“The Mousetrap” opened in London’s West End in 1952 and it has been running continuously ever since.
Antelope Valley audiences will only get four opportunities to see the play at 8 p.m., June 7-8; and at 2 p.m., June 8-9 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. East.
The Agatha Christie murder mystery features a group of strangers stranded at Monkswell Manor during a blizzard. A police sergeant unexpectedly arrives, worried that a murderer-at-large is among the guests of the manor. Before he can investigate, one of the guests is killed, starting an investigation into the lives and histories of everyone there.
“She’s one of the more popular mystery writers,” Director Kevin Clark said. “It’s nice being able to do one of her shows,”
He chose “The Mousetrap” for its notoriety.
“It is an older piece, but it’s well known,” Clark said. “One of her more popular stage productions..”
The eight-member cast features Marjorie Green, Daniel Davis, Bill Swartzbaugh, Margaret Wassner, Garrett Carpenter, Therese Melnykov, Edwin Momeny and Joshua Danam.
“Our cast is wonderful,” Clark said. “I’ve worked with a lot of casts in the past, a lot of top individuals. But this cast in particular has just been a joy to work with.”
He is fresh off his performance as Joe Hardy in Cedar Street Theatre’s production of “Damn Yankees.” That means he rehearsed for “Damn Yankees” and “The Mousetrap” around the same time.
“Definitely a huge challenge to have to learn stuff for myself and prep stuff for others,” Clark said. “But as much of a challenge as it’s been, it’s also been something that pushed me to be better in my own craft.”
“The Mousetrap,” he added, allows him to add his own interpretation of certain things.
“As much as the show is straight forward, the interpretation of some of the actions and events are very left to the directors and it’s been fun to put that together,” Clark said.
Actress Marjorie Green portrays Mollie Ralston, proprietor of Monkswell Manor and wife of Giles Ralston.
“The idea of a murder mystery is very interesting to me,” she said. “I was drawn to the smaller cast. It’s a new experience for me. This is my first lead role in a play.”
“The Mousetrap” is Green’s second play. She typically does musicals.
Actor Garrett Carpenter plays Christopher Wren, the first guest to arrive at the manor.
“He’s a huge character,” Carpenter said. “He’s kind of not all there in the head. He’s like nothing I ever played before. There’s so many levels to him. He’s not just a funny guy.”
Actor Joshua Danam plays Detective Sergeant Trotter.
“I’ve always liked murder mysteries, so to get to be in one it’s a lot of fun, especially playing the detective,” he said.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors 55 and older and military and students with ID.