The Warren Players production of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" is now in rehearsal at the Struthers Library Theatre. If you're familiar with Christie's repertoire of murderous "whodunits" then you know you're in for a treat.
The talented cast consists of Jennifer Morley as Mollie Ralston, Chris Snyder as Giles Ralston, Beni Segal as Christopher Wren, Judy Trask as Mrs. Boyle, Jean Gomory as Miss Casewell, Kyle Cornell as Mr. Paravicini, Ron Keeney as Sergeant Trotter, and John Beard as Major Metcalf.
The play is the best of the English "weekend in the country" murder mysteries. Eight people are snowed in at a guest house: Mollie and Giles Ralston, the owners; four invited guests, each with eccentric characteristics; the unexpected guest, who turns up after his car overturns in the snow storm; and a detective. Once everyone has arrived it is not long before a murder takes place and the detective assembles all the guests together and interrogates each one. During his cross-examination we learn a little more about these secretive characters and the mystery escalates.
left, and Chris Snyder, right
Cast, from right, Judy Trask, Jen, Morley, Jean Gomory in front; John Beard, Ron Keeney, Beni Sega in back.
The production crew is K Cruickshank, director, Lil Hunkle, assistant director, Dan Wolboldt, producer, Karin Cook, Costume mistress, Dan Ristau, Lights, and Sam Bailey, sound.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the play. The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since with more than 24,500 performances so far. The play is also known for its twist ending.
"The Mousetrap" arrives on the Struthers stage on May 10, 11 and 12, at 8 p.m. and May 13 at 2 p.m. For show information, visit online at strutherslibrarytheatre.com or call 723-7231.