Inside Look at Wheatley Theatre Company’s Production of “Clue”!

Ladies and gentleman, may I please have your attention? I’m thinking that you may have a clue as to what this announcement will be about. The Wheatley Wildcat has received a large beastly envelope of what seems to be horribly incriminating evidence against six clashing Washington DC residents. To protect the identities of these criminals we are forced to refer to them by their pseudonyms: Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, and Professor Plum. Not to worry, the police have already been informed of their wrong-doings, but the dirt is just so juicy! No wonder they were willing to go to such murderous lengths to regain possession of it. Oh! I’ve said too much, but I’m sure you’ve heard of the murders in Body Manor by now. Everyone is talking about them! It’s all so very shocking, and we know “who done them”….but alas, the police has asked for our compliance in the matter until they are able to cross the t’s and dot the i’s of the case away. It might just take months for us to be able to publish anything about it. Let me let you in on a little secret though – there is a way you can get the scoop before we put it out… On November 7th, 8th, and 9th, at seven o’clock, the Wheatley Theatre Company will be putting on their production of CLUE On Stage, and everyone’s awful secrets will be exposed, and no one is innocent…. Price of admission is ten dollars, and senior citizens are free. It’s gossip that’ll impress your book club friends, your buddies in the locker room, and even that girl/guy you’ve been trying to impress for a year now! Make sure you don’t miss it because after those three nights, release of this thrilling story is at the discretion of the police. 

The Wildcat was even able to score an interview with the WTC’s very own Jacob Kaufman! Jacob has been in the WTC productions since he was a little 8th grader, and can attest to the quality, and satisfaction of all the shows that they put on for their audiences. In this years production of CLUE, Jacob will be playing the slightly neurotic Mr. Green. Here’s an inside look to the interview: 

Melnikov : What is the show about? 

Kaufman : The show is very similar to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None – but not based on it. The show beings with six guests who are invited to Body Manor because they are all equally guilty of something, and are all being blackmailed for it. However, the night takes a gruesome turn when characters mysteriously start to die off. Throughout the play the butler, Wadsworth, acting as a guide exposes all of their secrets, and proper as ever, led them through the investigation of each murder.   

Melnikov : Oh awesome so it’s a proper murder mystery. Who would enjoy a show like this? 

Kaufman: Anyone who likes being teased a little should definitely come see the show. It is very convoluted in the best way because every moment of frustration is met with comedic relief. By intermission you’ll be dying to know who the murderer is, and some of the more deductive members of the audience may have even figured it all out. However, the ending will leave you completely shocked, mouth agape and all. The show isn’t very graphic, so it’s well suited for all ages. However, don’t be discouraged if you’re confused for a little because the show is meant to confuse audience members of all ages. 

Melnikov : Who in the show is most like their character? 

Kaufman : I’d say that everyone is very well suited to their characters – shout out to Ms. Calio and Emma Pak for the amazing job casting. However, Ansh is without a doubt Professor Plum on and off the stage. Plum is portrayed as charismatic and cocky, with his charisma bound to have the ladies swooning. Retaining his wit and suave in daily life, Ansh had no trouble connecting with his character. 

Melnikov : Who would you say has the best costume in the show? I’ve heard buzz about the giant cross Emma Leng has to wear as the church going Mrs. Peacock. 

Kaufman : Yes *laughs*, Emma’s cross is comically large, and glittery…but nothing beats Rahul’s stache. He’s gonna look like the colonel from the General Car Insurance commercials. 

Melnikov : That’s definitely going to be a sight to see! And my last question for you is, what’s the best part about being in the WTC? 

Kaufman : Honestly, this is one of the best casts that we’ve had. There was absolutely not a single dull moment rehearsing and I personally had a lot of fun putting the show together. I guess the best part is really the memories you make and the people you get to meet. There’s nothing that brings people together more than long tech rehearsals, and funny fails during rehearsal. With every show we make our own little family, and we get to be proud of the show we put on all together. I know it’s all super cheesy, but I couldn’t give it up for anything. 

Melnikov : Aww that’s adorable Jacob. We’ll hold your mushy sentiments against you forever *laughs*. Well I’m very excited for you and the rest of the cast.

Kaufman : Emma, you’re Wadsworth in the show, you’re in the cast…

Melnikov : It was so nice getting the chance to chat with you Jacob, but that’s all I have time for. Thank you!

Kaufman : Uh..yeah alright. 

So everyone grab your magnifying glasses, brush up on your Sherlock Holmes deduction skills, and head on over to see the WTC’s production of Clue! With six peculiar suspects, six obscure but lethal weapons, and an audience full of people scratching their heads trying to figure out who the killer is, it is bound to be a night to remember.

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