Cast and crew of Lee’s Summit High School’s upcoming musical “Clue” were supposed to unveil the production Feb. 18 for select family members, but had to call off the private dress rehearsal due to the looming effects of the whiteout that hit the area a couple of weeks prior.
Having missed four of five rehearsal opportunities the week of Feb. 3, theater director Micah Hensley shelved the sneak peek and instead prepped the cast for its opening at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Feb. 21).
The musical, based off the board game of the same name, will also run at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 1 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2.
“We lost about a week of rehearsals and so we’re doing a little bit of catch-up,” Hensley said prior to Feb. 19’s dress rehearsal. “We’ll be ready and it’ll be fine. We just felt better not having (parents) here on Tuesday. We lost four days and they were four big days for us. We’ve been playing a little bit of catch-up but it’s coming along fine. We’re making up ground, but you always wish you could have more time.”
Sophomore Abby Gast plays the role of Mrs. Peacock, a wealthy widow many times over who may or may not be the killer. Gast said the missed rehearsal times may have affected the production schedule but she is confident that the show will go on without a hitch.
“We just weren’t ready,” Gast said of the canceled private performance for parents. “We were victims of a snow week. It was a struggle just trying to remember everything that we learned before and applying it again. “I’m excited for Friday. We’re getting there.”
Gast added the chemistry among cast and crew has made preparation for the show easier despite a week’s absence.
“We’re like a big family,” she said. “It’s been nice. Everybody has been really great.”
Lee’s Summit High stage veteran Andrew Wright said the musical should be fun for the audience once it premieres due to its interactive nature. He mentioned, just as the board game, he too may or may not be the killer.
“The way the show is written, it’s just like the game of ‘Clue,’” Wright, a senior who portrays Mr. Green, said of the musical. “The audience draws three cards at the beginning of the show – the murderer, the weapon and the room. The show changes based on what cards are drawn. We try to help the audience guess who they picked as the murderer.”
In regards to the lost rehearsal times, Wright said all is moving ahead now that school is back on its normal schedule.
“As both an actor and a technician, it hurt me a lot because I didn’t have rehearsal time nor did I have time to work on getting lights hung and getting things programmed and what not,” Wright said. “It meant a lot of hours after school or a weekend spent in here, but it all pulls together and works out.
“We definitely needed the time by ourselves to work things out and get everything down before we show people.”