Ohio Dominican University Panther Players Present CLUE: The Musical for Spring Performance

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2009-03-05

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s student theater group, Panther Players, will perform CLUE: The Musical on Friday, April 17 and 24 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, April 18 and 25 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, April 19 (2:00 p.m.). All shows will be preformed at Ohio Dominican’s main campus (1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219) in Erskine Hall’s Matesich Theatre. General admission for the public is $5.00 and children under 5 are admitted at no cost. Free parking is available in the visitor’s lot west of Sunbury Road.

Based on the popular board game, CLUE: The Musical brings the world's best-known mystery suspects (Mr. Green, Ms. Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, and Mrs. White) to life on the stage, and invites the audience to play along to solve a mystery. Excitement and chaos ensue when all of these favorite characters find themselves at the charismatic Mr. Boddy’s house with a motive to kill.

Sure enough, a dead "Boddy" turns up; but so does a hard-nosed detective determined to find the murderer. She’ll have to unravel the clues, only to discover a truly unpredictable twist in the end. In this rousing, fun-filled musical, the suspects sing, dance and joke their way into audience’s hearts—or into suspicion—as the they guess which one of the 216 possible endings, different every performance, is the answer to: Who did it, in what room, with what weapon?

In 1991, The Manhattan Rep Company wrote and produced the first U.S. National CLUE Tournament for Parker Brothers originating in Chicago’s Union Station and continuing aboard the American European Express from Chicago to New York. Following this event, mystery playwrights/producers Tom Chiodo and Peter DePietro began negotiations with the toy company for the worldwide stage rights to create a musical inspired by the board game.

In May of 1992, with the rights secured, book (Peter DePietro), lyrics (Tom Chiodo) and music (Galen Blum, Wayne Baker and Vinnie Martucci) were written for CLUE: The Musical. During the next two years, several workshops were produced in New York City. After the workshops and some rewrites, CLUE: The Musical was mounted for the first in 1995 at the Boston Street Theatre in Baltimore. The premiere production played to capacity houses and received superb reviews in Baltimore/Washington Press. In 1996 the first sit-down company of CLUE: The Musical opened at The Organic Theater in Chicago. A run scheduled initially for eight weeks lasted nearly one year. In February 1997, the musical was published by Samuel French Inc.

"With all the hard work being put into this show--from the actors, to the choreographers, to those designing the set--I can't imagine that CLUE will be anything but entertaining; the characters are ridiculous, the dances are high-energy, and I'm confident that it's going to make a lot of people laugh," said director Phillip Rogers.

FULL STUDENT CAST AND CREW LIST

  • Phillip Rogers (senior) Social Studies Major…..director
  • Lindsey Pruett (freshman) Communications Major ….assistant director
  • Jeremiah Guappone (junior) CIS/Business Admin Major….production manager
  • Anne Baker (junior) Art History Major ….associate production manager
  • Jonathan McKay (senior) History Major ….stage manager
  • Kevin Weaver (freshman) Undecided ….assistant stage manager
  • Sydney Spellacy (sophomore) Early Childhood Education ….choreographer
  • Belle Morse (freshman) Social Work Major ….choreographer
  • Amanda Phillips (junior) Art History Major ….costume manager
  • Katie Muhlenkamp (freshman) Chemistry Major….costume manager
  • Thomas Lewis (freshman) Criminology Major ….properties manager
  • Sarah Williams (senior) Sociology Major ….assistant properties manager
  • Barry Reinholz (junior) Theology Major ….Mr. Boddy
  • Adrienna Priest (freshman) Psychology Major….Mrs. Peacock
  • Chris Echesabal (senior) History Major ….Professor Plum
  • Christa Sena (Continuing Ed.) Middle Childhood Education …Miss Scarlet
  • Josh Watson (sophomore) Graphic Arts Major .....Mr. Green
  • John Elrich (sophomore) Criminology Major ….Colonel Mustard
  • Ginny Lubanski (sophomore) Business Major ….Mrs. White
  • Kate Clarke (freshman) Psychology Major ….Detective
  • Rachel Frye (sophomore) Early Childhood Ed. ….understudy
  • April Adams (freshman) Communications Major ….understudy