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LTC opens Agatha Christies The Mousetrap


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - From left are Maxemillian Corkum, Lucy Paschall, Caleb Adderley and Joe Healy, in Agatha Christies The Mousetrap at Lakewood Center for the Arts. The play runs Jan. 10 through Feb. 16.

Lakewood Theatre Company will present Agatha Christie’s murder mystery masterpiece “The Mousetrap” Jan. 10 through Feb. 16.

The production features Lucy Paschall, Richie Bowen, Samuel Summer, Maxemillian Corkum, Joe Healy, Robin Woolman, Matt Pavik and Caleb Adderley as members of the ensemble.

The play opens at Monkswell Manor, when news on the radio reports that a murder has taken place in London. Mollie and Giles Ralston, the young owners of the once-regal estate recently converted into a guesthouse, hardly notice the news. They are far too busy preparing for the arrival of their first guests and concerned that the heavy snowfall may prevent the guests reaching their destination. As the guests arrive safely and the manor becomes snowed in, a policemen arrives on skis suspecting that one of the seven occupants may be the killer. After a second murder occurs in the manor, the policeman is convinced.

Suspects include the young married couple, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired army major, an unexpected visitor who claims his car has run into a snowdrift and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. During his interrogation, the officer uncovers the many mysterious secrets of everyone present, as he tries to solve the murder in true Christie style.

“The Mousetrap” began life in 1947 as a short radio play called “Three Blind Mice,” which Christie originally wrote for the occasion of Queen Mary’s 80th birthday. It adopted its current name when it moved to the stage several years later, making its world premiere at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on Oct. 2, 1952. Ever since the opening night, each performance has finished with the audience being asked not to tell anyone the identity of the murderer. Audience members are asked to preserve the tradition by keeping the secret of whodunit locked in their hearts.

Performances are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. A special performance is planned for Jan. 29 at which Lakewood will continue the WOW: 25-35 program.

For people 35 and younger tickets are priced at $25 each. One hour prior to the performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines.

Lakewood Theatre Company performs at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. Ticket prices are $32 for adults and $30 for seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For more information, call the box office at 503-635-3901 or order online at lakewood-center.org.