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October 3, 2013

Blinn College theatre presents old-fashioned ‘whodunit’

Theatre Arts Program performs ‘Clue: The Musical!’ Oct. 10-13

The Blinn College – Brenham Theatre Arts Program is on a hunt for clues.

Someone has killed Mr. Boddy at the Boddy Manor, and with few leads and a house full of suspects, the program will open its doors at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center Oct. 10-13 in hopes that audience members can help catch the culprit in “Clue: The Musical!”

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Oct 10-12, with a Sunday matinée Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Junior high and high school performances will be held Oct. 10-11 at 1 p.m.

General admission tickets are $5 and are available through the program’s box office at 979-830-4024 or boxoffice@blinn.edu.

“Each interpretation is different, but our clever sets, costumes and special effects will keep our audiences guessing,” Theatre Director Bradley Nies said.

Long before it ever became a musical, “Clue” was a popular 1940s board game. It was then scripted for a 1985 movie before Peter DePietro, Tom Chiodo, Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Matrucci adapted it into a musical.

“It allows the audience to play the game with the characters and has alternate endings,” Nies said.
In all, the play offers 216 possible endings.

“It’s a very exciting show,” said Karen Rush, who will be performing in her fourth Blinn College production. “It’s different than any other show I’ve ever been in because it’s something people know. So we have to live up to what they know and still make it our own. It’s challenging and very exciting.”

Rush, a sophomore from Houston, plays the detective who will try and solve the who and where of Mr. Boddy’s (Cristian Mejia, Burton) murder. Is the culprit Mrs. Peacock (Sundi Lee, Grapeland) in the ballroom, Professor Plum (William O’Dell, Austin) in the study or Miss Scarlet (Jericka Gaskamp, Brenham) in the lounge? 

The rest of the cast includes Christian Daigle of Hempstead as Col. Mustard, Jacqueline Kana of Sealy as Mrs. White and Christopher Frey of Hempstead as Mr. Green. Nora Hunt (Sugarland) is stage manager, and Gabriel Arias (Hempstead) and Liesl Hardin (Deer Park) serve as assistant stage managers.

The tech crew includes Kevin Patrick, technical director; Jennifer Patrick, costume, make-up/hair designer and choreographer; Cheryl Amelang, musical director/accompanist; Dallas Gonzalez, stage audio tech; Nathaniel Guitron, head stage carp; Michelle Hallard, propsmaster; Aaron Cravens, master carpenter; Cole Matlock, sound board operator; Kye Cockerham, master electrician and board operator; Kayla Kelly, stage carp and usher; Zachary Yoke, lighting design and usher; Nathan Maler, assistant technical director; Hayley Wilder, assistant make-up designer; Corrine Booth and Colleen Dougan, costume crew.

“Clue” will be the program’s second performance of the semester following “Red” in September.

“Each night will be a new experience for our students as well as our audience,” Nies said.

Blinn’s theatre arts program offers a quality educational foundation through study, application and experience. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/finearts/theatre.html.