The Old Grantsville Church Dinner Theatre will present Agatha Christie’s suspenseful murder mystery “The Mousetrap” Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday.
“The Mousetrap” is the longest running play in history with more than 25,000 performances, according to agathachristie.com. It opened in 1952 and still runs today at St. Martin’s Theatre in London.
“Agatha Christie’s characters are always varied and interesting, and we’ve got some great actors to help pull that off,” said director Macae Wanberg. “The twist ending will surprise the audience. And it’s always fun to try to solve a mystery.”
The scene is set when a group of people, gathered in a country house cut off by snow, discover to their horror that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-ending moment the identity and motive are finally revealed, according to the synopsis.
The play has a twist-ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.
“It’s also very important to our cast at the Old Grantsville Church, like it is for all of our mystery plays, that the audience doesn’t let anyone outside the theatre know whodunit,” Wanberg said.
Two main characters in the play are Mollie and Giles Ralston, proprietors of Monkswell Manor. They also are suspects in the murder.
Mollie Ralston is played by Celia Hart and Giles Ralston by Weston Miles.
“I like seeing all the parts come together and seeing each of the actors get into their parts,” Miles said. “Each of the cast members works hard to do their parts and it is neat to see the process.”
Another character is guest Christopher Wren played by Berkeley Swarthout. Wren is a hyperactive young man acting in a peculiar manner.
Other guests at the manor are Mrs. Boyle played by Carina Dillon, Major Metcalf played by Jesse Martinson, Miss Casewell played by Angela Dexheimer, Mr. Parvicini played by Kelly Wanberg and Detective Sergeant Trotter played by Jeff Andrews.
Thursday’s and Monday’s performances are shows only and start at 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performances.
Friday’s show comes complete with dinner by Ultimate Catering Taco and starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s show is a dinner show featuring Dickey’s BBQ chopped brisket.
The ticket price for dinner shows is $20. Show-only prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for ages 4-7 and free for kids 3 and under.
Some scenes in this play may be too frightening for small children.
Seating is in order of ticket purchase or reservation. Dinner theatre seats must be reserved in advance, but reserving or purchasing tickets early for all shows is highly recommended as seating is limited.
To purchase tickets online, visit www.eventbrite.com. To reserve seats and pay at the door, call/text 435-241-8131.
The Old Grantsville Church is located at 297 W. Clark Street in Grantsville.