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Watch Mousetrap This Week, Thurs. Through Sat.

March 16th, 2011

By Sarah Pride

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

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Official Mousetrap play poster, by Miciah Watts

Coming into a performance week, Eden Troupe student directors traditionally find themselves running from task to task, unconsciously gaining a lifetime of experience in a matter of days within the crucible of opening night deadline pressure. This week, the drama group’s production of Mousetrap runs from Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19, with showings at 7:30 p.m. each evening as well as 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. So co-directors Meredith Mantel and Sarah Henderson are busy pinning down last-minute details.

“The most interesting thing I have learned from managing this play is how many talented people are here at PHC,” states Mantel, a sophomore. “So many individuals went into making this production what it is. Various people on campus did everything from lighting and sound to artwork and set construction. It’s been so interesting to me to see people work on and excel at activities outside of the academic realm.”

She chose Henderson, a freshman, as her co-director because, she says, the two “have similar personalities and complement each other’s artistic weaknesses.” Also, since they are both fans of Agatha Christie, they could easily agree on a play. Mousetrap, says Mantel, has “kept audiences guessing for 50 years.

“I wanted to pick a play that was interesting and suspenseful, with a simple set and small cast,” Mantel explains. “I read the script for Mousetrap, and it fit the bill perfectly. Agatha Christie is the queen of the ‘who dun it’ genre, and this piece definitely reflects that.”

Mousetrap student directors, Sarah Henderson and Meredith Mantel

In Mousetrap, several unlikely characters, snowed in together at a hotel, must endure each other's personalities and survive the presence of a murderer in their midst. The surprise ending of this play has kept audiences coming back for more than a half-century. In most productions of Mousetrap, in fact, the audience is traditionally asked at the end of each performance not to reveal the final twist.

For an evening of intriguing suspense, buy your Mousetrap tickets now from the PHC Bookstore (540-441-8860), credit/debit only, or you can buy them at the door in cash (first come, first serve, limited seating available). Tickets cost: $12/each for the community; $10/each for PHC faculty and staff, HSLDA staff, and PHC alumni; and $8/each for students.

Also upcoming, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will run April 7-9. Watch for more information soon.