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John Lamb, Published March 07 2012

FMCT putting musical spin on classic board game Clue

FARGO – Samuel Krauth grew up playing the board game Clue, so when he found out the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre was staging a musical based on the whodunit, he jumped at the chance.

Turns out he should’ve fallen for it.

The Fargo man plays Mr. Boddy, who, as the name suggests, is the victim of the murder to be solved.

“I perused the script and knew it was something I wanted to be part of,” Krauth says.

The show runs tonight through Sunday at the Stage at Island Park.

But Boddy is not just dead weight. He’s an integral part of the show. Besides being the victim, he serves as emcee of the night, setting the place and introducing the suspects, er … cast of characters in the introduction and the first musical number, “The Game.”

Those characters are the same as the color-coded ones in the board game, with the exception of a detective to solve the mystery. Only here, each character has a back story that could be motive to kill Boddy.

After all, Boddy’s wife is Mrs. Peacock, who has a history of being a black widow and is having an affair with Colonel Mustard – who, himself, has a deeper connection to Boddy. There’s also the entrepreneur Mr. Green, the genius Professor Plum, the curious Mrs. White or the seductive Miss Scarlett who are each interconnected to the murder or people in the storyline.

All of the mock melodrama adds to the comic air of the show, says director Lori Koenig.

“It’s a light story, there’s nothing deep in this,” she says.

Even after he’s been offed, Boddy directs the actions on stage as a sort of host with the most control. He even offers rhyming clues to the audience to see if they can figure things out.

With so many suspects, and so many rooms in Boddy manor and so many handy weapons, it’s the audience’s guess who the murderer is.

Literally.

During each performance, three members from the crowd are invited by Boddy to pick the cards of a character, weapon and location for the murder. With 216 possible endings, it ensure no show will be exactly the same.

“It’s a blast. It’s so much fun to control everything and get knocked off,” Krauth said before Monday’s rehearsal. “The character lives to be killed. He loves it. He wants it. He’s almost turned on by it. It’s so much fun to create such an out-there character.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533