Friday, October 23, 2015

Stagelight Players Present Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

Sam Telford (L) and Matthew Beisner rehearse
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
The Edison Stagelight Players will make their debut performance of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, from October 23 to November 1. All performances will be held in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus.

The Mousetrap is a popular murder mystery tale set in an English country house in 1952 that chronicles the story of a group of strangers who are stranded during the middle of a snowstorm. Amongst the group is a murderer. Appealing to viewers of all ages, The Mousetrap engrosses audiences in solving the whodunit.

Director Emily Beisner is enthused about directing this popular story. “I’m delighted to be back in the director’s chair this fall. I wanted to do something that we have never done before and The Mousetrap presented that opportunity.”

While this year’s cast is small, the men and women involved bring a lot to the table. “It has been quite the change rehearsing with only 9 actors, but they have been working very hard and I couldn’t be happier with my cast,” added Beisner.

“We have two new actors this fall that have never been on stage. One of the new actors is Jennifer Householder, who plays the lead female Mollie Ralston. The second new actor is Chad Evans, who will be voicing our Radio Announcer. Usually, this part is recorded and played as a sound cue, but I loved his voice so much, that I wanted him to portray the Radio Announcer.”

The remaining cast consists of veteran actors such as Matt Beisner, who plays Detective Sergeant Trotter and Kevin Grogean, who plays Paravicini. There’s also Patrick Stone as Giles, Chris Garner as Metcalf, Sam Telford as Chris Wren, Becky Ritz as Miss Casewell, and Sandy Hartley as Mrs. Boyle.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, October 23; Saturday, October 24; Friday, October 30; Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. each night. A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, November 1 at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the show are seven dollars for adults, five dollars for students and three dollars for seniors and can be purchased with cash at the door. Children 12 and under get in free. For more information, contact Karen Baker at 937-381-1502 or


Mollie Ralston: Jennifer Householder, Pleasant Hill, Ohio
Giles Ralston: Patrick Stone, Piqua, Ohio
Christopher Wren: Sam Telford, Troy, Ohio
Mrs. Boyle: Sandy Hartley, Arcanum, Ohio
Major Metcalf: Chris Garner, Piqua, Ohio
Miss Casewell: Becky Ritz, Sidney, Ohio
Mr. Paravicini: Kevin Grogean, Fletcher, Ohio
Detective Sergeant Trotter: Matthew Beisner, Troy, Ohio
Radio Voice: Chad Evans, Union City, Ohio


Director: Emily Beisner, Troy, Ohio
Stage Manager: Lindsay Ross, Piqua, Ohio
Light Board Operator: Jess Ritz, Piqua, Ohio
Sound Board Operator: Emily Beisner, Troy, Ohio
Costume Designer: William Loudermilk, Dayton, Ohio
Set Design: Jayson Alan Grigsby, New Bremen, Ohio

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