Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of this Agatha Christie mystery play, The Chattanooga Theatre Centre opens with Mousetrap March 16th, 2012. Here’s more from the Press Release:
The plot of the Agatha Christie mystery has all the elements of a classic thriller: A group of strangers are stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm. One of them a murderer. The suspects include the newlyweds who run the house (Lauren Johnson and Tim Newland); a spinster with a curious background (Lizzie Chazen); an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef (Justin Bridges); a retired Army major (Greg Rambin); a strange man who claims his car has overturned in a snowdrift (Jerry Draper); and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone (Julie Van Valkenburg). Into their midst, arriving on skis, comes a policeman (Will Park) who, in order to discern the murderer’s pattern, probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! A superb intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time.
Everyone in the snow-covered boarding house is a suspect in this Agatha Christie ‘whodunit’ including (seated from left) Julie Van Valkenburg, Jerry Draper, and Greg Rambin. Standing, from left, Lizzie Chazen, Lauren Johnson, Will Park, Tim Newland, and Justin Bridges.
“The Mousetrap” began as a short BBC radio play entitled “Three Blind Mice” written at the request of Queen Mary. The extended work opened on the London stage as “The Mousetrap” in 1952 and has played for 60 years.
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