The Southridge High drama club will present the Agatha Christie drama The Mousetrap, opening Dec. 5 in the high school’s auditorium in Kennewick.
The Mousetrap is a mystery that starts out in London with the murder of a young woman. The action then moves to the countryside estate of Monkswell Manor, recently converted into a guesthouse run by a young couple named Mollie and Giles Ralston. Their first four guests are Christopher Wren, Mrs. Boyle, Maj. Metcalf and Miss Casewell.
When an unexpected traveler, Mr. Paravicini, arrives and claims his car plowed into a snowdrift, the Ralstons are leery of him because everyone at the manor had read about the London murder in the newspaper. Suspicions mount among the rest of the stranded guests who arrive at the manor and Det. Sgt. Trotter finally arrives because he believes one of the people there is the killer. And so the investigation begins.
The Mousetrap is still the longest-running play in history, having surpassed its 25,000th performance in London in 2012.
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Taking on the role of Mollie Ralston is Maiyse Abuliel, 16, a foreign exchange student from Israel.
“What I like about my character is that her personality is very different than who I am, which makes it a challenge,” Maiyse said. “Mollie is a super sweet young lady who wants everything to go perfectly well. She is a people pleaser and I am not like that. I’m forward, sassy, and Mollie is nothing like that.”
Anthony Valdez, a junior, plays Giles Ralston. The rest of the cast includes junior Guy Rucker as Christopher Wren, sophomore Jessica Churchill as Mrs. Boyle, senior Chande Ipock as Maj. Metcalf, freshman Kevannah Lillie as Miss Casewell, junior Connor Fotheringham as Mr. Paravicini and sophomore Noah Hughes as Det. Sgt. Trotter.
“ The Mousetrap is a good play to teach many facets of theater, such as dialects, props, costumes to fit time period,” said director Barbara Wilson. “And everyone loves a mystery.”
Wilson adds that her drama students displayed some talent as they tackled the period piece.
“I felt this play would challenge them,” Wilson said. “I have some very talented students this year who researched a different time period for clothing and makeup styles. Also, the script is fun for the audience.”
Curtain time for the two-hour play is 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 12-13. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and are available at the door.