AVON, Ohio – You’d probably have to be under 20 not to have the Clue game in a closet somewhere. The history of the mystery game is quite interesting – and probably much older than most people realize.
Here is a brief history (edited for space) courtesy of www.history.com:
“Before Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett and Colonel Mustard gathered on a gambling board to claim their first victim – brandishing a gun, a rope or a lead pipe – a British musician by the name of Anthony Pratt was watching Murder-mystery scenarios take place in European mansions, where he played the piano.
“Pratt took mental notes as guests in the elegant homes acted out despicable crimes involving hiding, screaming and falling ‘dead’ to the floor.
“Years later, during World War II, Pratt recreated these parlor games of murder mystery in miniature, as a board game called Murder! (later Clue).
“This longtime resident of Birmingham, who worked at a local munitions factory during the war, invented the suspects and weapons between 1943 and 1945 to spend the long nights stuck indoors during blackouts. His wife, Elva, helped design the game board on their dining room table.
The game has persisted as a favorite ever since.
And now, at Avon, the stage production of “Clue” is being readied for audiences at Avon High School’s beautiful Performing Arts Center, 37545 Detroit Road.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on November 18 and 19 and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on November 20.
Preston Postle, a sophomore language arts teacher at Avon High School, conducts his 21st fall play at the school. But why did he choose “Clue”?
“I chose it because I had been reading about (the stage productions) for two years, as students had been asking for it since the early 2000s. Many had seen the 1985 film ‘Clue’, but at the time it there was no game version.
“The script eventually came out as a high school play in just the last two or three years.”
Postle noted how fun it is to direct a play in the new Performing Arts Center.
“I used to rehearse on an old stage before, but the stage at the Performing Arts Center is so big that I call it the ‘Aircraft Carrier’.”
Postle is no stranger to the scene.
“In college, I did a lot of theater – from 1978 to 1982 – at Lorain County Community College, then at Kent State University.”
He played the lead in “Cabaret” and was in a dramatic and rather heavy production of “The Crucible.”
Advanced online ticket prices for “Clue” are $7 for adults and $5 for children/students and seniors. To purchase tickets, go to https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/22996.
Tickets will also be sold at the door 45 minutes before each show for $9 for adults and $7 for children/students and seniors. All ticket sales are non-refundable.
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