Here’s a Fresh Set of “Clue” for Those Who Like a Brisk Whodunit

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 2:30 pm
By: 
Ann Nichols

Zoe Aho plays Mrs. White in the East Lansing High School production of "Clue," which runs Thursday through Sunday. (Photos by Raymond Holt)

Who killed Dr. Boddy at Boddy Manor on a dark and stormy night? Was it Colonel Mustard, in the ballroom, with a rope? Find out the answer at this year’s East Lansing High School production of “Clue,” opening Thursday, November 21.

ELHS senior Zoe Aho is a veteran thespian; her role as Mrs. White is the sixth show in her high school career. Planning to pursue a career in cosmetology after graduation, Aho is in the cosmetology program at The Wilson Talent Center, offered through the Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD), a two-year program that requires students to put in hours of training after school and on weekends in addition to attending half a day of traditional high school classes five days a week.

Aho actually started acting as a child at The Peoples Church. At Peoples Aho did everything from participating in the annual Christmas play to singing solo at the Church’s talent show. She describes Clue as “a wonderful comedy” with lots of movement to keep the audience interested, and loves the quirkiness of her character Mrs. White, who is “hilariously dramatic.”

Junior Emma Stroupe plays Mrs. Peacock, and, like Aho, comes to her role after years of performing experience. She dances with Elements Dance, a division of Greater Lansing Ballet, and has participated as both cast and crew in several productions with East Lansing’s All-of-Us Express Children’s Theater. At ELHS she has been cast in six shows, and is the founder and President of the school’s Drama Club. She loves theater because “it’s truly a home … probably one of the safest, most accepting communities at the high school, and also just a load of fun.”

Members of the production crew (from left): Hunter Hambleton, Piper Dufner and Harriet Carr.

Stroupe plays Mrs. Peacock, who she describes as “the most put together of anyone” at the beginning of the play, but “throughout the show she unravels, revealing a hysterical and over-dramatic woman whose self-confidence is a sham.” She adds that comedic acting is harder than it seems, particularly in a show as fast-paced and complicated as “Clue,” so it’s been challenging to develop Mrs. Peacock as a character both exaggerated and believable for the audience.

The show is directed by ELHS staffer Adam Wolsey with the assistance of Kathy Kowalski (“K Wal,” to the cast”) who is also in charge of costumes, hair and makeup. Both Aho and Stroupe agree that the show is family friendly. It’s an hour-and-a-half in length with no intermission, and Stroupe says it’s “fast-paced” and has nothing too scary for children. According to Aho, the set, designed by Marlon Torres, “looks amazing” and she hopes theater-goers will admire it. Part of the mystery, according to her, is “how they did it in such a short amount of time.”

Performances of “Clue” are offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. All shows will be at the East Lansing High School Auditorium, 509 Burcham Drive. Tickets ($5) will be available at the door, for purchase by cash or check only.

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Director Adam Wolsey watches intently during a rehearsal earlier this week.

 

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