Photo Flash: Flat Rock Playhouse Presents CLUE THE MUSICAL

This May, the Flat Rock Playhouse invites audiences to game night at the Mainstage with Clue: The Musical! The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical which brings the world's best-known suspects to life. With all the family-friendly and interactive excitement of the Parker Brother's board game, Clue: The Musical invites audiences to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. Was it Professor Plum in the Library with the lead pipe? Miss Peacock in the Conservatory with the candlestick? The audience plays along throughout each unique performance using game forms and deduces the clues for themselves in this fast paced and hilarious musical comedy starring familiar faces to the Flat Rock Playhouse stage.

Comic antics, witty lyrics, and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room and lead to a delighting surprise twist in this colorful crowd pleaser. With 216 possible endings, no two shows will ever be the same!

Bringing the classic board game characters to life, the cast includes local favorites and returning Vagabonds Scott Treadway as Professor Plum, Preston Dyar as Mrs. White, Michael MacCauley as Colonel Mustard, Marcy McGuigan as Mrs. Peacock, Ryah Nixon as Miss Scarlet, and Maria Buchanan as the Detective. Jay McGill as Mr. Green will be making his Flat Rock Playhouse debut.

Dane Whitlock, last seen on the Flat Rock Mainstage in Beauty and the Beast in 2004, narrates the mystery as the emcee and murder victim, Mr. Boddy.

Clue: the Musical will be directed by Lisa K. Bryant. The show will be choreographed by Matthew Glover with Ethan Andersen as the Music Director. Adam Goodrum will serve as Production Manager. Dennis C. Maulden, CJ Barnwell, Ashli Arnold, Kurt Conway will serve as Scenic, Lighting, Costume, and Sound designers respectively. Bill Muñoz serves as Stage Manager with Zeinab Caskey as Assistant Stage Manager. Cassidy Bowles will be designing the properties.

Clue: the Musical is presented by BMW of Asheville as Opening Night Sponsor and Henderson County Tourism Development Authority as the Mainstage Series Sponsor. Hunter Subaru is the official Transportation Sponsor of Flat Rock Playhouse.

Clue: the Musical will run May 25th through June 9th at Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage in Flat Rock. Performances Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20 - $52 with a child ticket at $17 for 17 and under and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-737-8008 or online at

Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

In 1937, a group of struggling performers, led by Robroy Farquhar, organized themselves as the Vagabond Players. The Vagabonds worked in a variety of places over the course of three years, and in 1940 found themselves in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. The local and tourist community welcomed them with open arms when they presented their first summer season of plays in a 150-year-old grist mill they converted into The Old Mill Playhouse at Highland Lake. So successful was that summer, they returned in 1941. After WWII, the Vagabond Players reorganized, came back to the region and opened a playhouse in nearby Lake Summit. The Lake Summit Playhouse thrived during the post war years and soon the Vagabond Players were looking for a larger and permanent home. In 1952, the troupe of performers, and a newly formed board of directors, made an offer to buy an 8-acre lot in the Village of Flat Rock. This new home made the Vagabonds "locals" and a rented big top gave birth to Flat Rock Playhouse. As the beautiful Western Carolina region continued to grow, so did the Playhouse and in 1961, by Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now a nine-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences. The Playhouse's dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; and Studio 52, year-round classes and workshops in theatre and film for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 100,000 patrons annually and is a significant contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.

Photo Credit: Blue Bend Photography (Nick Gillespie)

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