A touch of London took to the stage November 7-9 in the Jaworski Center as the Vanguard Drama Club performed Agatha Christie’s most famous play, The Mousetrap.
The Mousetrap is the longest running play of any kind … 56 continuous years and 23,000 performances in London. The two-act play takes place in one Monkswell Manor (Berkshire, England) during the 1950s. It is the opening night of the guesthouse run by a newly married Mollie (a perfect, worried Hannah Howard) and Giles Ralston (a manly, protective Reece Thompson). Upon the entrance of the guests, it is observed that they are all without exception unpleasant, odd or unexpected! One, a suspicious Mrs. Paravicini, played with delightful drama by senior Erin Frisch, even appears out of nowhere, a Russian victim of an overturned car – or so she says….
There will be no more arrivals, except for the skiing sergeant (a pensive, skeptical, resourceful Cody McKenzie). In an ominous prediction, he warns: “Somebody’s going to be killed in the manor.” The radio news has already informed the audience that somebody has recently been killed outside. Now the Sergeant menacingly offers: “One of you is a killer.” And there can be no more departures – the snow is five feet deep. The audience shivers as eight people are cut off from civilization; even the telephone wire has been cut.
Senior Jantzen Slaughter did a wonderful job as the flirty, artsy Christopher Wren, who may or may not be an architect. Blair Beene won the most laughs for her haughty, imperious, disapproving bother, Mrs. Boyle. Alexandra Deaver played a very cool Major Metcalf, and Michelle Ramadan shone as a chic young woman haunted by her past. Suspicions flew, tempers flared, murder was committed and ultimately the perpetrator was briskly found.
Hats off to Jane Millar for her great program. Kudos also to art teacher Mr. Perdichi for his fabulous set – the audience really was transported back to 1950’s rural England. Caitlin Leslie, Ashley Lopez, Elizabeth Powell and Colton Treadwell did a great job as the crew. The biggest commendation must be saved for last — Miss Woods did a wonderful job as director. Woods teased excellent performances out of all of her young cast and crew. Most agree that they cannot wait to see what the Vanguard Drama Club produces in the spring. One thing is certain if the past is anything to go on — it promises to be a great show.