Two Harbors High School students are preparing for murder, mystery and hilarity with the spring production of "Clue." Performances, based on the Parker Brothers' sleuthing game, begin at 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, in the high school auditorium.
The performance is the first for the newly formed Two Harbors High School Theater Program.
Director Keith Hursey said the idea to do a spring show came from a couple of seniors who wanted a "last hurrah" on the stage before graduating.
"They wanted to start up a theater extracurricular since we've only had one-act plays for a long time," Hursey said. "It's very student-led. They came and asked for supervision and help getting it going, but overall, it's the students."
When the students came to Hursey, they already had the dark comedy in mind. Hursey suggested an alternate, less production-heavy play.
"I thought it would be good to start simple with a play about bedtime stories as told by a father," Hursey said. "That idea got shot down pretty quickly. So we went to the student body and asked them to vote at a pep fest. 'Clue' won by a long shot."
The play is similar to the film in that the characters all go by their aliases, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard and so on. The unusual characters are all invited to a dinner party that goes wrong from the start. Suspicions arise and accusations are made, but will they ever figure out who killed Mr. Boddy? Was it Miss Scarlet in the conservatory with the candlestick?
Junior Sky Ronstad said she was excited to take on the role of Miss Scarlet because the character is "witty and seductive."
"She's just so much fun to play because she's so fast-paced," Ronstad said.
Senior Sam Knight plays the energetic butler Wadsworth. It's his first time on stage, although he played in the orchestra for the Lake Superior Community Theater production of "West Side Story" a few years ago.
"I had to master a British accent for this show and now I think I do it too much," Knight said. "I watched a lot of 'Top Gear' to get it right."
Junior Ellen Lervakken was glad to continue theater after the one-act play over the winter. She plays the sassy Mrs. Peacock.
"That's what I love about Peacock - she's sassy. We have that in common," Lervakken said.
Tickets - $4 for students and $7 for adults - are available at the door.