Who did it, where, and with what? It was Tatnall Showcase, in the PAC, with Clue!
Tatnall got the game rolling with their production of Clue: On Stage. The company excellently captured the humor and mystery of the murderous show.
Clue: On Stage is based on the popular 1985 Paramount movie inspired by the classic Hasbro board game. The story follows a band of curious suspects on a dark and stormy night at Boddy Manor. Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, and Mr. Green gather for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host, Mr. Boddy, turns up dead, the guests follow Wadsworth, the butler, in a race to find the killer.
Graham Nourie ’23, who played Wadsworth, was captivated with considerable talent. His performance, anchored in clever acting, captured the audience’s attention. He effortlessly balanced the stateliness of a butler with the lighthearted nature of the production which displayed the skill that went into bringing his character to life. Inez Titus ’24 brilliantly embodied the infamously flirtatious Miss Scarlett. Her portrayal was a standout among the suspects with her facial expressions and coquettish remarks. While Jack Morgan ’26 demonstrated the coarseness of Mr. Boddy impeccably.
James Smyth ’25 flawlessly portrayed the comically anxious Mr. Green. Smyth captured Green’s timidity and klutz with his sharp physical comedy. Alongside him, Riley Greene ’24 as Mrs. Peacock, entertained with her witty gestures and comedic timing. Greene marvelously depicted Peacocks’ quick hysteria and neurotic commentary. Both Smyth and Greene added slapstick comedy and authentic acting to a mischievously comedic show.
Further adding to the remarkable cast, Rachel Hilferty ’23 as Yvette, expertly characterized the provocative French maid and stayed in character both in life and death. Several dedicated actors made amusing cameos that caught lots of laughs from the audience, including the ensemble of The Agents and McKenna Slutman ’26 as the Singing Telegram Girl.
Tatnall Showcase Stage Crew admirably executed the transitions between scenes; not a cue was missed. Most salient was the sound design. The music in Boddy Manor perfectly matched the backdrop of the mysterious mansion. The various sound effects elevated the scenes to lively or, rather, “deathly” heights. The set gave the vision of a grand mansion with myriad doors, hiding many secrets.
Tatnall Showcase’s Clue: On Stage was an electrifying twisted tale filled with laughter and fear alike.