The Mousetrap

by Agatha Christie
Directed by Coreen Janetzke

Script Review: August 25, 2019

Audition: September 08, 2019

Performance Dates

Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, & 21, 2019 at 8:00PM
Dec. 8, 15, & 22, 2019 at 2:00PM

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the December 15 matinee.


Unless specifically noted, all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity.

  • Mollie Ralston – (late 20s-early 30s) Proprietor of Monkswell Manor and wife of Giles.
  • Giles Ralston – (late 20s-early 30s) Runs Monkswell Manor with his wife Mollie.
  • Christopher Wren – (20s to 30s) Hyperactive, peculiar young man who admits he is running away from something but refuses to say what.
  • Mrs Boyle – (40s to 60s) Critical older woman who is never pleased.
  • Major Metcalf – (50s to 60s) Retired from the Army, little is known about him.
  • Miss Casewell – (20 to 40s) A strange, aloof somewhat masculine woman who speaks offhandedly about the bad experiences of her childhood.
  • Mr Paravacini – (30s to 50s) A man of unknown provenance, has a strange foreign accent and ages himself with makeup.
  • Detective Sergeant Trotter – (late 20s-30s) Detective who arrives in a snowstorm to question the proprietors and guests.

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.

Coreen Janetzke is excited and honored to be directing for the first time with Curtain Players. Her love for theater started years ago with acting in church plays. She moved into directing with community theater groups in 2012. Since then she has directed a dozen shows, a few of her favorites being And Then There Were None, Harvey, and Schoolhouse Rock Live. Coreen is excited to bring the current production of this, the longest running play, to life on the Curtain Players stage.

When

Where

Script review, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful but not necessary.

Requests for an early audition for The Mousetrap must be made no later than August 25, 2019.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

Rehearsals for our productions begin in an offsite location, to be determined for each production. Approximately one month before opening night, rehearsals move into the Harlem Road playhouse.

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