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Lakes Area Theatre's Fire Pit Productions to premier Clue: On Stage on Friday, June 17

Whodunit, where and with what?

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The actors had to memorize lines from a 78-page script to prepare for their roles. From left, Michael Roers, Kristi Greathouse, Adam Hunter, Jessica Paulson, Ryan Rynda and Katie Jo Satterlie
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ALEXANDRIA – Lakes Area Theatre’s Fire Pit Productions will perform “Clue: On Stage,” a 90-minute farce-meets-murder mystery rendition of the 1985 movie, Clue, inspired by the Hasbro board game of the same name. The first show will premier Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m.

The story starts when six strangers arrive for a dinner party at an outlying mansion. Not long after their arrival, the mysterious host is found murdered, and each visitor becomes a potential suspect with varying motives and weapons.

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Like the game, the suspected murder weapons are a revolver, a dagger, a lead pipe, a rope, a candlestick and a wrench.
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Wadsworth the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard begin a race against time to uncover the true killer... if only they had a clue.

Based on the 1985 Paramount movie — inspired by the classic Hasbro board game — Clue: On Stage is a farce-meets-murder mystery that will leave both cult fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out who did it, where, and with what, says Executive Director of Fire Pit Productions Quincy Roers.

“We chose Clue because we felt we had the talent to perform it," said Roers. "It's a recognizable show that people will be familiar with. And in this age, with a lot of theaters switching to musicals, we could bring a classic, funny show to life that isn't a musical."

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"It's a really fun show to be in. I think it's going to be even more fun to watch. So I'd recommend coming out and giving it a try, " said Ryan Rynda of Alexandria, who plays Professor Plum.

Rynda has a resume of 25 different productions under his belt, but this is the first one with Fire Pit Productions. He got involved with Fire Pit after Michael Roers, who plays Colonel Mustard, contacted him to see if he would be interested in acting as he expressed interest in the radio shows put on by the theater. Rynda says what he enjoys most about theater is the people.

"It's fun to be a little goofy with some other folks," he said.

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The first show will be on Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m.
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Michael Roers says he prepared for his role by creating a voice, growing a beard and walking tall — "acting military."

"This great character for me," he said. "Because he's beautifully dumb."

Including the radio show, Michael estimates he has performed in over 300 productions in the last 15 years.

Quincy Roers, also a veteran of theatre, is not only the director but an actor in the show. He plays Wadsworth, the butler. Roers said trusting his instincts and his assistant director, Katy Niemeyer, is a key factor in wearing both hats.

"I can't see the exact scene as it breaks down," said Roers. "I have to continually walk out of scene to see how everyone else looks, and then jump back into the action."

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Roers says he prepared for the role of Wadsworth by studying Tim Curry who played the same character in the 1985 film.

"This isn't like the musical where it's based on the board game. This is the movie so I'm like, nobody can do better than Tim Curry."

Actors for Clue: On Stage
According to Quincy Roers, with a total cast of 14, this will be the biggest production Fire Pit has performed.
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With an audience capacity of 88, Roers says Fire Pit provides a unique and intimate setting for the 90-minute production.

However, creating different "rooms" within the limited stage space proved a puzzling problem that required a Tetris-like solution.

To solve the issue, Roers utilized areas off stage and around the audience for the action to come to life, half encompassing the spectators within the scripted world.

"The audience will feel included in the suspense and mystery," Roers said.

CAST LIST

  • Wadsworth - Quincy Roers
  • Yvette - Katy Niemeyer
  • Miss Scarlet - Kristi Greathouse
  • Mrs. Peacock - Jessica Paulson
  • Mrs. White - Katie Jo Satterlie
  • Colonel Mustard - Michael Roers
  • Professor Plum - Ryan Rynda
  • Mr. Green - Adam Hunter
  • The cook/singing telegram girl - Cherise Wales
  • The motorist - Trinessa Spanswick
  • Mr. Boddy - Jeffrey Snyder
  • The cop - Kami Schefers
  • Chief of police - Misty Hunter
  • Newscaster - Lucien Cravens

Crew

  • Director - Quincy Roers
  • Assistant director - Katy Niemeyer
  • Script and tech - Katelyn Tracy
  • Costume - Katy Niemeyer
  • Props - Trinessa Spanswick
  • Music - Kevin Lee

If you go

WHAT: Clue: On Stage
WHEN: June 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, starting at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Lakes Area Theatre, 4133 Iowa St #108, Alexandria
TICKETS: Purchased at the door.
RESERVATIONS: Email lakesareatheatre@gmail.com, message on Facebook , or call 320-815-7664.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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