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POSTED: October 19, 2012 11:43 a.m.
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The Liberty Theatre Company production of “Clue: The Musical” will first be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Dorchester Village Civic Center. Clockwise from upper right: Justin Long, Charlene Parlett, Elizabeth Toney, Brad Tootle, Jessi Dye, Craig Showers, Jimps Campbell and Eddie Hodge.

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The Liberty Theatre Company is back in action this weekend with a whodunit that lets the audience weigh in on whether it was Professor Plum in the study with a knife or Miss Scarlett in the ballroom with a rope.

A colorful cast of eight will bring “Clue: The Musical” to life at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Dorchester Village Civic Center.

The play is a stage presentation of the board game, and audience members can put on their sleuthing caps to solve the crime as the drama unfolds. Select members of the audience will also have a chance to influence the story’s outcome.

Hinesville Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Vicki Davis is directing the production.

“This is the play, and it plays out,” Davis said.

Assistant director and choreographer Jessi Dye, who portrays Mrs. Scarlett, said the script has 216 variations according to which suspects, rooms and weapons are involved with the murder of Mr. Boddy, who is hosting the eccentric cast of characters in his home when he’s murdered.

“We chose this musical together and we wanted to do it around Halloween time,” Davis said, explaining that the show has a whimsical, spooky theme.

But when the group put out a casting call, Davis said some doubters asked her whether the area could provide talented singers.

“I think they sometimes get so used to what they’ve already experienced that they don’t realize our potential. In this case, I will tell you, our cast is incredibly talented,” Davis added. “You will be pleasantly surprised, and I am assured that they will leave wanting more.”

Musical numbers are interspersed with dialogue, and Jesup pianist Davida Phillips provides live musical accompaniment.

Most of the eight-member cast has theatrical or musical experience. For the soldier who plays Mr. Green, the play is a return to the stage after a 10-year hiatus.

Staff Sgt. Craig Showers, with the 1-64 Armor, 2nd Brigade, 3rd ID, plays Mr. Green.

“I like the instant gratification of people liking it when we do a good job — the applause, entertaining the audience and the smiles on people’s faces. I like when people say, ‘Aw, this was great, thank for you the last hour that I had,” said Showers, who said he nearly majored in musical theater prior to joining the service.

The show’s variable ending is not its only twist.

Southeast Auto Service owner Charlene Parlett will play Mrs. Peacock on Saturday, but Jasmine Kersey will fill the character’s shoes Nov. 2. The women have shadowed each other during rehearsals but plan to portray the character differently.

Parlett and Kersey say the actor swap means the play is worth seeing twice, though Parlett advised that the play would be best enjoyed by a middle-school and older audience.

Tickets are available at Southeast Auto Service & Repair, Hinesville Area Arts Council Gallery, the Hinesville VIP Office Supply & Furniture and online at www.hinesvillearts.com.

 

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