Clue: The Musical

Comedy in the cards in Black Swamp Players’ ‘Clue: The Musical’

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Black Swamp Players has survived. With “Clue: The Musical” the Players start their 51st season, something that seemed in doubt earlier this year. What better way to start that season than killing a character off. And there’s never been a more congenial corpse than Mr. Boddy (Heath Diehl). He serves as master of ceremonies to his own murder, and even after he ends up dead at the end of the first act, he can’t help but return to join the chorus line. Silly? You betcha. And in the spirit of a musical based on a board game, the audience gets to play along. “Clue: The Musical” opens tonight (Friday, Nov. 9) at 7:30 p.m. and continues with shows this and next weekend at first United Methodist Church. Click for showtimes and details. Audience members get game cards and a pencil with their programs.  The goal is to guess who killed Mr. Boddy, where and with what weapon. The solution differs at every show.  At the start Mr. Boddy along with Prop Runner (Katie Partlow) takes a jaunt into the audience to have them select game cards determining each of those elements. The chosen cards are placed in an envelope on stage to await the  big reveal at the end. Then we get to meet the suspects. This being a play, just cardboard cut-out characters won’t do. No, these familiar figures emerge from the box in full two-dimensional glory, and not atallinclined to play by the rules. They are caricatures of the stock characters in murder mysteries. Mrs. Peacock (Karla Richardson) is the much married rich widow with a trail of husbands, all dead under mysterious circumstances. Colonel Mustard (Andrew Varney) is an old lover, who has survived. He was married to Boddy’s mother and lays claim to ownership of the mansion and the scene of the crime. Miss Scarlet (Annelise Mason) is a small time Vegas entertainer, who at one point gave Boddy an encore in his hotel room. Professor Plum (Matt Crawford) is a pretentious intellectual who is writing a book with Boddy and has been on the losing end of some business dealings with him. Mr. Green (Garett Hummel) has also had shady business dealings with Boddy, though he’s been more successful at it. And Mrs. White (Monica Hiris) is the much put-upon domestic, literally the chief cook and bottle washer and suspect. Boddy bailed out her stepson from major trouble with the law, and so she is resentfully in his debt. Such a richness of motives! The detective, a hard-boiled cutie, played by Mac Ramsey comes on in the second act to sort it all out, though the suspects sing “She Hasn’t Got a Clue.” All this is played for laughs. The songs are a pastiche, and nothing really audience members will come away humming. ItThe cast, accompanied by pianist Anna Chowattanakul, gives the tunes their due with Mason showing off a voice that merits being heard in another context. The pianist actually deserves billing with the cast, given her placement on the stage and occasional interactions with Mr. Boddy. The action at times spills off the thrust stage further pulling the audience into the show. The audience at the dress rehearsal was busy at intermission trying to sort out the clues. The Players’ fans will be left thankful that the troupe, like Mr. Boddy, has risen again to join the chorus. 


Black Swamp Players announce cast for opening show, “Clue: The Musical”

From BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS The Black Swamp Players has announced the cast for its first production of the 2018-2019 season, “Clue: The Musical.” The cast includes: Heath A. Diehl (Mr. Boddy); Mac Ramsey (Detective); Bethany Mahl (Mrs. White); Andrew Varney (Colonel Mustard); Karla Richardson (Mrs. Peacock); Annelise Mason (Miss Scarlet); Garrett Hummel (Mr. Green); Matt Crawford (Mr. Plum); and Monica Hiris (Side-kick Character). Based on the 1949 board game of the same name, “Clue: The Musical” is an interactive theater experience that invites audience participation. Like the board game, “Clue: The Musical” concerns the murder of Mr. Boddy and features all of the colorful characters made famous by Parker Brothers, including Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, and Mrs. White. But the musical also allows audience members to randomly select cards that will determine which suspect committed the murder, which weapon was used, and where the murder took place. The show has 216 possible endings. The production will be directed by Melissa Shaffer. “Clue: The Musical” will open on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m Additional performance dates include: Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m; Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m; Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m Both Saturday evening performances will be preceded by a dinner, beginning at 6 p.m., that will benefit the First United Methodist Church. Tickets for the Friday and Sunday performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. Tickets for the Saturday “Dinner and a Show” performances are $25/person and must be purchased one week or more prior to the show. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website. “Clue: The Musical” is the first of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. “Clue” will be followed by a production of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Tony-Award-winning musical, “The Music Man,” which will be performed at the First United Methodist Church on February 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30 P.M. and February 17 and 24 at 2:00 P.M. The Players will close their 51st season with the world premiere of an original play by local F. Scott Regan, titled “Peanuts and Crackerjacks.” Regan’s play will be performed in April-May 2019. Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.


Black Swamp Players casting ‘Clue: The Musical’

From BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS The Black Swamp Players will hold auditions for its fifty-first season opener, “Clue: The Musical,”  during the week of August 12. Open auditions for the production will be held on the following dates: Sunday, August 12 from 3-5 p.m.; Tuesday, August 14 from 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday August 18 from 10 AM – noon. The script calls for a cast of five men and three women of various ages. All auditions will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Those who want to audition should prepare a two-minute song excerpt and should expect to cold read from the script. Based on the 1949 board game of the same name, “Clue: The Musical” is an interactive theater experience that invites audience participation. Like the board game,”Clue: The Musical” concerns the murder of Mr. Boddy and features all of the colorful characters made famous by Parker Brothers, including Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, and Mrs. White. But the musical also allows audience members to randomly select cards that will determine which suspect committed the murder, which weapon was used, and where the murder took place. The show has 216 possible endings. The production will be directed by Melissa Shaffer. “Clue: The Musical” will open on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, November 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Both Saturday evening performances will be preceded by a dinner, beginning at 6 p.m., that will benefit the First United Methodist Church. Tickets for the Friday and Sunday performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. Tickets for the Saturday “Dinner and a Show” performances are $25/person and must be purchased one week or more prior to the show. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website. “Clue: The Musical” is the first of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. “Clue” will be followed by a production of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Tony-Award-winning musical, “The Music Man,” which will be performed at the First United Methodist Church in February 2019. Auditions for “The Music Man” will be held in November. The Players will close their 51st season with the world premiere of an original play by local F. Scott Regan, titled “Peanuts and Crackerjacks.” Regan’s play will be performed in April/May 2019.   Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theater in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theater to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.