‘Clue: On Stage’ kicks off at MLT Friday | New
Multi-colored players of a popular board game come to life in Muskogee Little Theater’s production, “Clue: On Stage.”
The production will take place from Friday to Sunday and from October 14 to 16.
Director Tommy Cummings has said audiences can expect to see a lot of comedy as players seek to solve a murder and avoid blackmail.
“That’s what we’re here for, laughs,” Cummings said. “Come here for a parody of a typical murder mystery.”
The game is based on the 1985 film, which was based on the classic board game.
Cummings has stated that some of the cast in “Clue: On Stage” are similar to those in the film while others are very different.
“The ones that come closest to the film, we have continued to stay there,” he said. “Those who diversify a bit, the actors themselves, have created an entirely different character depending on the situation and the circumstances.”
Lucia McFarland plays Mrs. Peacock, the Blue Room.
“We’re going with a different rotation with Ms. Peacock,” McFarland said. “She’s very self-absorbed. We’re also making the choice to bring her over from Brooklyn, so she has a bit of that nerve – Fran Drescher meets Lucille Ball – with elements of the classic Mrs. Peacock too.”
She said the classic Mrs. Peacock is “very bald, neurotic, witty. She is very prone to anxiety.”
“Clue” marks McFarland’s first appearance in Muskogee. The Tulsa resident has performed at the Tulsa Theater, the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, among others.
McFarland said she had friends in recent MLT productions of “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Elf, the Musical”.
“And I was very impressed with the productions,” she said. “They told me they had a great time participating in the productions, so I thought I would check it out.”
She said her experience confirmed theirs.
“We had a lot of fun,” she said. “We had a lot of laughs throughout the process. It was one of the funniest shows.”
MLT veteran Tawny Moore wears black for Ms. White.
“She’s a very dark-haired woman,” Moore said. “She’s your type of black widow.”
Matt Madewell said his character Colonel Mustard “thinks he’s better than he really is. He’s a swagger.”
Madewell said finding the right comedic timing was her biggest challenge.
“Feeding off other people on stage, we are all fantastic,” he said. “They are all seasoned vets.
The other actors in this mystery are Jessica Holloway as Miss Scarlet, Seth Arnold as Professor Plum, and Nicholas Winterrowd as Mr. Green.
Another challenge about “Clue: On Stage” was to create a setting as detailed as the board game, which poses deadly situations in different rooms, Cummings said.
“With that kind of space, it was very difficult to find the six different rooms,” he said. “With the set, we’ve tried to make a really neat set that has to do with the hunt, the game. Kind of a fun spin on what you think.”
If you are going to
WHAT: “Hint: on stage”.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. October 14; 8 p.m. on October 15 and 16.
O: Muskogee Little Theater, 311 S. Third St.
ADMISSION: $ 15 adults, $ 12 students. Available online at https://www.muskogeelittleheatre.com/
WADSWORTH: Steven Lambie
YVETTE: Chiara Miller
MISS SCARLET: Jessica Holloway
MRS. PEACOCK: Lucia McFarland
MRS. WHITE: fawn moore
COLONEL MUSTARD: Matt Madewell
PLUM PROFESSOR: Seth Arnold
SIR. GREEN: Nicholas Winterrowd
THE COOK: Nancy Hernandez-Montes
SINGING TELEGRAM GIRLS: Jamie Shanks, Lyndsay Hargrove
SIR. BODY: John Lindsay
THE MOTORIST: Jimmy Finnerty
CHIEF OF POLICE: Aaron Willyard
THE “BROKEN CAR” COP: Robbie Anderson
EMERGENCY COOP: Joe Orcutt, Mike Carrels, Aundre Hughes