‘Clue’ Play Comes to Life at David Douglas High Theater « East PDX News

WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | Find out why the audience laughs heartily, while sitting on the edge of their seats, during this action-packed spectacle – which will take place over the next two weekends in East Portland…

During a dress rehearsal for “Clue: On Stage,” at the David Douglas High School Horner Performing Arts Center in the Hazelwood neighborhood, pandemonium sets in as the suspects blame each other.

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imagine this: One dark and stormy night, you accepted an invitation to a very atypical dinner. All the other guests, you gradually learn, have a pseudonym and an alibi. They will need it, because the host is – how to say delicate? – deceased!

This is the story that unfolded on stage at the David Douglas High School (DDHS) Horner Performing Arts Center on opening night, Thursday, March 10, as the cast and crew of their department theater presented the comedy murder mystery “Hint: on stage”.

That light-hearted look at murder – Hint: on stage – continues until March 20. See below for dates and times, which include two Family Matinee shows.

Based on a movie and a game
This play was adapted from the 1985 Paramount Pictures film “CLUE”, written by Jonathan Lynn, which was inspired by the characters and actions involved in the board game “CLUE”.®“, manufactured by Hasbro, Inc.

However, the game was first manufactured by Waddingtons in the UK in 1949, under the title “Cluedo”.

Watch this video and you will understand why
each of these murder suspects claims
they are innocent of having killed Mr. Boddy:


About the story
Like all murder mysteries, it’s simple. Guests at a dinner party in the remote Boddy Mansion are served by Wadsworththe stuck butler, and Yvette, the French maid, who turns out to have her own secret aspirations. However, when Mr. Boddy is found dead, all the guests are suspects.

These guests include:

  • miss Scarlet, a sardonic escort service manager whose real interest is in secrets.
  • Mrs. peacock, the crazy, neurotic and observant wife of a senator, who quickly descends into hysteria.
  • Mrs. Whitea morbid and tragic woman who may or may not be the killer of one or all of her five ex-husbands.
  • Colonel Mustard, an arrogant and stupid soldier.
  • Professor Pluma Casanova scholar who woos women with his intellect.
  • Sir. Greenwho coyly insists on following the rules in her clumsy way.

Leading the cast in a scene, here is DDHS acting instructor David Rosenbaum.

asked why Index was chosen as the winter show, DDHS Drama Instructor David Rosenbaum was quick to respond, “With everything we’ve all been through as a community, it seemed like we could all use a fun, high energy show – and Index is just that.

“The ‘oversized’ characters, classic comedy and suspense behind the murder mystery, make Index the kind of fun and engaging show that many of us are looking for right now,” Rosenbaum said. East Portland News.

Why is Wadsworth, the butler, staring deeply at the hardwood floor of the Body Manor? Could he be trying to avoid suspicion? Or, try to allow some of the “suspects” to escape?

Each performance features a cast of ten student actors. Because this is an “ensemble show”, there are no main characters. Each of the characters has their time in the spotlight, as the actors bring them to life.

The sets, lighting design, sound and costumes for the show were all created by some 55 students from Stagecraft’s classes. More than a dozen student stage technicians perform all technical elements during performances.

Index is a hilarious piece that continues to be funny no matter how many times we repeat it,” Rosenbaum observed. “The culture of mutual support, fun and dedication that these student actors have created – after being separated from each other for so long, due to the COVID pandemic – has been rejuvenating and wonderful, and I feel lucky. to be part of it!”

As COVID requirements change, it looks like the cast will be performing without a mask. “But, all of our actors will be at least 20 feet from the nearest viewer,” Rosenbaum promised.

“Who accuses whom? shout these guests one after the other.

So, who committed this appalling crime, with what and where?

Was it Professor Plum, with a rope, in the office?

Could it have been Mrs. White, with a lead pipe, in the pantry?

Could it be Yvette, with a dagger, in the basement?

In the comedic chaos that swirls among the characters throughout the evening, audience members are kept guessing, who did that ? See it for yourself! Will see “Hint: on stage» until November 20th.

Each time law officers arrive, a different character voices their alibi and pandemonium erupts anew..

An advice: Since this play is a “murder mystery,” in the vein of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap”—as well as subsequent parodies including “The Real Inspector Hound” and “Sleuth”—this show is about characters resolving a murder.

These days when so many people are so easily offended, so oftenkeep in mind that during Hint: on stage is considered a “black comedy”, it does not advocate violence.

And, DDHS Thespians present the “High School Edition” – specifically adapted and designed by the playwrights to suit a family audience.

This cast of Hint: on stage takes a well-deserved encore at the end of a performance.

From March 11 to March 20, see Hint: on stage
The curtain goes up for the evening performances at 7:30 p.m. as Hint: on stage continues to play on March 11 and 12; and continue the evenings of March 17, 18 and 19.

And, there are Family Matinee specials on March 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $14 Adults | $10 Students. To make reservations online, CLICK HERE to take to their ticketing site. All shows are held at the Howard Horner Performing Arts Center, located at 1400 SE 130th Avenue (between SE Stark and Division Streets).

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