Jack Matthews brings grandeur to Professor Plum role in “Clue: On Stage”

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It’s anyone’s guess “whodunit” as the Hartland High School Drama Club presents “Clue: On Stage,” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8 to 10, 2019, 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.”

Hartland High School senior Jack Matthews has often graced the stage as an actor, dancer and musician, but he credits his role as Professor Plum in Hartland Drama Club’s “Clue: On Stage” with helping him completely immerse himself in a character. Matthews, the son of Judy and Ken Matthews, has worked hard to portray the beret-wearing, quick-witted academic Casanova in the madcap comedy.

We asked Matthews, who is also the play’s student director, what it’s like to be part of this hilariously entertaining production.

Jack Matthews as Professor Plum | Photo by Joshua Archer

How did you capture the essence of Professor Plum’s personality?
The aspects of grandeur weren’t exactly far off from my daily attitude! Letting that attitude sustain is what really drives his personality to a T. His unapologetic confidence is also a huge aspect of him, and his ability to take any situation and turn it into a compliment for himself is truly unprecedented.

How are you and Professor Plum different from one another?
He’s the grandeur with the attitude; I’m the grandeur with a filter.

What do you admire about your character?
I admire how unapologetic Plum is. If he has an opinion, everyone is going to know.

What would your character buy at the mall?
More berets!

What have you learned about comedic timing through this role?
Incredibly, trying to coordinate eight people to have the same thought in the same moment is hard enough, let alone the fact that we must display this thought nonverbally and as our respective characters would react.

How does “Clue: On Stage” compare to other Hartland Drama Club productions?
This production is so much more personal than other previously performed shows. The small ensemble cast allows for a more personal experience with our amazing director and producer, so not only is every student performing correctly, but every student is also embodying their respective characters to ensure genuine and appropriate acting and reacting.

Being a senior, what does this show mean to you, and how have you grown as an actor?
It makes me sad that this will most likely be the last straight show I ever do, making this a very memorable experience for me. As an actor I feel my improvement was very fast. I understood existing on a stage, body movement and spatial awareness, due to years of dance. But my struggle was in not understanding how to not be a person trying to become another person, but embodying them completely — knowing them, thinking like them, feeling their emotions, moving as they would — and not just as me with emotion, which is was what I was so used to.

— 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 maryjodelvero@hartlandschools.us.


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