Typically, the biggest mystery most of us face the weekend before Thanksgiving is deciding what side dishes to prepare for the family feast. This year, however, on November 18-20, Viewpoint audiences were asked to use their detective skills to solve the mysteries behind multiple stage murders in the Upper School Conservatory of Theatre’s rollicking production of the comedy-whodunit Clue in the School’s Carlson Family Theater. The play, based on the iconic 1985 film and inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, follows six mysterious guests as they assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. As the body count rises, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, and Wadsworth, the butler, race to find the killer.
Due to overwhelming student interest in the show, two separate casts alternated performances over the weekend run, supported by a large student stage crew to execute the technical elements of the show. Each cast was unique and remarkable, performing the highly choreographed mayhem with amazing energy and skill. The Viewpoint class of 2023 was well-represented in both casts and crew, featuring actors Izzy Fowler, Avalon Gross, Emily Lawson, Mia Lazaroff, Payton Schetter, A.J. Williams, Clement Xiang, and Bella Xiao, and stage crew members Mia Allison, Kaia Goedhart, and Linus Lindon. If you missed the production, we won’t give away the mystery here, but it’s no mystery that you can see many of these same seniors, along with their talented classmates, continue their theater work next semester in the 24-Hour Student Plays, the Black Box Theater production, and the Upper School Musical. We hope to see you there!