Over 300 were in attendance during the two performances of our 2013 Community Theatre production of The Mousetrap. Many were invited guests or heard of the event in the newspaper. Part of the purpose of our community theatre program is outreach to our surrounding community. The play provided an opportunity to make new contacts, plant seeds, and enjoy fun and fellowship together while watching family-friendly entertainment. During Friday's performance, Food Services Director Michael Rollins cooked up an excellent British meal, Pastor James Yuen and his volunteers did a wonderful job serving, and the cast and crew put on a great show. "I really enjoyed it," said Jeana Kamp. "I can't wait to see the next one!"
Famed mystery writer Agatha Christie wrote The Mousetrap as a radio drama in 1947. It debuted as a play on London's West End (England's version of Broadway) in 1952 and is still running! That makes it the longest running show of the modern era. In the play, a blizzard has trapped a disparate group of strangers in a dilapidated manor-turned-guest house. With a murderer on the loose, Detective Sergeant Trotter arrives at the manor, believing that the murderer will strike there next. Can disaster be averted? Or will tragedy take place in Monkswell Manor?
The Mousetrap's cast included Daniel and Katie Kelting as Giles and Mollie Ralston, Caleb Hill as Christopher Wren, Angie Todd as Mrs. Boyle, James Graham as Major Metcalf, Susannah Dornan as Miss Casewell, Mike Good as Mr. Paravicini, and Eric Alexander as Detective Sergeant Trotter.
Next year's production will be Cheaper By the Dozen, a comedy about the trials and joys of "managing" a family, February 27-28, 2014.