Wimberley Players Present Agatha Christie Classic: "The Mousetrap"
Mr. Paravicini (Carl Galante) attempts to reduce the marital tension between Mollie (Katie Ritter) and Giles Ralston (Chris Higgins).

For their first production of 2009, the Wimberley Players present Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," the ultimate who-done it, opening February 6 for a four-weekend run. Famous as the world's longest running show, the classic "Mousetrap" will be directed by Lee Stubbs and produced by Barbara Alexander.

The setting for Mousetrap is an English guesthouse outside London, where a major snowstorm is hampering transportation and communication.  There has been a murder in London and there are no suspects or motive.  

Several of the guests with prior reservations arrive late due to weather and there is a surprise arrival of a gentleman whose car overturned in a snow bank. Because roads are impassable, the local police sergeant arrives on skis to inform those at the inn of the murder and to assure their safety. The little band is burdened with more than a little temperamental baggage, as the peculiarities of each guest are revealed.

Soon, the murder of Mrs. Boyle, one of the guests, makes everyone realize that the murderer is among them.  But who is it?

Director Lee Stubbs has cast newcomers in several roles, rounding off the cast with well-regarded Wimberley Players veterans. Gina McClure plays Mrs. Boyle, a critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes and whose unexpected murder causes great panic among the guests.  Gina has been active in many Players' productions over the years.

Katie Ritter and brother, Jacob Ritter, are first-time Players who come from Schertz.  Katie plays Mollie Ralston, one of the owners of the guesthouse.  Katie's on-stage experience includes a production of Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Death and Life of Larry Benson, where she played Freda.  Jacob takes on the role of Sergeant Trotter.  He has been active in many high school productions, including the lead role in The Marvelous Playbill, where he played the lead role of Chanfalla the Great.

Deanna Lalich plays the character of Miss Casewell, a strange, aloof woman, who speaks offhandedly about her experiences of childhood abuse.  Also a newcomer, Deanna has a degree in theatre and vocal performance and practices her trade daily dancing and singing with her kids.  She has been featured in various productions around San Marcos, including Blood Relations, and, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect.
Wimberley Players veteran Carl Galante appears as Mr. Paravachini, the guest who comes in from the cold. Carl has been featured in several outstanding WP productions, most memorably, Blithe Spirit, and the Wimberley Players Theatre opening performance of 1776.   Calvin White is another familiar face who has delighted audiences with his performances in It Could Be Any One of Us, and 1776, among others.  A jack of all trades, Calvin has also served as sound designer for Deathtrap, and Rose's Dilemma and was Assistant Director of Man of La Mancha.  Calvin portrays the character, Major Metcalf, an army retiree. 

Derek Smootz most recently appeared in Man of La Mancha as the Knight of the Mirror and as Dr. Seward in Dracula.  He has been active in several Austin productions.  His spare time is spent singing and creating music.  In this production of Mousetrap, Derek is presented as Christopher Wren, a hyperactive, peculiar, young man, who is the first guest to arrive during the snow storm.

Opening night of Mousetrap will be Friday evening, February 6. The show will run through Sunday, March 1. Friday and Saturday evening performances start at 8:00pm; Sunday matinees will begin at 2:30pm. Tickets can be reserved by phone starting January 26 by calling (512) 847-0575. The box office will be open, Monday through Friday, 1:00-5:00, beginning February 2. All tickets are $15 except Opening Night ($20). Visa and MasterCard are accepted.