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Murder and mayhem take the stage at Liberty High

Liberty Lightning Theatre brings classic board game Clue to life
Wadsworth (Deuce Miller) flips out during the climax of Liberty High’s production of “Clue On Stage.” The play brought the classic board game to life in a comedic murder mystery farce Friday through Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

NORTH LIBERTY – Parker Brothers introduced a murder mystery board game named “Clue” to the United States in the late 1940s. Players chose a character, a weapon, and drew cards to deduce the murderer, the weapon used, and which room in a mansion the murder occurred in to win the game.
In 1985, the game was turned into a movie with a screenplay penned by Jonathan Lynn. Ten years later a musical version was created, which was revised and returned to Broadway this year. Lynn modified his theatrical (non-musical) script for the stage in 2016.
The Liberty Lightning Theatre presented the murder mystery farce in a three-show run Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10. “Clue On Stage,” is the third production for Liberty overall, the first for the 2018-19 academic year, and the first for Director Shannon Knipfer, a former assistant director for Iowa City West High’s theatre program and current media specialist for the Iowa City Community School District.
“Clue is fun,” Knipfer said. “We did both (fall play and spring musical) kids shows last year and we wanted to do something with a little more grown-up material, so we went with straight up death.” Part of the attraction, she said, was the “fun mystery and tongue-in-cheek humor of it.”
Auditions for the play were held the second week of school, and drew a young cast heavy on freshmen and sophomores. “Some of them have never done theatre before,” Knipfer said. “It’s really fun to watch them come into their own with this, it’s been really tight-knit and successful.”
The musical “Legally Blonde,” an adaptation of the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, will be performed on the Liberty High stage in April.

Clue On Stage cast
Col. Mustard – Luke Voss
Mrs. Peacock – Posey Stoeffler
Mrs. White – Una Weber
Mr. Green – Beau Leavenworth
Prof. Plum – Connor Ahrens
Miss Scarlet – Mariana Lehnertz
Wadsworth – Deuce Martin
Yvette – Sophia Cockerham
The Cook – Alaina Schmidt
Mr. Boddy – Agustin Colon-Sanchez
The Motorist – Emma Dreyer
The Cop – Grace Durian
Telegram Girl – Kufre Ituk
Telegram Girl – Tatum Calderwood
Agent #1 – Madeline Marquardt
Agent #2 – Ellie Ahrendnsen
Agent # 3 – Angelyn Gutierrez