Arts & Entertainment

Christie play to take stage

Agatha Christie's been dead for more than 30 years, but her stories live on in the hearts of readers and theater lovers worldwide.

Southridge High School's drama department has chosen Christie's longest-running play -- The Mousetrap -- as the first play of its 2008-09 season, which opens Nov. 21.

The story is about a young couple, Mollie and Giles Ralston, who start up a new hotel in the converted Monkswell Manor. Then a snowstorm strikes and strands the Ralstons along with four of their guests and a traveler whose car ran into a snowdrift.

Then a detective from the local police department shows up at the manor to tell the house tenants a murderer is on the way to the hotel.

Just like any good game of Clue, one of the guests -- Mrs. Boyle -- ends up dead, and it becomes apparent the killer already has arrived. But which one of the guests could it be? Or perhaps the hotel proprietors are the culprits?

The Southridge production features Maxwell Lembeck, Courtney May, Orma Ravindranath, Skylar Kovach, Chris Sears, Jacob Churchill, Teja Thompson, Kelsie Clayton, Kayla Alldridge, Andrew Morton and Karri Allridge.

The Mousetrap is directed by students Ann Archer and Kelsey Hilmes under the guidance of the school's drama director Barbara Wilson.

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