Agatha Christie’s riveting classic murder mystery, “The Mousetrap,” opened its nine-show run last weekend by breaking the Golden Chain Theatre’s fall show opening weekend tickets sales record.
Co-Director Peter Clarke called opening weekend “a resounding success.”
“Agatha Christie would be proud,” Clarke said. “The lobby after the show was filled with positive comments from a satisfied audience who loved the show. Only a few guessed the identity of the murderer, and all were asked to keep the tradition - please do not give away the ending.”
Clarke said every member of the cast is finding something new to explore in their characters.
Leads by Jessalyn Talley (Mollie Ralston), and Robert Britt (Giles Ralston) anchor the show as the proprietors of the newly opened guesthouse Monkswell Manor.
Roland Ott’s Paravicini, and Eddie Fickling’s Christopher Wren provide comic relief as does the tightly-wrapped snob Mrs. Boyle played by MaryHelen Mierkey. Gary Talley's Major Metcalf is as quiet and severe as one might expect from a veteran of two wars. Uptight and severe Miss Casewell is a mystery as played by Jennifer Olsen.
Rounding out the cast is Keith Treadaway as the stalwart but stymied Sgt. Trotter.
The murder mystery, with its twists and turns, and characters with great dialogue, is the longest continuously-running show of all time with more than 25,000 performances. It takes place in a boarding house where a group of strangers have been stranded by a snow storm.
Details: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. (Oct. 9, 10, 16, and 17), 2 p.m. shows Sundays (Oct. 11, and 18). Tickets: general admission ($15), seniors ($12), students and active military ($10). Group rates available. (559) 683-7112, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - goldenchaintheatre.org.