Murder, mystery take the stage in “The Mousetrap”


The Trinity theatre department is hosting its final performances of Agatha Christie’s suspense-filled classic, “The Mousetrap” in the Stieren Theater this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Christie wrote the play for a post-World War II London audience as a commentary on the complacency of allied forces during the war and how their failure to intervene led to many travesties. It involves a bizarre cast of characters who are trapped in a guest house following the murder of a woman in London. The murder is surrounded by the story and tune of the nursery rhyme, “Three Blind Mice,” and is filled with humor and drama. The murderer’s identity is divulged in a twist ending and at the end of each performance, audiences are asked to not reveal the identity of the killer to anyone outside of the theatre so the surprise will not be ruined for future audiences.

(Theatre students in this production) when asked why they decided to finally bring “The Mousetrap” to the main stage, said that the director for the play, Stacy Connelly, has always been infatuated with the show and was very excited to finally be able to put it on. Theatre students who participated both onstage and off focused on the technical aspects, striving to nail what the original play intended to do. Due to the use of British dialects, onstage cast members had a vocal coach brought in to assist in the creation of clear and believable vocal performances.

Photo by Momo Setamou
Photo by Momo Setamou

First year Nico Champion, who plays Giles Ralston in the play says that the cast wanted to perfect the details during rehearsals to make the performance seem effortless.

“It was crucial to focus on the technical aspects of the show because as a cast, we wanted to capture the essence of what the play was intended to be about in a believable and effortless manner,” Giles said.

He added that he was able to do this through lots of rehearsal and excitement for finally having this play showed on the main stage.

Assistant stage manager and First Year Mindy Tran felt both stressed and accomplished for being able to bring “The Mousetrap” to life.

“Any mainstage show has lots of rehearsing and planning that goes into it. This was my first time in a stage managing role and I realized that production is not always about the actors. There are people who make the set, create sound and lighting, and the director, actors, crew and design team rehearse almost every night,” Tran said.

Photo by Momo Setamou
Photo by Momo Setamou

“The Mousetrap” is a globally recognized play run by a cast of passionate student actors, so catch it while you can. The Stieren Theater is inside the Ruth Taylor Fine Arts Center. Friday and Saturday’s performances begin at 8 p.m. Student tickets cost $6, while seniors, faculty and alumni get in for $8. All others’ admission is $12. Saturday’s show will be followed by a parody show in the Attic Theatre performed by the First Time Offenders, Trinity’s short-form improv troupe.