It’s anyone’s guess “whodunit” as the Hartland High School Drama Club presents “Clue: On Stage,” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8 to 10, at Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Road in Hartland. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday.
From now until opening night on Nov. 8, The Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of “Clue: On Stage.”
Playing a dry, sardonic widow with a past full of secrets is quite a departure from Annah Stang’s self-described “bubbly” personality, but the Hartland High School sophomore is grateful for the chance to grow her acting skills with the role of Mrs. White in Hartland Drama Club’s “Clue: On Stage.”
We caught up with Stang, daughter of Eric and Jennifer Stang and a drama club trustee, to ask her about her experience with the production, based on the Hasbro game and cult classic film.
Was the game “Clue” a part of your childhood?
I remember the game fondly, but I was more interested about making up stories with the characters than solving a case!
Did you hold any preconceived notions about Mrs. White?
She may seem to be a one-dimensional person, but she’s definitely more similar to me than I thought (minus the “may-have-killed-five-husbands” part!). She has many little quirks and, while she may begin calm and reserved, her emotions may explode when lit. She’s multidimensional and I have to say I feel a strange connection to her, even with her morbid personality.
How does “Clue: On Stage” compare to other Hartland Drama Club productions?
This is an extremely ambitious and tech-heavy show, full to the brim with dedication from all sides.
What are the challenges of playing a comedic role?
Finding out what’s funny! You have to let your mind go into the viewpoint of the audience. Much of what makes this show so hilarious is the physical comedy, so we can’t drop the ball on this one. The more we worked, the more we could read each other’s minds on the pacing of what to do.
How do you find the energy to rehearse after a long day of school?
Honestly, I don’t. It’s a lot of money spent on energy drinks and my wonderful upperclassmen bringing me coffee. Even though it’s exhausting, I never mind being tired for something I love so dearly.
How does Mrs. White take her coffee?
Oh, most certainly, black!
What have you learned from your fellow cast members?
It’s almost unbelievable what people can do when they have a shared adoration of something. Without my peers, I never would’ve become the actress or person I am today! Our little nuances always seem to rub off on each other, both on and off stage.
How has your drama club involvement impacted your high school experience?
I relish in that feeling when my own self can slip away. If I’ve been having a rough day I can enter a positive environment with incredible people. I love completely becoming a character on stage, and I’m so grateful for this experience.
What show would Mrs. White binge-watch on Netflix?
“How to Get Away with Murder!”
— Jennifer Stang
Tickets are available online at www.hartlanddramaclub.com and at the door. Individual tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors. Group rates are also available.
For more information, contact Mary Jo Del Vero at (810) 626-2360 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.