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Last updateFri, 17 Jan 2020 12pm

Everyone’s the villain in LLT mystery farce  

Though it reportedly evolved through several adaptations, “No Clue, The Stage Play” showing at Lakeside Little Theatre from November 5 to 15, seems to have returned to its roots. The stylized acting, the color-coded characters and the bodies stacked like cordwood behind the library couch put one exactly in mind of the old board game Clue.

Clearly a spoof, adapted in its current reincarnation by Anne O’Neemus from Jonathan Lynn’s screenplay “Clue,” this production was directed by veteran Roseann Wilshere, who did a yeoman’s job taking the action to a “two-room” presidium stage, when she could surely have used a rotator. She did make it work and kept all of her cast in mind of going through the rooms and not through the (invisible) walls.

The script was standard “who-done-it” fare, with a gathering of characters all being black-mailed and all apparently capable of murder – especially in the requisite mansion with hidden passages on a cliff during an electrical storm.

To a man (or woman), the actors all turned in credible performances within the framework offered them by the script and limitations of the stage. The talented cast included (in order of appearance) Pat Carroll, Candace Luciano, Collette Clavadetscher, Michael Warren, Arleen Pace, Judy Long, Kathleen Morris, Mark Bennett, Rick Napier, Keith Scott, Robert Jones, Dennis McCary, Reg Doresa, Chet Beeswanger and Gail Poppe.

The stage manager was Diane Jones, assisted by Cindy Hitchcock. Richard Roche was a production assistant. A nice set was designed by Emma Bergh-Apton and constructed by Alex Pinkerton and his crew, Richard Bansbach, Bryan Selesky, David White, Alan Watson, Sandy Appelbaum and Chet Beeswanger. Set decoration and painting was by Roberta Hilleman, Margo Everly, Peter Luciano, Sidney Gay, Keith Scott, Chet Beeswanger and Sonia Mocnik.

The special effects were by Sandy Appelbaum and Richard Bansbach with the special sound design and operation by Emma Bergh-Apton. Brad Dobko and Zane Pumiglia designed the lighting that was operated by Sheila Dwyer. Besides her on-stage work, Gail Poppe managed the props along with her crew, Claudette Stevenson, Gail Footit and Joanne Bell.

The make-up coordinator was Maxcine Tate. Her crew included Lois Cugini, Doreen Chaloner, Christy Wiserman, Collette Clavadetscher, Julie Mignard and Ginger Thacker. Karen Eichler was the wardrobe mistress and Arden Murphy, the videographer.

Thanks everyone for sharing your talent.

LLT’s next offering, “Greetings,” by Tom Dudzick and directed by Peggy Lord Chilton, is well into rehearsals. The story is a heart-warming, funny play about a Christmas miracle. It will run from December 10 to 18.

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