Arts & Science Center Brings Theater to Viewers with ‘Clue: Stay at Home’
The theater is back at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. While social-distancing measures prevent the traditional in-person theatrical experience, ASC’s dedicated performance volunteers and staff are busy creating a production that viewers anywhere can enjoy.
“Clue: Stay-At-Home Version” will be available for viewing at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24. Tickets are $15 each, plus a $4.95 processing fee, and are on sale now at asc701.org/clue. The production will stream through the Broadway on Demand service.
The production is sponsored by Simmons Bank and UALR Public Radio FM 89.1 KUAR/90.5 KLRE.
Based on the 1985 movie — which was inspired by the Hasbro board game — “Clue” is a farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects.
“It’s an absolutely hilarious spin on the ‘Who done it?’ genre, full of slapstick humor and hilarious one-liners that are sure to leave our audiences laughing ’til they cry,” Collins said.
The small cast consists of veteran ASC performers, with ASC Theater Education Coordinator Lindsey Collins directing.
“Working with this group is like working with family, and I am thrilled to have them all be a part of this endeavor,” Collins said.
Led by the Wadsworth the Butler (Eddie Beard), Miss Scarlet (Susan Harris), Professor Plum (Jonathan R. Hoover), Mrs. White (Tracy Sutherland), Mr. Green (Bryan Altstatt), Mrs. Peacock (Rilla Chandler), and Colonel Mustard (Martin Carty) race to find the killer as the body count stacks up.
The rest of the cast includes Celeste Alexander, Andy Altstatt, Sean Commerford, Cindy England, RJ England, Maegan Hickerson, Matthew Howard, Bill Wiegand and Stephanie Wiegand.
After the difficult decision this summer to postpone the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, staff and volunteers immediately began exploring alternatives to a traditional show.
“Going from performing in front of a live audience to doing virtual recordings is definitely a big change, but the love of performing flows out of this cast like a geyser,” Collins said. “The talents of this group, mixed with this hilarious script, will bring our virtual audience into the folds of this production in a different, yet somehow familiar way, while entertaining them all the same.”
For more information and tickets, visit asc701.org/clue.