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.”
Since he began acting in the fourth grade, Tommy Persons has played everything from a lion and an earthworm to an elephant and a vampire. The Hartland High School freshman can now add “pompous military man” to his résumé, thanks to his role as the iconic Colonel Mustard in Hartland Drama Club’s “Clue: On Stage.”
We caught up with Persons, the son of Sabina and Andy Persons, to ask about his experience portraying the boastful, blustery colonel in the hilarious play that keeps audiences guessing.
How does the role of Colonel Mustard compare to others you’ve played?
It’s pretty unique, to be honest. This is mostly because I’ve either been modern or confused, old fashioned and scared, or just evil. It’s nice to be able to add this particular combo to my current stock.
Is there anyone in your life who reminds you of Colonel Mustard?
My youth pastor, Josh Ray. He can be questionable sometimes.
Do you think there are unfair assumptions made about your character?
Colonel Mustard is not always dumb; he can be quite intelligent to formulate strategies.
If Colonel Mustard could choose another profession, what do you think he would do?
Well, I believe it would be difficult to obtain and hold a profession for Mustard, so I would imagine he would do odd jobs here and there, scraping by. Unfortunate, but that is my opinion.
Was the game “Clue” a part of your childhood?
Yes, “Clue” is a very fond memory. I would always end up playing Mr. Green, because his picture on the box reminded me of Morgan Freeman.
How do you find the energy to rehearse after a long day of school?
I usually get to have an hour in between school and rehearsal, so that’s when I watch my favorite YouTubers and browse memes, both of which generally lift my spirits.
How has your family helped you make the most of your theater experience?
I am blessed to have one of the most supportive families I have ever met. My immediate family consists of my mom and dad, my brother, Samuel, and my sister, Anabel, who is also in the show. I’ve had the privilege of being able to act with Anabel for the majority of my acting career. It is nice to have a fellow thespian who isn’t afraid to get to the point and tell you what you just sucked at.
What have you learned from your fellow cast members?
I’ve been forced to learn several new techniques to prevent breaking character, as my sister has done everything in her power to distract me during rehearsals.
— 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.