Following a two-year hiatus from the indoor stage, Woodinville High School students will return to the theatre with a performance full of murder, mystery and twists that will leave audience members asking, “Who-dun-it?”

The WHS Theatre Company, led by director Josh Butchart, will present “Clue: On Stage” for its fall 2021 production. 

“This show is exciting because there are lots of props and costume changes,” assistant producer Stephanie Penoyer said.

About 30 actors and technical crew members will entertain attendees with shows running from Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 3-6, producer Katharina Bomers-Muller said. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. in the WHS Theatre.

She said interested attendees can reserve a “pod” of four or five seats by emailing whstheatre@outlook.com for a purchase code.  

According to Bomers-Muller, about 450 tickets were sold per show during a “normal year.” However, to comply with social distancing regulations, only 200 people can attend each performance this fall.

Proof of vaccination might be required for attendees ages 18 and older, according to the WHS Theatre Company website. Masks will be required for all audience members.

David Fountain, a WHS senior playing Colonel Mustard, joined the theater company three years ago. He said performing in “Oklahoma!” last spring had its ups and downs as the set and shows were held outdoors, which caused some technical difficulties. 

“It’s such an honor and a privilege to be able to perform live theater indoors,” Fountain said. “Performing to a paying crowd is really the true experience.”

Fountain embodies his role as a “pompous buffoon” who thinks he’s in complete control of the situation, he said. Cast members try to connect with their character to make it more engaging for the audience, he noted.

“It’s been just a great process altogether,” Fountain said. “Everyone's been pulling together, putting in long hours and hard work to make the show work.”

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the theater during its peak recruiting season, Bomers-Muller said. As a result, several of the students needed to relearn acting and technical skills. 

“We’ve graduated two classes since [the pandemic]. With it went out all the knowledge of how to do things like light boards, soundboards and building sets,” she said.

Regardless, the set for “Clue” is one of the largest the group has built for a show, Penoyer said. The set is divided to represent the different rooms featured in the classic board game Clue, like the dining room and study.

WHS junior Cailin Hill, a student relatively new to theatre, is playing Miss Boddy. She is excited to perform with her friends again, she said.

“It’s been a lifesaver,” Hill said. “Being in quarantine wasn’t great for mental health. Doing this with my friends and making memories together is really rewarding and it’s refreshing to be back in person.”

Penover said the group will start planning for its next show “Pride and Prejudice” after the fall performances close. The winter production will premiere in February, she noted.

To learn more about the show and ticket information, visit WHSTC.org.

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