The Pirates’ Theater Troupe of Proviso East High School performed Clue: On Stage on Nov. 14, 15 and 16.
The romping whodunnit is based on a script by Jonathan Lynn, which brings to life the classic board game Clue. In the play, an anonymous host invites six guests to a dinner party, at which they are given aliases: Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Ms. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum and Miss Scarlet. Soon it becomes evident that they have all been victims of the same blackmailer, their host. But when that host turns up dead, the dinner party devolves into accusations, suspicions and more murders.
This was the third performance in a play at Proviso East for Kevyn Tapia, and he was excited to be part of the production in the leading role of Wadsworth, a traditional and uptight British butler.
Director JoDonna Gautschy was impressed with how much Tapia learned and grew as an actor.
“Kevyn had many lines to memorize and learned to do a British accent. He grew as an actor. Beyond that he has a natural way of adding comedy to any line without much effort. Literally, he could read the phone book and I would laugh.”
Saffron Hurt, who played the part of Ms. Green, has been acting since eighth grade and said she was thrilled to be part of the play because she’s known since her first time on stage that acting is important to her.
Jamie Guillen, who played the part of the maid Yvette and was previously a cast member in Proviso East’s production of Beauty and the Beast, was thrilled to have her first leading role in a play.
Gautschy was thrilled with the entire play. “The students did a phenomenal performance,” she said. “It was a treat to see how they interacted with each other as well as the audience during live theater.”
Other student cast and crew members included students Dulce Estrada as Ms. Peacock, Olivia Haynes as Miss Scarlet, Janaree Taylor as Colonel Mustard, Gianna Mainsah as Professor Plum, Aamir Robinson as the stage manager, Abby Arroyo as Mrs. White, Evelyn Garcia as the motorist, KaiIsis Brown as the cook, Naomi Cage as back stage crew, Josiah Brown as Mr. Boddy, and John Mata as the police officer.