Clue: Cherishing Both the Journey and Destination


Rochester Adams HS Theatre Photos Facebook

A portion of the cast pictured in the midst of a performance.

Delilah Dakis, Writer

After weeks of hard work and dedication, the Adams Theatre Club finally presented their fall play, Clue: On Stage. Both the cast and crew have collaborated with their skills and talents to produce high quality performances that left audience members craving more. Over the two weekends of October 28-29 and November 4-5, the company opened and closed the energetic show in which all participants felt proud of.

The show began with each guest arriving at Boddy Manor under an alias to protect their real identities: Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mr. Green, and Mrs. Peacock. Then, the manor’s butler, Wadsworth, dragged the curious crew into the dining room for a feast, where it is revealed that all of them are from Washington, and some guests may already know each other.

Following the chaotic meal, the group was introduced to the owner of the grand mansion and host for the evening, Mr. Boddy, who gave each of them a “gift” of a deadly weapon, instructing that they must pay him double as blackmail to keep their secrets underwraps, or kill Wadsworth and successfully escape with the evidence he had against them. Each guest had been invited to this mansion with the same letters, warning them that if they did not attend, said evidence would be released to the public, revealing each of their scandals/secrets.

As a result, the team searched the large house for evidence while simultaneously trying to figure out who the killer was among them, as bystanders are killed off one-by-one. The crazy adventure finally concluded with a shocking twist that kept audience members on the edge of their seats for the entirety of the show.

Entire cast and crew of Clue: On Stage. Photo Credits: Rochester Adams HS Theatre Photos Facebook.

To follow up on a previously written article, “Auditions: Overcoming Fear for the Better”, stage manager Ray Domulewicz and lead actress Riley Crabtree were asked some questions about their experiences and takeaways from being a part of the production. Auditions may be intimidating, but that was only the beginning of a difficult but rewarding journey to the performance of the play.

“The biggest challenge I faced stage managing for Clue was undoubtedly the unexpected. Because of the nature of stage management, I am usually first in line to deal with theatrical conflicts. Over time, I learned that the best you can do is laugh, take a deep breath, move on and do the best you can to fix it. Keeping up the morale of the company can mean everything during a hard day or week, even if that just means bringing in candy to motivate them or reminding them how awesome they are”, said Domulewicz.

Here, it is made clear that there are a lot of challenges that come with theatre in which one must overcome. However, the resilience is worthwhile with all the memorable and happy memories/experiences created as a result and the pride that all of the cast and crew feels for their successful efforts.

“I am most proud of all the people that put time into making it (the show) a reality. I can say without a doubt that without each and every one of them, the show would not have been as awesome as it was. Even when we hit rough patches, they persevered through it. I can’t even put into words how incredibly proud and overjoyed I am to have gotten to work, and befriended so many great people”, said Domulewicz.

“Being able to work with so many amazing people was the best part! Watching everyone and being around them all the time makes you want to get better and learn new things. The most important thing I learned was to be active in every moment off stage and on. You always have to be present on stage, but it’s important to make sure you are having fun and trying everything you can”, said Crabtree.

As illustrated by Theatre Club/International Thespian Society (ITS) officers and active Clue participants, what they and others on stage and behind the scenes did was and is not easy, and if it was anyone would do it. In spite of that adversity, it helped them grow as both people and performers/technicians, and overall, they got a lot of joy out of being part of the show.

If interested in joining the club/future productions or simply want to learn more, feel free to check out the Adams Theatre Instagram, website, Twitter, or Facebook.