GET A CLUE: Vicksburg Theatre Guild stages classic caper

Published 4:00 am Sunday, January 16, 2022

It’s time to put the thinking caps on.

The Vicksburg Theatre Guild’s upcoming performance is a whodunit, and audience members will need to pay attention to all the clues.

Based on the 1985 movie, which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, the VTG’s performance of “Clue” is sure to challenge the brightest detectives’ sleuthing skills all while offering up a hilarious evening of fun.

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Sarah Goss, who is serving as the director of the show, said “’Clue,’ the movie, is considered one of the funniest movies ever made.”

And with the stage performance based on the movie, Goss said, theatergoers will be chuckling all the way through.

“It’s all so ridiculous,” Goss said. “Such a collection of characters. It’s nice to just sit back and laugh.”

Goss said she became interested in directing “Clue” after she had caught the movie on TV.

“It’s so funny, and I remember seeing it when I was younger,” she said. “I knew there was a musical, but I was looking for a fun, lighthearted play that people could laugh at. I was excited when I discovered there was a stage play version as well.”

Rehearsals for “Clue” kicked off in December and since then, the cast has been working not only on the performance but also on the set.

“Our cast is responsible for set construction and it’s big and complicated,” Goss said.

However, by building the set, it has allowed the cast to become comfortable in navigating it, sometimes in very low lighting, Goss said, which is needed with a performance that has “trap doors, hidden panels and all of those things needed for a good murder mystery.”

Nikki Ciciora is serving as the state manager for “Clue,” Goss said, which has been a “hectic” position in a fasted-paced production.

One of the elements of the production Goss said she thought audience members would enjoy is its nostalgia.

“There is a lot of nostalgia involved with this play. Many of us remember playing the game,” she said.

The cast of “Clue” is comprised of 17 actors and those performing in the VTG production are Andrew Cochran as Wadsworth the butler, Amy Crews as Yvette and Mary Claire Allison as the cook.

Those taking on the characters of the iconic board game suspects are Jason King as Col. Mustard; Cindy Veazey as Mrs. White; Lisa Hill as Mrs. Peacock; Hunter Weeks as Mr. Green; Ashleigh Holliday as Miss Scarlett and Larry Reaux as Professor Plum.

Rounding out the cast are Cameron Gates, Kari Arthur, Hope King, Sadie Gates, Gena Goodson and Danielle Gray.

In addition to the sizable cast, Goss said, the production has an extensive stage and technical crew.

Performances of “Clue” will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 29 and Feb. 4 and 5 and beginning at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 at the Parkside Playhouse Theatre, 101 Iowa Ave.

Tickets are $15, $10 for ages 65 and older and 12-18 and $8 for ages 12 and younger and are available the night of the show at the box office. Advance tickets are available online at www.showclix.com/events/10243.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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