THE MOUSETRAP Auditions - for Cresson Lake Playhouse at Ebensburg Rehearsal Hall

THE MOUSETRAP Auditions Sunday June 23 @ 6:00 P.M.


Director:  Rachel Volpe

Audition: Sunday June 23, 2013

Time:  6:00 P.M.

Location:  Ebensburg Rehearsal Hall

                 526 West Ogle Street, Ebensburg

Performance Dates:  August 29 – September 7, 2013

Curtain: Thursday - Saturday @8:00PM

               Matinees Sunday September 1 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: Adult $17 Students under 18 - $10

Phone:  814-472-4333

Contact:  Elaine Mastalski



Cresson Lake Playhouse announces auditions for The Mousetrap a murder mystery by Agatha Christie, directed by Rachel Volpe. All roles are available for 5 males and 3 females.  Auditions will be held 6 pm on Sunday June 23 at the Ebensburg Rehearsal Hall, 526 West Ogle Street, Ebensburg. Readings will be provided by the director. Production dates are August 29 through September 7 at 8:00 pm and Sunday September 1 at 2:00 p.m.


A Little The Mousetrap History - For over 50 years, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production and opened in the West End of London in 1952.  It has the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place on 18 November 2012. It is the longest running show (of any type) of the modern era. The play is also known for its twist ending, which the audiences are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.


This “Who Did It”   takes place at Monkswell Manor, the news on the radio reports that a murder has recently taken place in London. Mollie and Giles Ralston, the young owners of the once-regal estate recently converted into a guesthouse, hardly notice the news. They are far too busy preparing for the arrival of their first guests and concerned that the heavy snowfalls may prevent the guests reaching their destination. As the guests arrive safely and the Manor becomes snowed in, a policeman arrives on skis suspecting that one of the seven occupants may be the killer. After a second murder occurs in the Manor, Sergeant Trotter is convinced. Suspects include the young married couple, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired army major, and an unexpected visitor who claims his car has run into a snowdrift. During his interrogation, Sergeant Trotter uncovers the many mysterious secrets of everyone present, as he tries to solve the murder in true Christie style.


All roles are available and prior theatre experience is not necessary or required to Audition. 


Mollie Ralston – Proprietor of Monkswell Manor, and wife of Giles.

Giles Ralston – Husband of Mollie who runs Monkswell Manor with his wife.

Christopher Wren – 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 claims to have been named after the architect of the same name by his parents.

Mrs. Boyle – A critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes.

Major Metcalf – Retired from the army, little is known about Major Metcalf.

Miss Casewell – A strange, aloof, masculine woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood.

Mr. Paravicini – A man of unknown provenance, who turns up claiming his car, has overturned in a snowdrift. He appears to be affecting a foreign accent and artificially aged with make-up.

Detective Sergeant Trotter – A policeman who arrives in a snow storm saying he has come to protect the guests from the murderer.


The Mousetrap will be presented at Cresson Lake Playhouse opening Thursday August 29 through September 7, 2013.  Performances Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday Matinee September 1 at 2pm. Tickets Adults $17 and Student under 18 - $10.


 For more information or to place your order for tickets please call the CLP offices at 814-472-4333 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tickets will also be available at the door. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Box Office Manager at 814-472-4333 or email at

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 6:00pm