JJMS Theater Club presents Clue

Was it Colonel Mustard (Violet Oyen) in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet (Sophia Cheng) in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth (Will Johnston) the butler?

John Jay Middle School's Theater Club presents Clue!

John Jay Middle School’s Theater Club presents “Clue,” a comedy whodunit inspired by the classic board game, on December 2, 3, and 4 at 7:00 pm, and at 1:00 pm on December 4, at the middle school’s theater. Tickets are available at the door, $10 each.

The production includes forty-five students between actors and stage crew, led by Director David Fritsch. The production team includes Producers Marcia Daley-Savo and Gloria Miller, Sound Designer Jesse Weiss and Costume Designer Aria Liz.

December 2, 3 and 4

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Midway through rehearsal, the actors had a moment to speak about the show.

“I like the whole mystery vibe,” said Will Johnston, a sixth grader starring in the role of Wadsworth, the butler. “The audience has to figure out who did it.” About his killer English accent: “I’ve been practicing with my family.”

It’s been easy for the actors to play a cast of strangers because they’ve gotten to know each other so well.

Eighth grader Violet Oyen sums up the relationships made through John Jay Middle School’s Theater Club. “When you’re younger, you do theater to meet new friends,” she said. “When you’re older, you do theater to spend time with your friends.”

A murmur of agreement travels around the group of actors gathered. “It’s fun hanging out,” said eighth grader Emma Gleacher, who plays Yvette, the maid. She describes her part as a voice role. “I scream a lot.”

“We’re serious about our work,” adds Violet. “It’s amazing to watch it pay off.”

She and some of the older students jump on stage and hit a dance number from last year’s musical. They laugh and return to their break spot in the theater.

“We have to get together and play “Clue” together,” said seventh grader Talia Doron, who plays Mrs. White. She’s referring to the board game the play is based on. “Maybe after the show.”