SJC’s Columbian Players to Present “The Mousetrap”

January 13, 2017

The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College will present Agatha Christie’s classic mystery thriller “The Mousetrap” on February 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 pm CST in the College Theatre located in the Evans Arts and Science Building on campus. Admission is $5.00 with children under 12 as well as SJC students, faculty, and staff admitted free.

“The Mousetrap” is the longest running show of any type in the world. The play opened in November of 1952 and has been playing in London ever since, amassing a record 26,000 performances in its 65 year run. The play takes place in Monkswell Manor where a young couple, Giles and Molly Ralston, are starting up a guest house in the old manor which Molly inherited from an aunt. On the very day the guest house is to open, there is a winter storm which traps the Ralstons and their guests, an odd young architect named Christopher Wren, Mrs. Boyle, a stern former Magistrate, Major Metcalf, a retired army officer, a young woman, Miss Casewell, and a mysterious stranger, Mr. Paravicini, whose car has run into a ditch and must stay at the manor.

As the guests settle in, they learn of the murder in London of a former resident of the area who was involved in a case of child abuse which had resulted in the death of a young boy. Each of the guests either were involved with the case or might be the siblings of the deceased boy. Into this intrigue comes Sgt. Trotter, a police detective who was able to ski to the manor to investigate the possibility that the killer had come to Monkswell Manor.  As a second murder happens at the Manor, each person at the manor is a suspect. Who is the murderer? Join the Columbian Players on February 2, 3, or 4 at 7:30 pm to find out.

The cast includes freshman Music major Kayla Shoaff of Macomb Township, Mich. as Molly Ralston, freshman Music major Brett Previdi of Chesterfield, Mich. as Giles Ralston, freshman Computer Science major Brian Vidal of Crown Point, Ind. as Christopher Wren, sophomore Elementary Education major Kayla Gustafson of Demotte, Ind. as Mrs. Boyle, junior Digital Media and Journalism major John Irak of Hobart, Ind. as Major Metcalf, freshman Digital Media and Journalism major Brianna Velasco of Orange, Calif. as Miss Casewell, senior Theatre Arts major Marten Moreno of Berwyn, Ill. as Mr. Paravicini and senior Business Administration major Jake McCoy of Crown Point, Ind. as Sgt. Trotter.

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