The award-winning Indian Theater Tribe is gearing up for a Fall production of “Clue,” (the High School Edition) written by Sandy Rustin. This play promises to entertain as our talented young thespians take to the stage to present a well-known comedy set in 1954 Washington DC.
The last time the Indian Theater Tribe presented a play for the public, they showcased their award-winning production from the 2020-2021 One Act Play season, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” adapted for the stage by Simon Levy. Gatsby is a dark tale that outlines and showcases the consequences of sin and excess challenging our young actors to dive deep into emotions they were largely unfamiliar with to present characters who were so far from the lighthearted teens who portrayed them.
In stark contrast, Clue is a complex “whodunnit” comedy which will provide our acting troupe with the opportunity to explore a different stage genre in the form of a full-length play. Theater Arts Program Director Katie Reed is ready to see her students in action. She stated, “I am incredibly excited about the chance to do a full-length play for our community and school. Clue is a little over an hour long and it will challenge our actor's stamina and ability to stay in character.”
Those who attended the Spring production of Gatsby may find a few familiar faces on the stage for this year’s Fall show, which is one of the more exciting things for Director, Katie Reed. “Since Clue is being produced for entertainment purposes, a lot of students who would not have gotten the chance to be in a show or who have conflicts of interest due to other obligations are finally going to get a shot to show the world what they can do!” The stage is a place of inclusivity, where all students can showcase their hard work and talent.
Another area where students and staff will be stretching their creative muscle is in set design. UIL regulations apply limitations to what can be included in a set for a One Act Play, but for Clue, the crew’s imagination, and ability, and possibly budget, are the only limiting factors. Reed states, "We are stretching the limits of what we can do with a stage, as Clue has 9 different rooms. Our technical theatre students will shine in this production. We are also eagerly collaborating with the new and improved Ag department to build some moving parts and repair our sets. Students who previously did not work together are being asked to come together to produce moving set pieces and lots of working parts.”
Reed urges the community to be a part of this adventure, “Clue will be such a fun non-competition piece and will hopefully generate lots of interest in our fast-growing program.” This will be a fantastic opportunity for our cast and crew to push themselves and exercise their talent in preparation for the coming 2021-2022 One Act Play Season. Beyond One Act Play Season, participation as cast or crew in this year’s Fall production of Clue can potentially impact students in the coming years. Director Katie Reed has reached out to college level educator’s and invited them to watch the production of Clue this Fall. “This is the end game,” says Reed, “using Frankston High School Theatre as a springboard to bigger and better things for their future.”