NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School presents its fall drama, Clue on stage, this upcoming weekend.
Senior Mikey Topher, who plays Mr. Boddy said that this show was different than the previous productions. He is performing on stage but had a hand behind the scenes as well.
“I’ve built more in terms of sets for this one then any of the others I’ve been in, because the set is just so massive that they needed more hands,” Topher said. “It is one of the best things that I have ever done, that I went to do the sets, because now when I’m on stage I look at it and I go, ‘Oh, I did that’. I regret not doing it in the past, but I’ll definitely be doing it for the musical.”
The show has a cast of 13 and is directed by Newton’s theatre teacher, Brendan Scullin. The cast includes the following students.
- Emma Bermingham as Mrs. Peacock
- Hayden Caico as Miss Scarlet
- Carolyn Granholm as Yvette
- Zach Halteman as Wadsworth
- Sarah King as the motorist
- Chris Martinez as Professor Plum
- Ilira-Marzena Mecaj as Mrs. White
- Kassandra Mull as the Cook
- Kevin O’Gorman as Mr. Green
- Ryan Penny as Colonel Mustard
- Josh Tierney as the cop
- Mikey Toepfer as Mr. Boddy
- Isabella Vena as the singing telegram girl
Sophomore, Halteman said this is the first time he has ever been in a play, though he’s been in musicals.
“It’s been a little bit of a learning curve compared to a musical because you learn the dancing and the music and the acting sort of all in one, but this is all acting and so it takes a lot more work, then the stuff would that is handed to you through music,” Halteman said. “You have to learn it all on your own and its core work.”
Bermingham, who is a senior, agreed with Halteman noting that the “memorization is a lot more intense because the majority of a musical would be to music and it is so much easier to memorize to music than just dialogue. This show is special to me because this is the show that marks that I have done more shows then I have lived in years,” she said. She is 17 and this will be her 18 show.
“There is always something special about each show,” she continued, “the set is just as much a character as any of us are, it really breathes life into it and it is just so massive and it just adds so much to have a different backdrop to every room and it is also a little bit stressful because it is another whole piece to think about, as opposed to just bringing on and off a couch or some chairs. It is a learning curve, but this cast has been great in learning to adjust because we have only had the full set for the last week, so we have been imagining what it would be like and now we’ve had to adjust with the real thing.”
The show will have its opening night on Thursday, November 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and general admission tickets can be bought at the door for $8.
The show will continue on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, with both shows starting at 7:30 p.m.