Henry Ford II High School students rehearse for the play “Clue: On Stage.”

Henry Ford II High School students rehearse for the play “Clue: On Stage.”

Photo by Deb Jacques

Ford theater gets a ‘Clue’

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 23, 2018

 Rori Cummings plays the role of Mrs. Peacock.

Rori Cummings plays the role of Mrs. Peacock.

Photo by Deb Jacques

The suspect, in the room, with the weapon: That’s what will be on everyone’s mind when Henry Ford II High School presents the mystery comedy play “Clue: On Stage” Nov. 8-10.

Theater Director Kirstin Carolin said Ford’s upcoming production is a comedy based on the famous board game and the 1980s film inspired by it. She said the theater program decided to do “Clue” after conducting a read-through of the script last spring. 

“I have a fantastic group that works particularly well as ensembles,” she said. “It was really hard to choose a show with just one lead because this group is so multitalented. … They just jelled, and we knew this was a show we had to do.”

According to Carolin, the play is set at the Boddy mansion in the 1950s. The guests received a mysterious invitation to a dinner party. After they arrive, the host ends up dead, leading everyone to wonder who killed him.

Carolin explained that the students have to do character acting for this production, playing adults who are often very different from the students’ usual selves. 

“We have not had a lot of comedies over the last several years, so that’s a change as well,” she said. “We’ve tended to do much more dramatic pieces.”

Ford students described how they interpreted their characters.

Carson Cross, a senior, said he is playing the role of Mr. Green, whom he described as clumsy and closed off. He said the production’s first couple of weeks were challenging, but he’s getting the hang of bringing the character to life and making him seem more real.

“He also has a secret that he doesn’t want anyone to know, which I’m not going to reveal unless you come to the show,” Cross said.

Rori Cummings, another Ford senior, is performing as Mrs. Peacock. According to Cummings, the character is very religious and often “quick to hysteria” in this production. 

“Also, a lot of her comedy is in her lines and how she acts,” she said. “Being in ‘Clue’ has been a tough but fun experience.”

Ford junior Toni Gjerkaj is an assistant student director who is helping with cast blocking and in sharing the director’s vision.

“This is also a learning experience for me since this is my first time,” Gjerkaj said.

The Henry Ford II Theatre Department will present the play “Clue: On Stage” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the high school, 11911 Clinton River Road in Sterling Heights. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for students, and tickets may be bought in advance at www.showtix4u.com or at the door while available.

Find out more by visiting ford.uticak12.org or by calling (586) 797-1600.