Fall play was big hit, with hilarious performances up and down the cast list
by Louis Hoglund, Managing Editor
A theater critic I am not, but for what it is worth: The Pelican Rapids High School production of “Clue” was a big hit.
The script was hilarious, the students did a marvelous job, audience reaction was great–and attendance was above average for all three shows.
High school productions, especially in a smaller school district, can be a challenge. Let’s face it, the “talent pool” can be somewhat limited, simply by virtue of smaller enrollment and the time demands on students in sports and other extra curricular activities. It is not uncommon to stage a show with a few strong performers in key roles; but the rest of the cast “average” as far as their stage presence. Not a criticism–just a fact of life at a smaller school.
What was impressive with “Clue” were the great comic performances by basically everybody!
Most of us know the board game, with Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, Professor Plum and Miss Scarlet. In this stage adaptation, each of these characters have a distinct, comic role in the story. Plus, the script included key characters Kirby Nelson’s Wadsworth and Moira Fitzsimmons’ Yvette. Each of these lead players need to deliver to make the stage presentation work.
To have strong performances from all ten of the key characters–not to mention the smaller, bit parts–is somewhat uncommon, from what I’ve observed in high school and community theater over the years.
So, that’s my “theater review.” And I’ll also note, if you missed the show this year–watch for the school play next fall. There’s plenty of talent coming up in the Pelican Rapids High School ranks.
We’re re-printing the cast list here, to give all of the students credit for a job well done.
Clue (High School Edition)
In Order of Appearance
Wadsworth- Kirby Nelson
Yvette- Moira Fitzsimmons
Cook- Anna Kunz
Colonel Mustard- Spencer Okke
Mrs. White- Katlyn Haugrud
Mrs. Peacock- Gretta Nordgren
Mr. Green- Chris Hovden
Professor Plum- Julian Diaz
Miss Scarlet- Rachael Guler
Mrs. Boddy- Petra Black
Motorist- Chase Restad
The Cop- Riley Berg
Dark Figure- Eli Valdovines
Singing Telegram Girl- Amy Villagomez
FBI Agents- Logan Petznick, Brady Petznick, and David Johnston
Reporter- Kayla Richardson
Camera Operator- Clair Schleske
Technical Crew List
Stage Manager- Marlee Smith
Stagehand- Hannah Motz and Emma Rotz
Sound- Noah Ballard
Sound Effects- Mason Blahut
Lights- Gage Stromberg and Eli Valdovines
Set construction, painting and props
Chris Hovden, Moira Fitzsimmons, Rachael Guler, Kirby Nelson, Spencer Okke, Katlyn Haugrud, Gretta Nordgren, Petra Black, Amy Villagomez, Clair Schleske, Hannah Motz, Emma Rotz, Mason Blahut, Gage Stromberg, Ilene Trittin-Anderson, Donald Anderson and Megan Okke
Costumes: Dawn Lysaker