Murder riddle ‘Clue’ opens at the Marion Palace Theater

“It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler comes up with a variety of weapons, and the host is, well…dead. So polar?

That question will be answered this weekend when the Marion Palace Theater presents its production of the comedy “Clue on Stage.” The curtain rises on the murder mystery at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The “iconic oddballs” of the popular board game which was designed by British board game designer Anthony E. Pratt in 1943 and was manufactured in 1949 by British game manufacturer Waddingtons. Characters include Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard, who are in a race to uncover the identity of the murderer on the loose at Boddy Manor.

“Clue on Stage” is based on both the board game and the 1985 cult film classic, which featured an all-star cast of Eileen Brennan (Mrs. Peacock), Madeline Kahn (Mrs. White) , Christopher Lloyd (Professor Plum), Michael McKean (Mr. Green), Martin Mull (Col. Mustard) and Lesley Ann Warren (Miss Scarlet). Tim Curry played “Wadsworth”, a character developed for the film, which featured three different endings.

Mr Green (played by Cameron Williams), right, ends up with a bad taste in his mouth during rehearsal for the Marion Palace Theater production

Emily Yaksic is the production manager. The cast of “Clue” includes the following local actors:

  • Wadsworth—Michael Cochran
  • Yvette — Linnea Gerlach
  • Miss Scarlet – Morgan Schwartz
  • Mrs. Peacock – Jennifer Gonsalves
  • Mrs. White – Diane Ehrman
  • Colonel Mustard – Bruce Cudd
  • Professor Plum — Eric Mosley
  • Mr. Green – Cameron Williams
  • Mr. Boddy – Ralph Hill
  • The Cook – Amy Werling
  • The Motorist – Sharon Gale
  • The Cop – Kathy Hill
  • Chief of Police – Scott Needels
  • Telegram Girl Singer — Isabelle Combs
  • Reserve Cop – Farrah Gregg
  • Additional Agents — Isabelle Combs, Cadence Tighe, Camryn Tighe

Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online at marionpalace.org or at the box office located at 276 W. Center St. in downtown Marion. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. For more information, call the Palace Theater at 740-383-2101.

The box office will also open one hour before live events for last-minute door-to-door sales. Cash and check payments are preferred. Tickets can be billed on Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.

There is a ticketing fee of $5 per ticket when purchasing tickets online.

The Marion Palace Theater production of “Clue on Stage” is co-sponsored by Premier Bank and the Mary H. Hollaway Fund of the Marion Community Foundation.

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