Theater

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre Will Give You Only One ‘Clue’

‘Clue: On Stage’ brings the famed mystery game to life

Julie Quinn, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

The classic mystery Hasbro board game will come to life at the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre with the upcoming performance of Clue: On Stage. Based on the 1985 Paramount movie, this iconic murder mystery opens Oct. 15 at 7:30pm at The Oxford and will continue Oct. 16 and 17 at 7:30pm, concluding with a matinee performance on Oct. 18 at 1:30pm.

Six guests are invited to an obscure dinner party at a secluded mansion when their host, Mr. Boddy, ends up dead. In this classic whodunit, join Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Colonel Mustard as they hunt for the killer within Boddy Manor ... before the killer kills them. Each guest is a suspect, and no one is safe.

“It’s very sarcastic, a little melodramatic, and it’s very fast paced."

BECKY STERR

MISS SCARLET

“It’s a show for pure entertainment, and it’s a faithful recreation of the movie,” said Wayne Marek, executive director of the children’s theater. “People just know it. They know of Clue in some form – the board game, the show – you know who these iconic characters are ... it’s part of our pop culture.”

“It’s very sarcastic, a little melodramatic, and it’s very fast paced,” said Becky Sterr, who plays the role of Miss Scarlet. “With it being an adult cast, there is some adult humor, but it’s PG, so it’s family friendly. Everyone wants to know, through the whole thing, Whodunit? Through the whole show you’re going to think this character did it, then this character, then this character, so it’ll be a surprise at the ending to find out Whodunit.”

Following precautions from the health department, audience members should expect temperature checks at the door, along with socially distanced seating and hand sanitizing stations. Face masks are also required for both audience members and performers. Actresses and actors wear communicator masks made out of a clear vinyl.

“We’ve been using those masks all summer,” said Allie Kangas, the costume designer and actress playing Yvette, the French maid. “From what we’ve heard, you notice them in the beginning and they just disappear. It’s like mics. You just accept the fact that it’s there and move on.”


Clue: On Stage • Eau Claire Children’s Theatre • Oct. 15-18 • The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 839-8877 • info@ecct.org • ecct.org.

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