A group of mismatched guests with names like Professor Plum, Col. Mustard and Miss Scarlet gather around a long dinner table on a dark, stormy night. None of the guests know why they have been invited to Boddy Manor or by whom. The mysterious host is discovered to be blackmailing everyone in the room, including the butler.

Suddenly, the host is dead and the guests are scrambling to find out who did it as the body count piles up.

Students have been preparing for the Cloquet High School spring play, "Clue," for several weeks. The comedy keeps the audience guessing as they try to solve the mystery.

The play opens Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

Play director Alex Goebel is excited about using the new technology that was recently added to the high school auditorium.

The new microphones allow actors to be heard clearly throughout the auditorium and the new play backdrops increase options for the students.

He is also excited about the play itself. Goebel decided it was time to make a change from Shakespeare and musicals. "Clue" has 11 characters as well as the technical crew.

"I wanted to do something very stylized and slapstick," Goebel said. "Something laugh-out-loud funny. But it's also recognizable. 'Clue' is an old '80s movie and a cult classic."

He feels it is a great opening play to showcase the new theater and several of the new features.

"I really love the lights. They all change color and some move around," Goebel said. "We can do things we couldn't do before with our old stock theater lights. Our soundsystem is so much clearer now and it smells newer in here."

With all the new technology in the theater, Goebel is hoping to have a tech club in the future.

"Not only is it a great opportunity to see the new theater for the first time," Goebel said. "This is suitable for all ages. Everyone can laugh at it and most people have heard of the game. It's really fun to watch."

Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets go on sale one hour before each performance at the Cloquet High School auditorium.