Clue: The Musical takes the stage March 11-13

Community Players of Greene County’s upcoming production of Hint: the musical will introduce audiences to a veteran actor from Ames and also bring some familiar faces and talent back to the local scene.

Ames’ David Michael makes his Community Players debut as Mr Boddy in Hint: The musical.

Michael, a microbiologist at the National Animal Health Center in Ames, studies swine viruses and emerging diseases. He graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in veterinary medicine and microbiology.

He grew up in Elkhart and did high school theater there. It wasn’t until after college, however, that Michael became involved in musical theatre.

“I’ve been in productions with Ames Community Theater, theater groups in Boone, Webster City, Marshalltown, Ankeny, and a small ISU theater,” Michael said.

Asked about his favorite roles, he mentioned Aslan in Narnia: The Musicalthe Lion loose in Wizard of Oz, Emile in South Pacific, and Long John Silver in Treasure Island.

Michael toured Iowa with the Pump Town Touring Company Peasant song: the musical written by Joe Hynek, an Iowan. The company performed at the Iowa State Fair.

Michael sings with the Ames Choral Society and is a Scottish country dancer, a dance form that developed into square dancing. He likes to sing, dance, read and travel with his wife.

“Professor Plum is the biggest character of my acting career,” Bill Monroe told GCNO, as he returns to the stage in the upcoming production of Hint: the musical produced by Greene County Community Players.

“I prefer to be in the background, playing and singing together, but the beautiful new high school theatrical setup brought me back to this production,” Monroe said. It has been several years since Monroe has been involved in a local play.

Monroe has performed and sung in major Community Players productions over the years, beginning with Pajama game in the spring of 1988. Roles in local productions of Brigadoon, music sound, Seven wives for seven brothers, fiddler on the roof, Oklahoma, Carouseland music man monitoring.

Work and family life have temporarily absented Monroe from local musical theater, but he is back, performing, singing and dancing on stage March 11, 12 and 13.

“Now that I’m retired, I have time to learn the lines,” he said.

Monroe grew up in Knoxville and played there in high school. Later, he sang in the University of Iowa choir, at weddings and funerals. He earned degrees in pharmacy from the University of Iowa.

Monroe and her family moved to Jefferson in 1987. For the next 20 years, Monroe operated the Medicap Pharmacy and also served as the hospital’s pharmacy manager. He directed the Presbyterian Church choir for many years. Monroe currently programs electronic music for the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower.

Monroe fondly recalls past musicals. “My daughter was there with me,” he said.

Darren Jackson teaches history and English at Greene County High School. He has played many roles in Community Players productions, including Arsenic and old lace and Life begins at 50.

Jackson has also performed in community theater in Grand Junction, Boone, Fort Dodge and Perry, including roles in macbeth, Young Frankensteinand Treasure Island.

It was Jackson who invited David Michael to audition for Clue: The Musical. The two have been in other productions together.

Linda Nichols, the detective of Index, has played with the Community Players for many years since his debut in Seven brides for seven brothers. She works both on stage and behind the scenes. Nichols is a member of the Greene County Singers and was a pharmacy technician with Medicap in Jefferson for 22 years. She enjoys reading, crocheting and music.

Alicia Sloan, playing Mrs. Peacock in Indexhas also starred in several Community Players productions, including Our city, Death by dessertand Murder at Cafe Noir. She lives in Jefferson with her husband and cats. She is a credit analyst for VisionBank, working in the Ames and Ogden offices.

Tim Pound plays Colonel Mustard in Index and is another veteran player with the Community Players in addition to being a board member. Pound’s most recent role was in the 2019 production of Our city.

Chad Stevens as Mr Green and Alexis Stevens as Miss Scarlet round out the cast. Chad is a native of Scranton, an entrepreneur and currently a building inspector for the city of Jefferson. He sings in the Carroll Community Chorus and the Greene County Singers. This is his second performance with the Community Players, having played Mr. Webb in Our city in 2019.

Alexis Stevens starred in Our city and played Morticia Addams in a Addams Family Train event for the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. Index is his first musical since high school. Alexis is an Agricultural Management Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach in Jefferson. She enjoys public speaking and talking to people about agriculture. Alexis and Chad are married.

Wes Anderson, musical director and accompanist for the production, earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Coe College and is nearing completion with a master’s degree, also in music education, from VanderCook Colle. He is working on a master’s degree in education with VanderCook College of Music. He is the group principal at Greene County High School.

His musical theater background has been in the orchestra pit, playing trumpet, trombone, tuba, drums and electric bass for numerous musicals including music man, Shrek, Wizard of Oz, awful friday, and The beauty and the Beast.

Hint: the musical, is directed by Clay Ross, a veteran of many Community Players productions and Chairman of the Community Players Board of Directors. The book for musical index is by Peter DePietro, with lyrics by Tom Chiodo and music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci. It is presented under agreement with Concord Theatricals.

Three performances are scheduled for the Greene County High School Auditorium, with general admission tickets $10 each. Tickets for Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. are available at Peoples Bank. Tickets for Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. are available at Home State Bank. Tickets for Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. are available at Heartland Bank. Tickets will also be available at the entrance.