“I saw this show back in the 50′s,” Virginia Kraus commented during the social hour at the dinner showing of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie on February 16.
“My daughter is in the show, we came from Wichita,” Betty Herbert stated about the show when asked why she came to see the show.
“Excited, very happy there’s a dinner theater in Hays, don’t have to go to Kansas City or Wichita,” said Linda Lewis and was formally supported by the other guests at her table.
In general, it seemed that the couples at the Fox were excited and abuzz about The Mousetrap. The environment prior to the beginning of the production was lively and chatter filled the room. From 6-7 there was a social hour with an open bar. At about 7 p.m., dinner was served buffet style. The show began at 8 p.m.
The Mousetrap is a murder mystery about a young couple who opens a guest house, Monkswell Manor, in an out of the way place near London. The couple, Giles and Mollie Raleston, are hosting the first guests to ever stay at the manor when a murder recently happened in London of a farmer’s wife, Maureen Lyon, who was imprisoned for abuse of three children and the ultimate death from neglect of one of the young boys a decade prior to her own death. The guests under scrutiny are: Christopher Wren, a peculiar young man who fits the bill of the murderer; Mrs. Boyle, an old lady who is never pleased with anything; Major Metcalf, a retired man from the British army; Miss Casewell, a young woman who dresses manly and is disturbed by problems in her childhood; and Miss Paravicini, a spontaneous guest who arrives at Monkswell Manor in search of shelter form the blizzard outside after her car turns over in a snow drift.
The day after all of the guest arrive and the blizzard has settled in, locking the guest in the house for the time being, Mollie Raleston receives a phone call from a police officer telling her that he needs to send an officer up to her home. Before long, Detective Sergeant Trotter arrives on skis to explain that the murderer of the farmer’s wife most probably is in Monkswell Manor. Interrogations take place and before long, Mrs. Boyle is found strangled in the living room. From there, many suspicions arise about all of the guest and the guessing game transpires. After much confusion and drama, Sergeant Trotter hatches a plan to catch the murderer. The murderer is found, but sh — don’t tell anyone.
After the big unveil, the Port sisters commented on their reactions about the show.
“Amazing, I was shocked by the ending,” Kirsten Ports stated.
“My boyfriend played Sergeant and he didn’t tell me anything so I was really shocked,” Kirsten’s sister, Chelsie Ports, exclaimed.
The show was displayed at the Fox Pavillion and performed by the Fringe Theatre Company.