‘Clue’ cast, crew win big at Southern California theater festival

The students in Capistrano Valley High School’s production of “Clue” had a difficult task ahead.

They had just four hours, starting at 4:30 a.m., to re-build the entire set on stage at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton ahead of their redux performance to 1,300 people from around Southern California.

Though they hadn’t performed the play since the fall — when the school won first place in the California Educational Theatre Association for the first time in 10 years — the cast and crew were ready.

Their hard work paid off. “Clue” took home eight awards at the Southern High School Theatre Festival in January.

“I stood in the wings and watched our cast perform, and while the crew came out at the end and all 60 students got a standing ovation from the largest crowd they’ve ever performed for,” director and drama teacher Emily Tucker wrote in an email. “I was a very proud teacher… (they) worked under immense pressure and succeeded in conquering an almost impossible task. It was truly magical.”

Natalie Hill, who played Mrs. Peacock in the “Clue” production, said she had fun bringing her character to life.

“This is a big, big deal for our school,” Hill said before the festival. “We’re all really excited. It’s a huge honor for me as a senior to be part of this kind of legacy.”

Their awards included:

  • 1st place in Orange County for Best Play
  • 1st place Show Trailer (short film) in Southern California (Lauren Richards and the students in Craig Landino’s film class)
  • Best Supporting Actor for Quinn Rizco as Mr. Green
  • Tech Award for Best Running Crew
  • Adjudicator Award for Costume Crew
  • Adjudicator Award for Lighting, Sound, Set Construction, Stage Management
  • Director Award for Nathan Lahaderne (Head of Construction Crew)
  • Director Award for Lucas Morgan

The cast and crew of the fall production of Clue at Capistrano Valley High School include the following:

Director:  Emily Tucker

Assistant Director: Maddy Cole

Technical Director: Justin Barnes


Wadsworth: Lucas Morgan

Miss Scarlett: Alexa Parvaneh

Mr. Green: Quinn Rizco

Mrs. White: Chloe Konoske

Colonel Mustard: Luka Dobrilovic

Mrs. Peacock: Natalie Hill

Professor Plum: Walker Nelson

Yvette: Kristen Slymen

Mr. Boddy: Sebastian Elizarraras

Cook: Kayla Bryant

Cop: Jonny Langan

Motorist/Agent: Evan Nowack

Telegram Girl/Agent: Makenna Malkin

Reporter: Mason Gulline


Stage Management: Samantha Fernandez (SM), Jasmine Kint (BSM), Abby Brull (ASM)

Running Crew: Abby Brull*, Krystal Penn, Rachel DeGhetto, Maylin Sterling, Shelby Lewis, Bella Cherney, Scott Garreton, Josh Radensky, Kaitlyn Scanlon, Natalie Mugnai Diba DarvishAzad

Sound Crew: David Jung*, Audrey Zimmer*, Ben Mayer, Alin Pichikian, Anna Whitney, JB Law, Seth Liebrand

Hair and Make-Up/Costumes: Julia Hess*, Ellie Mezak*, Kayleigh Werner**, Hailey Gecgil, Dana Meza, Nic Beyer, Bella Giovanni, Annie Huish, Alexa Ghalwash, Ellie Boone, Ellie Sepulveda

Lighting And Projections: Katrina Silva*, Max Weiss**, Chloe Beall, Emilie Roper, Jayden Tidwell, Krystal Penn

Paint: Lauren Richards*, Tyler Phan, Ciara Park, Sophie Sepulveda, Jazz Kint

Construction: Nathan Lahaderne*, Sarah Garreton**, David Jung, Aiden Sallows, Ciara Park, Siena Yoseph, Mateo Gamez, Marcus Little, Jackson Garcia, Ella Mayer, Shelby Lewis, Alin Pichikian, Kyla Allen, Alyssa Ivory, Shahin Farrokhian, Caleb Martinez, Jackson Shimizu, Sophie Sepulveda

Rigging:  Nathan Lahaderne*, Aiden Sallows, Jackson Shimizu, Sarah Garreton, David Jung

Accompanist: Maxwell Wilkens

* crew leads and show designers

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