Florida School of the Arts presents “The Mousetrap”
Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “The Mousetrap” is coming to the Florida School of the Arts main stage located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. Tickets are $5.
By a wide margin, “The Mousetrap” holds the record as the longest running play of any kind in the world. Opening in London’s West End Theatre District in October of 1952, it continues to pack in crowds. FloArts student Isabella Carlsen, who plays the character Mollie Ralston, said on behalf of the cast, “We are all extremely excited to be a part of the longest running play in theatre history.”
The origins of the “The Mousetrap” are found in the real-life case of Dennis O'Neill, who died in 1945 while in the foster care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife. The play is set in an old monastery, turned guest house, where six snowbound travelers—all with secrets to keep—are interrogated by a police inspector intent on solving the murder of a woman with a deep, dark past. Carlsen, as Ralston, runs this mysterious guest house in England with her husband, and the house “ends up being the playground for these six mysterious characters,” she explained.
Directed by FloArts professor Kevin Kelly, “The Mousetrap” is sure to keep the audience guessing from start to finish. “Our goal is to make this old chestnut vibrate with new life,” said Kelly. “We aim to make it an entirely enjoyable and surprising evening. More fun—and murder—than you may expect.”
Carlsen added, “This comedic murder mystery and thrill ride will keep the audience guessing up until the very end. And when you think you know ‘who done it,’ you might want to think again.”
The cast for “The Mousetrap” includes FloArts students Isabella Carlsen as Mollie Ralston, Austin Carroll as Giles Ralston, Brandon Mayes as Christopher Wren, Kiersten Bartholomew as Mrs. Boyle, Devin Fuentes as Major Matcalf; Emma Stimpson as Miss Casewell; Kassidy Canova as Mr. Paravicini, Marc Anthony Toro as Detective Sergeant Trotter, Libby Rodriguez as the organist, and Megan Lee as the radio announcer and Foley artist.
The costume design is by Angel Warren; scenic design, Robert W. O’Leary; lighting design and master electrican, William Searcy Holley IV; and the sound design is by Kylee Risdon and Todd Allen.
Additional production staff include: Savannah Healy, stage manager; Emily Strickland, costume faculty supervisor; Gordia Hayes, assistant director; Risdon, assistant stage manager; Anna Guzman, production assistant; Madison Protonotarious, house manager; Doug Brown, scene shop supervisor and staff technical director; Anthony Antunez and Healy, paint charges and properties masters; Todd Allen, sound board operator; Rachel Allen and Warren, wig masters; and Victoria O’Dell, wardrobe head.
The costume construction crew includes Kevin Beckam, Jr., Melissa Hund, Eduardo Marin, Katy Page, Protonotarious, Emily Vaughn, Warren and Emerson Smith von-Wiegen; carpenters, painters and electricians are Antunez, Victoria Blair, Jason Correia, Moliere DiManche, Jr., Janae Donawa, Brittni Garcia, Anna Guzman, Healy, Holley IV, Megan Lee, Risdon and Rosvic Siason;
Understudies include Briar Boggs, Jalbelly Guzman, Hayes, Emma Kriausky, Pascale Molina, Brianna Osmond and Smith von-Wiegen.
Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree. The School serves the entire state of Florida and is located on the SJR State Palatka campus. For more information, call 386-312-4300 or visit the website at www.floarts.org.
Florida School of the Arts students Austin Carroll, Isabella Carlsen, Marc Anthony Toro and Emma Stimpson rehearse for “The Mousetrap,” a classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie. The show runs June 16 – 19 at the Florida School of the Arts, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. Admission is $5.
From left: Florida School of the Arts students Austin Carroll, Isabella Carlsen and Marc Anthony Toro rehearse for “The Mousetrap,” a murder mystery by Agatha Christie. The play runs June 16-19 at the Florida School of the Arts.
Isabella Carlsen and Emma Stimpson rehearse their roles as Mollie Ralston and Miss Casewell in the Florida School of the Arts production of “The Mousetrap,” a classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie. The show runs June 16-19 on the FloArts Main Stage located on St. Johns River State College’s Palatka campus.