Clue! A play to die for

South High’s drama department put on the play Clue, Oct. 19-21


Dominic DePriest

Senior Bryan O’Keefe, playing Wadsworth the Butler, leads the other guests of the dinner party around the mansion, trying to figure out who the killer is.

As the actors got into their places, the stage lights flickered and shined, as the crew readied itself. This was Clue. Oct. 19-21 the infamous board game was brought to life through a hilarious and murderous play. 

Freshman Leila Chettfour was the only freshman in the cast. She portrayed the french maid, Yvette. 

“I was nervous at first, I didn’t really know anybody. But as soon as it started, everyone was really nice, and welcoming. And they taught me a lot about the department. It was great learning from a lot of the experienced actors there,” Chettfour said.  

But a lot more goes into a play than the acting. Alex Hood, crew chief of sound spoke about the experience of working and being a leader at productions here at South High. 

Hood has been very dedicated to theatre here at South High.

“I’ve done every show,” they said.

But this is only the first time that Hood has been a leader of a crew. 

“Yes, I like being a leader, because I’m able to see the progress that we’ve made this year,” They said. 

Jennifer Forrest-James is the theatre teacher and director of productions here at South High. She explained her reasoning for choosing Clue as South High’s fall play this year.

“Well, we wanted something that was kinda fun, and that was familiar with audience members, it was just released recently, so we had the opportunity. We had a lot of new people to the department, and we needed to pick a show that could teach them skills they could use in further productions,”  Forrest-James said.

Clue was a show that the cast and crew had to work through struggles, Forrest-James said. 

 “We had our struggles, but the cast and crew persevered through and brought a good performance,” she said.

But Forrest-James is not sad to see Clue end. 

“I’m never sad to see a show close regardless of the show. I’m always ready for the next show,” she said. 

Sophomore Jackson Sawyer is an active member of the theater here. Sawyer played a police officer, and also a door; in Clue. Sawyer said he loved being in Clue. 

“Yes I did, of course I did. I got to be a door,” he said.

Sawyer also spoke about the nerves of the cast the days they performed.

“I think, no. I mean, yes. I mean everyone was, but I feel like the fact that everyone was nervous made it easier. Because everyone was all in it together,” he said.

But as one show ends, another starts. The musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will be performed in early February.