been instrumental in working the stage lighting and sound.
“These shows exist because of the passion and interest of students who give up hours and hours of their free time to work on this huge project,” Harris said. “I love doing it because it gives so many students a chance to be part of a project where their own particular talents can take root and blossom.”
Performances are on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rye Neck High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. They will be available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information and a list of the cast, visit www.tinyurl.com/RNClue