Theatre company tackles ‘Mousetrap’
The theater is dark. The audience hears a murder take place, which is then followed by a radio announcer stating that the victim was a Mrs. Maureen Lyon of Culver Street. Murder and mayhem has come to the Carson Valley! But don’t worry, this is only the Carson Valley Community Theatre’s latest production – The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie – which opens Friday and runs through Oct. 28, at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
The Mousetrap first opened in London’s West End in 1952, and now boasts the longest initial run of any play in theatrical history, with over 26,000 performances. In her autobiography, Agatha told her producer that she gave the play eight months. It now ranks with the Tower of London and Madam Tussaud’s Wax museum as one of London’s top tourist attractions. The play is known for its twist ending, which the author (and CVCT) asks audiences not to reveal after leaving the theatre. Agatha gave the rights to her nephew, Mathew Prichard, for his ninth birthday (at the time he wanted a bike), and stipulated that the play could not be made into a movie or television show until the London run had been closed for six months. After 66 years, live performances are still the only way this mystery can be enjoyed. That is why the Carson Valley Community Theatre is delighted to be bringing this theatrical version to Minden.
As usual, CVCT has a great cast for this production, with both returning performers those who are new to CVCT. Veteran CVCT performer, Melanie Johnson, who plays Mollie Ralston says, “You’ll be asking yourself ‘who dunnit?’ all the way until the end!” Rachelle Resnick, another CVCT veteran who plays Miss Casewell states, “If you like murder mysteries with lots of deception and misdirection, this show is for you!” Norman Subotky (Major Metcalf), a newcomer to CVCT but not to valley theatre audiences, warns, “In this murder mystery you really do suspect everyone. I hope people come to see the show to try to figure out ‘who done it?’ and to see whether they can. This play will keep everyone guessing. Are things the way they seem, or are you being fooled by what seems to be but may not be?” Other roles are played by J Malikowski, Cam Tolbert, Carol Schirlls, and Sean Bridges. As Kyle Littlefield (Mr. Paravicini) urges, “Come and test your detection skills at The Mousetrap.”
Tickets for this production can be purchased at the CVCT box office in the Copeland Building, Tuesdays through Fridays, 11-5, by calling 775-292-0939, or online at showtix4u.com. Tickets range from $13 to $15 in advance and all tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:45 for evening performances and at 1:15 for Sunday performances. All seats are on a first come, first served basis, and it is suggested that patrons come early for best seating.