Patrick J. McCarthy, SPECIAL
IN CHARACTER: Elaine Hale (Mollie) and Andy Dumas (Giles) rehearse a scene for Waterdown Village Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which premieres Nov. 18.
Village Theatre baits the trap
Village Theatre kicks off its 2011-2012 season with “the mystery that made history,” Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
Theatre lovers are invited to journey to a small guest house, where they will join eight other people – all of whom have been snowed in by an abrupt storm.
Mollie and Giles Ralston and their four slightly eccentric visitors welcome an unexpected guest whose car has been overturned by the storm. A sudden murder and a detective who has arrived by skis set the stage for the best – and longest-running – whodunit of our time.
Credited with well over 80 different works of fiction, Agatha Christie has become one of the most celebrated authors of all time. The Mousetrap began as a 20-minute radio show, which the BBC later commissioned Christie to write into a full length performance in honour of Queen Mary’s 80th birthday. The show has been running since 1952 and on October 13, 2011, the acclaimed play hit a record 24,537 performances. The Mousetrap is still running at St. Martin’s Theatre in England. The show was also performed upwards of 9,000 times at the Toronto Truck Theatre over the course of 26 years.
The Village Theatre production of the play is directed by Andrew Finnigan, and the cast features the talents of Elaine Hale, Andy Dumas, Hoden Levack, Dianne McEwan, Ralph Woodcock, Sandy Milne, George Sanford and Julian Ford.
Opening night for The Mousetrap is Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Additional evening performances are slated for Saturday, Nov. 19, Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. Matinees are slated for Sunday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 27.
Tickets cost $20 through the box office, at the door and when purchased at Jitterbug Café & Catering and Polar Bay Wines ticket outlets.
The group rate for 10 or more pre-paid tickets is $15 each.
For tickets, contact the box office at 905-690-7889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.