‘THE MOUSETRAP’: Popular play catches audiences

By NICK QUIHUIS

Eight strangers in Monkswell Manor are in a race against time to discover the culprit of ongoing and mysterious murders.

Death waits around every corner, and one of the guests may be the killer.

Agatha Christie’s popular “The Mousetrap,” directed by Mickey Nugent, will run from April 17-April 27 in the Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre on Pima Community College’s West Campus.

“In a world of high-tech special effects, what is brilliant about ‘The Mousetrap’ is simply Christie’s astute and imaginative writing ability – impeccably crisp with all the British properness and sensibilities, yet extraordinarily entertaining,” Nugent said.

“Who doesn’t like a good old-fashioned murder-mystery?” he added.

Currently the longest running play in the world, “The Mousetrap” had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, England in 1952.

Tradition says the cast, crew and audience are sworn to secrecy about revealing the killer. This convention preserves the crime-solving mystery for future theater-goers.

Student Aeric Azana, who plays Mr Paravicini, said the PCC cast and crew wants it to be the best show possible, and takes steps every night toward that goal.

“What’s great is we have a solid cast of eight people who are so focused on making this show the best it can be,” said Aeric Azana, who plays Mr Paravicini.

“When you have eight people who come in every day wanting to see what we can try, how we can make a scene better or what we can flip around to make the dialogue or the scene more intriguing, it’s always fun,” he said.

Costume designer Cné Serrano praised the production team’s synchrony.

“It’s awesome,” Serrano said. “We have ideas that we just throw out and our ideas merge. We’re very in sync.”

Serrano said she and Maryann Trombino worked together to create many of the costumes.

“I’m actually usually acting, but this year I was more backstage,” Serrano said. “It’s different from acting. It’s very different.”

Nugent called “Mousetrap” the classic of all classics.

“It’s really fortunate that we get to do it and that they chose me to do it,” he said.

Nugent enjoys working with a smaller cast size.

“It’s so nice to have such an intimate cast,” he said. “All eight of them are so passionate about the show.”

“I always have to say ‘thank you’ to everyone that is involved,” he said. “The reason I’m here at Pima is because of all those people.”

Show times are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15, with discounts available. American Sign Language interpreters will be available at the April 24 showing.

For more information, contact the box office at 206-6896 or centerforthearts@pima.edu.

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Taking a liberal puff from his pipe, Yelsin Rugamas (Major Metcalf) oversees an investigation as Pam Fowler (Mrs. Boyle) scrutinizes her tea-beaing toter, Anna Hagberg (Molly Ralston0. “The Mousetrap” murder-mystery play opens April 17 in the Black Box Theatre. (Nellie Silva/Aztec Press)

 

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