Col. Mustard will be there.

So will Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum and Mrs. Peacock.

All are characters in a new murder-mystery comedy that starts Thursday at Midland University.

Alex Cesena will have his collegiate debut as a director in a show based on the popular board game and a cult classic movie.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Kimmel Theatre on the university campus, 900 N. Clarkson St.

Cost is $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Audiences really will be able to get a clue as the show takes them to an unusual dinner party in a mansion on stormy night.

Each of the party guests has an alias and becomes a suspect when the party’s host — Mr. Boddy — is murdered.

Besides the odd-ball suspects, who include Mrs. White and Mr. Green, the characters include a butler named Wadsworth and a maid called Yvette.

The 1980s movie version of Clue featured a star-filled cast including Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Brennan and Lesley Ann Warren.

“It’s a phenomenal cast,” Cesena said, adding, “The play — this version — was only released last year at this time so I’m actually one of the first people that will ever get the opportunity to direct it.”

Cesena, a senior from Sacramento, Calif., is an arts management major at Midland.

He’s excited about his collegiate directorial debut.

“I’ve done a few children’s theater shows in the past, but this is the first time working with people my age,” he said.

The show has nine cast members.

“It’s a smaller show, but that’s a good thing,” Cesena said. “It brings an element of challenge and creates a bond between cast members.”

Cesena likes the show.

“I love the characters,” he said. “The characters are so unique and lively and they really bring the show to life. I could do this show with no set and the characters would make it work.”

“It’s your traditional whodunit with a farcical side,” he said. “It’s slamming doors, missing people and everything’s happening all at once and keeping up is fun and it keeps you entranced.”

Cesena encourages the public to come to the show.

“I hope people come to get the experience of a farce,” he said. “It’s an entirely different show than what you might experience with something like ‘Miracle Worker’ or ‘Dracula’ – those are two plays we did here.

“The comedy involved (in Clue) is big and loud. The set is ever-changing and fresh and it’s different in that the actors are so over the top that you can’t help but laugh.”

Clue is a play with a book by Jonathan Lynn, who wrote the screenplay, with additional material by Hunter Foster, Eric Price and Sandy Rustin.

Tickets for the show may be purchased at the door or by going to midland.edu/tickets or through the Kimmel Theater box office by calling 402-941-6399.


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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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