Farce-meets-murder mystery, Nov. 12-14 at Lynden High School's Judson Auditorium

LYNDEN — In 1943, a British board game designer named Anthony E. Pratt created Cluedo. Known at the time as the great new detective game, Cluedo was inspired in part by Agatha Christie’s fictional detective who-dunnits.

Known in North America as Clue, an ensemble cast that includes Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren starred in the 1985 film based on the game.

Nov. 12-14, Lynden High School’s Performing Arts department will perform Clue: The High School Edition, at Judson Auditorium, 516 Main St.

Tina Miller, theater director for both Lynden middle and high schools, describes Clue as “fast paced with tongue and cheek humor.” But also, it’s “family safe.”

“I like this show because it plays on something familiar (the board game) that is older and many of us grew up playing,” Miller said. “But the movie and play brought it to the attention of a new generation. The play is very funny, almost in a Mel Brooks style of comedy.”

Clue is a farce-meets-murder mystery that begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party. On the menu: blackmail and murder when their host turns up dead. Everyone’s a suspect.

Led by Wadsworth (the butler), Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up.

Clue is a comedic whodunit geared to leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out who did it, where they did it, and with what was it done?

Clue stars Andrew Martin as Wadsworth, Ivy Bento as Yvette the maid, Rebecca Silva as Mrs. Peacock, Darla Taylor as Miss Scarlet, Zeke Falcone as Col. Mustard, Cody Wallace as Professor Plum, Joshua Petty as Mr. Green, and Mia Ward as Mrs. White, as well as a variety of police officers, motorists, singing and dancing telegram girls, a cook, and spooks.

Miller said she chose CLUE as the drama team’s first play of the year because it is a “different form of staging than we have done before.”

“It involves moving from room to room in a fast pace, with limited sets, moving doors and the spooks who will be living set pieces helping us to create and move to rooms quickly,” she said. “They might be up to a little trouble making as well.”

Miller explained that CLUE allowed the drama team to be “very minimal with our sets and will have four large doors moving around on the stage.”

“We are always looking for a new challenge and this show is meeting that challenge,” Miller said. “We have a top-notch crew who will be making the scene changes run smooth and some talented artist that are creating the single backdrop for the show.” 

Lynden High School Performing Arts troupe will offer three performances of Clue: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13;  and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.

Tickets will be available only at the door, which will open one hour before show times, Miller said. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and older) and for students (grades K-12).

In accordance with the CDC and local health authority, Lynden High School Performing Arts asks everyone who enters the theatre to mask up regardless of vaccination status.

“We are practicing social distancing on and off the stage as well as wearing masks,” Miller said. “We are following the guidelines (which keep changing) and as of 10-29 some students will be available to be on stage for performances without masks. They will always have masks on when not on stage, and we have purchased special see-through stage approved for stage safety masks for students if they choose to have masks on stage.”

Students will also be given the choice to wear their own masks.  

CLUE: The Cast

Wadsworth the butler, by Andrew Martin, senior

Andrew “has been with our program for four years. This is his first comical role, and he is doing great.”

Yvette the maid, by Ivy Bento, senior

Ivy “has been with our program for three years and has brought amazing energy to her character.”

Mrs. Peacock, by Rebecca Silva, senior

Rebecca “has been a part of our drama program for seven years, beginning with our middle school program in sixth grade. She has played a variety of roles and is very versatile in her ability to play any character given to her.”

Professor Plum, by Cody Wallace, senior

Cody “has been with our program seven, also beginning in middle school. He has also played a variety of roles and has a knack for comedic timing.”

Miss Scarlet, by Darla Taylor, junior

Darla “has been with us for two years and has a strong acting ability. She makes every character she plays seem very natural.”

Mr. Green, by Joshua Petty, sophomore

Joshua “is joining us for his second play with us. Josh is made for the stage and can take a character, develop it, and make it grow beyond expectations.”

Col. Mustard, by Zeke Falcone, senior

Zeke “has been with us for four years. Zeke is the master of accents and can create bold characters.”

Mrs. White, by Mia Ward, senior

Mia “has been with us since middle school as well. Mia has an amazing ability to create facial expressions so believable that you forget she is acting.”