WDC's fall play 'Clue' opens Thursday

This murder-mystery may have cast members dropping like flies, but it's not without lots of laughs. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17, 18 and 19 in Memorial Auditorium.

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Not everything is black and white in the Wadena-Deer Creek performance of "Clue" set to show Thursday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 19, at Memorial Auditorium. Pictured is Anna Guo as Yvette, left, Lily Adkins as Wadsworth, Lily Parker as Lily and Kelanie Oldakowski as Mrs. White.
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WADENA — A crew of comedic characters come together for three performances of “Clue” November 17, 18 and 19 at the Memorial Auditorium.

The performances are a culmination of the Wadena-Deer Creek drama department’s fall play, which started with auditions Oct. 3.

Drama director Beth Hawkins said the group is sticking with a show that’s full of laughs thanks to the great combination of murder, mystery and humor.

Over 20 students make up the cast this year and those cast members say the play is wrought with twists, turns and fantastic set design.

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Charlize Pichardo, left, Eshetu Loer, Ryann Schmidt, Kelanie Oldakowski, Madelyn Gallant and Maxwell Pichardo star in the WDC fall production of "Clue" during dress rehearsal on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.
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“Our cast and crew chemistry is really good – we get a lot of things done,” Kelanie Oldakowski, playing Mrs. White said backstage during dress rehearsals.

“The crew busted their butts and they did an awesome job. I’m very impressed,” Maxwell Pichardo, playing Mr. Green said. This being Pichardo’s first year involved, he found the process impressive to go from a first look at a script, to being prepared to go before a crowd.

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Enjoying a meal together are Colonel Mustard (Eshetu Loer), Miss Scarlet (Madelyn Gallant), Mr. Green (Maxwell Pichardo), Mrs. Peacock (Maggie Hegarty), Mrs. White (Kelanie Oldakowski), and Professor Plum (Ryann Schmidt) in dress rehearsals for the fall play on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.
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The cast includes those you may be familiar with if you've seen "Clue" before. It also adds in some characters like Dr. Orchid, a botanist who certainly stands out.

A crew of about 15 stage hands have come together to put together some amazing sets that are full of details in this roughly 90 minute show that has no intermission.

A more seasoned member of the cast, senior Madelyn Gallant said this performance stands out as one that really depends on a strong crew behind the scenes.

Wadsworth (Lillian Adkins) welcomes guests to the party in a performance of "Clue" with Professor Plum (Ryann Schmidt) and Miss Scarlet (Madelyn Gallant.)<br/>

“This definitely has the most moving pieces involved, if we didn’t have the good crew we wouldn’t be able to do this with the flipping of the scenes and all the different scenes,” Gallant said.

This is Hawkins sixth year with the drama department and she said the show is a great entertainment for the community to see the talent that these students possess.

This year’s group of seniors holds a special place for Hawkins as they’re the first to have been involved in drama during her entire run as drama director. Hawkins took over the department from longtime director Jay Patterson. Patterson led the drama department for 39 years before that.


So, if you're into the whodunit-type performances that's done by a cast of local youth, this is one you won't want to miss.

If you go

  • What: WDC drama department's play “Clue”
  • When: 7 p.m., on November 17, 18 and 19
  • Where: Memorial Auditorium in Wadena
  • Cost: $8 adults, $5 students

Cast and crew

Lillian Adkins- Wadsworth
Anna Guo- Yvette
Lily Parker- Lily
Levyn Rousslang- Narrator
Madelyn Gallant- Miss Scarlet
Maggie Hegarty- Mrs. Peacock
Kelanie Oldakowski- Mrs. White
Eshetu Loer- Colonel Mustard
Ryann Schmidt- Professor Plum
Maxwell Pichardo- Mr. Green
Charlize Pichardo- Dr. Orchid
Amaya Walker- Cook
Kaylee Endres— Singing Telegram Girl/Chief of Police
Nathan Muchow- Mr. Boddy
Isabelle Lehmkuhl- Motorist
Ashley Pavek- Cop
Ensemble— Lydia Dwire, Lydia Helmbrecht, Isabelle Petro, Lola Pulver, Tiera Roggenkamp, Aiden Schaefer
Katie Fiemeyer, Alexis Rousslang, Abigail Ames, McKenna Dunbar, Anna Fiemeyer, Megan Hamelau, Kaylee Lehmann, Genevieve Lease, Chloe Leeseberg, Gray Nanik, Lily Peterson, Emma Weniger, Adam Plautz, Kiyanne Maxwell, Natalie Sweere, Rayna Udy

Lillian Adkins not only plays a central role in the play, but she even helps with makeup for Charlize Pichardo backstage before the dress rehearsal.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

Michael Johnson is the news editor for Agweek. He lives in rural Deer Creek, Minn., where he is starting to homestead with his two children and wife.
You can reach Michael at or 218-640-2312.
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