Theatre 29 is thrilled to announce auditions for the longest running play of the 20th century: Agatha Christie’s white-knuckle murder mystery, The Mousetrap. Auditions will be held at Theatre 29 (73637 Sullivan Rd.) on August 28th from 6:00 P.M. to roughly 9:00 P.M. Director Katie Fleischman, with assistant director Janet Peercy, will helm the classic thriller.

The play features a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house, cut off from the outside world by a snowstorm, who soon find out that there is a murderer in their midst. The suspects include the newly married couple that runs the manor, 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 man who claims his car is stuck in a snowdrift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. A policeman traveling on skis arrives, carrying a dire warning of the events to come. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, rattling a lot of skeletons as one by the guests reveal their sordid pasts, culminating in an iconic, nerve-shredding twist ending. All roles will be open for audition:

  • Mollie Ralston (late 20s – early 40s) – Proprietor of Monkswell Manor and wife of Giles. She is cheerful but occasionally overwhelmed by (and at times, secretive about) the unfolding events, in addition to having to deal with the demands of running the manor and hosting her guests with no hired help.

  • Giles Ralston (early 30s – late 40s) – Husband of Mollie who runs Monskwell Manor with his wife. Although he clearly loves his newly married wife, he eventually grows suspicious of her, especially in regard to her sudden friendship with Christopher Wren.

  • Christopher Wren (late 20s – early 30s) – The first guest to arrive at the hotel, Wren is a hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner. He admits he is running away from something, but refuses to say what. Wren’s nervous eccentricity flags him for suspicion from the outset of the play.

  • Mrs. Boyle (50s+) – A critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes. She has no qualms about ruffling anybody’s feathers as long as her opinion is well understood. She might not be traditionally thought of as the type of person to commit murder, yet she certainly lacks any sign of empathy or compassion.

  • Major Metcalf (40s+) – Retired from the army, little is known about Major Metcalf. However, he commands a sort of unspoken, refined authority with his presence, stemming most likely from his past experiences and training.

  • Miss Casewell (late 20s – early 30s) – A strange, aloof, masculine woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood. However, when the skeletons in her closet begin to confront her, she is clearly affected by them.

  • Mr. Paravicini (late 40s – 50s) – A man of unknown provenance, who turns up claiming his car is stuck in a snowdrift. He appears to be affecting an Italian accent and artificially aged with makeup. The script describes him as resembling Hercule Poirot (another character created by Christie, famously portrayed on film by Albert Finney in Murder on the Orient Express), complete with waxed mustache. However, he is characterized by his mysteriousness and seems well in his element as the plot of the murder unfolds.

  • Detective Sergeant Trotter (late 20s – early 30s) – A policeman who arrives in the snowstorm saying he has come to protect the guests from the murderer.A commonplace young man, he initially affects a cheerful demeanor and speaks with a slight cockney accent.

In true Agatha Christie fashion, all of the characters are mysterious and steeped in subtext.  Aside from Mr. Paravicini and Sgt. Trotter, the characters will speak using the  “Received Pronunciation” English accent (what you might hear from a BBC news broadcaster).

In addition to cold-reading sides from the play, those auditioning will be asked to deliver a monologue of their own choosing. Monologues should be roughly a minute long and delivered from memory. Some monologues will be available for cold-reading at the night of the audition, but it is preferred that you perform your own from memory.

Rehearsals will begin the night after auditions and run weeknights from 6:00 P.M. to roughly 9:00 P.M. The show opens on October 6 and runs weekends through October 22, with curtain at 7:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 P.M. on Sunday afternoons.