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Poland Players present 'Clue, on stage'

November 20, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Poland Players will be taking on a new challenge this weekend as they bring the popular Parker Brothers board game Clue to the stage at Poland High School. The performance will feature a large crew of 40 who will keep things rolling for "Clue, on stage."

"Everything that everyone is familiar with in the game will be on stage," said Poland High School drama coach Candy Fonagy. "We will have all the suspected weapons including the candle stick, wrench, revolver, rope, dagger, and lead pipe. All the characters from the board game will be there as well."

Fonagy said the challenge for this production involved the set changes as the characters moved from room to room in Boddy Manor. She said the Poland High School stage does not have the capability of drop sets coming from the ceiling. All the set changes had to be mobile to roll across the stage.

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Hannah Ogden and Stage Manager Jordyn Kopp mark the stage for props during a rehearsal for the performance of “Clue, on stage” this weekend.

"We designed some of the sets to change right before the audience's eyes," Fonagy said. "In some cases the action on stage causes viewers to not see the set change.

It seemed such a production would be tough this year as Fonagy lost a lot of talent from last year.

"I lost a lot of kids this year who started as freshmen," she said. "But this new group really rose to the challenge. These kids have succeeded and I am proud of them."

This is Fonagy's 37th play since taking on the director's position and she is hoping to continue as long as she can. As for "Clue, on stage," she said it has been fun watching it all play out as it should.

The performance was originally scheduled to run Nov. 21 to 23, but because the Poland football team won and is advancing to the next round of playoffs, the performances were reset for Nov. 20, 21, and 22. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6:15 p.m. each night. They are $8 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. The students have been rehearsing since August and the crew has spent their Saturdays since Sept. 7 working on the sets to bring this show to the stage.



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