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Tiger Theatre Company prepares for fall play

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Wadsworth played by Tyler Unger re-enacts the resurrection of Mr. Boddy while the rest of the cast reacts.

Story by Oviya Justin, Staff Writer

A new mystery is unfolding in the theater department of Texas High School.

CLUE, brought by the Tiger Theatre Company, is a play consisting of over 60 crew and cast members, inspired by the classic board game many grew up with. 

“So CLUE  is about six, seemingly unconnected guests who get invited to Boddy Manor on a dark and stormy night,” director Bonnie Flieder said. “As the show goes on, more bodies start dropping, and you’re trying to figure out whodunit before your character winds up getting killed, too.”

Unlike shows in the past, CLUE utilizes a more uncommon genre of theater: comedy.

“A lot of people think dramatic theater is the hardest. No, it’s comedy,” Flieder said. “If you can’t get the timing and the delivery right, then it’s just awkward and nobody’s having a good time, and then they’re laughing at you for the wrong reasons.”

This particular show utilizes two different casts, meaning half the rehearsal time and double the amount of work. For some students, this means more tasks within the production.

“Well, this is the first year that I’ve been able to be backstage as a tech person as well as an actor,” junior Tyler Unger said. “So I’ve been able to see both sides to that kind of growth and maturity that’s been in our company and just seeing that level of work put into a show like this.”

Underclassmen make up more of the cast than upperclassmen, with the transition to High School being a very different experience for some. 

“CLUE has given me a very good insight into the difference between high school and middle school theater,” freshman Coy Ward said. “We’re doing a lot of dress rehearsals right now, so we come to the stage right after school ends and just run the show.”

The set of CLUE consists of rolling stage pieces and makeshift walls, proving to be quite an undertaking for the entire behind-the-scenes crew.

“I’m the master electrician, and I basically helped to pan out the lights,” sophomore Alexis Swanson said. “So from set movements to spotlights and for the stage itself, a lot of work has gone into it.”

CLUE will show on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., Nov. 5 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at ttcths.booktix.com.

“There has been just so much effort and love that’s been put into the show,” Unger said. “And it’s just so great to see everything finally coming together.”