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Red River High School to present 'Clue: On Stage!,' a classic comedic murder mystery

Students mount whodunit stage production based on cult film and popular board game

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In a scene from Red River High School's production of "Clue: On Stage!" are student performers: Ryan Nordhagen (from left), Anika Suriano, Jada Jensen, Ryan Polasky (standing), Kevin Chaves, Becca Bradbury and Larz Voth. The murder mystery, based on the cult film and popular board game, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 27-29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sunday, Jan. 30, in the school's Performance Hall.
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GRAND FORKS — The Red River High School theater arts department will present “Clue: On Stage!” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, in the school’s theater.

Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, “Clue: On Stage!” is a “madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist,” said Richard McFarlane, the show’s director.

The setting is a dark and stormy night and the story revolves around a “very unusual dinner party,” McFarlane said. “Each guest has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead. So whodunit?”

Theater-goers who are familiar with the popular Clue board game will recognize the iconic oddball suspects — Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard — in the murder mystery.

They’ll be drawn into the on-stage race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up, McFarlane said.

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“Clue: On Stage!” is the No. 1 produced show in American high schools, “and for good reason,” McFarlane said. It can be produced with either an elaborate or a simple set. There’s a one-act version and a full-length show, which the Red River High School theater arts department will present.

“It’s fast-paced, has fun characters and jokes, and has many nods to the cult film,” he said.

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The murder suspects in Red River High School's production of "Clue: On Stage!," rehearsing a scene from the show, are: Becca Bradbury (from left), Kevin Chaves, Anika Suriano, Jada Jensen, Ryan Nordhagen and Larz Voth.
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Cast members are: Ryan Polasky, Claudia Dunnick, Becca Bradbury, Jada Jensen, Anika Suriano, Larz Voth, Ryan Nordhagen, Kevin Chaves, Tatum Mosley, Brooke Donacki, Halle Wavra, Ashley Berger, Cooper Miller, Nick Bouvette, Mikko Angelo Villas and Jaedon Brassy.

Assistant director is Alex Hovey and student directors are Ashley Berger, Emmalyn Danielson and Halle Wavra.

Crew members are: Eliza Dodds, Hannah Holte, Quinn Jenkins, Joy Onyeka, Sadie Page, Hailee Cearley, Reagan Gaukler, Madison Hess, Ginny Hutton, Melanie Kayl, Alexis Massey, Meredith McCarthy, Ishmerika Sanyashi, Jake Geffre, Jack Parrish, Izzy Clough, Cosette Clement, Zoe Kempenich, Meghan Byrd, Houston Gonzalez, Brian Rains, Allison Peterson and Emmalyn Danielson.

Tickets, $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, are available online at www.spacompany.org or by calling 701-746-2411.

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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