Broadway veterans and an Emmy winning designer create a world of murder and mystery on the Centenary Stage, beginning October 5th. This year celebrates the 60th anniversary of the longest running show of the modern era, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap".
"Detective Trotter has all the clues.. " in the Centenary Stage Company's 60th Anniversary Production of THE MOUSETRAP, Oct 5 - 21 in the Sitnik Theatre of the David & Carol Lackland Center in Hackettstown.
L-R: Ashley Kowzun (Ms. Casewell), Jon Mulhearn (Giles Ralston), David Edwards ( Mr. Paravacini) , Thomas Leverton (Christopher Wren), Kevin Sebastian (Detective Trotter) , Megan Davis (Mollie Ralston), Alan Coates ( Major Metcalf)
Since its opening in 1952 on the West End of London's theatre district, this classic has had more than 10 million patrons try to solve the mystery. On the first ever performance, The Daily Telegraph called it ''the cleverest murder mystery ever written for the British theater.'' Today, critics the world over are still raving about this masterpiece written by one of the greatest crime writers of all time. "The Mousetrap" will be performed October 5-21 in the Sitnik Theatre, and will be directed by CSC Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau.
The cast features Kathleen Huber playing the part of Mrs. Boyle. New Jersey audiences will recognize Ms. Huber from her work at the Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre. She most recently played Lady Markby in "An Ideal Husband." Bringing to life the character of Major Metcalf is Broadway veteran Alan Coates. Mr. Coates' Broadway credits include the Tony award winning productions of "Dracula," "Sherlock Holmes," and "Scapino," and he regularly performs at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. David Edwards is bringing his numerous talents to the Centenary Stage to play Mr. Paravicini. Mr. Edwards has worked extensively as an actor and director, on and off broadway. He's also played both Max Bialystock and Roger DeBris in the First National Tour of "The Producers." Kevin Sebastian (Currently Jersey City, Hometown Hazlet) as Detective Sergeant Trotter is returning to the Centenary Stage after appearing as Sir John Melvil in "The Clandestine Marriage" in 2009.
The cast also includes Megan Davis (Hackettstown) and Jon Mulhearn (Pennsylvania) playing Giles and Mollie Ralston. Audiences may have seen Miss Davis on the Centenary Stage before as Gina in" Loose Knit" or performing with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Mr. Mulhearn has most recently performed at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, playing roles such as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood. Thomas Leverton, playing Christopher Wren, has worked with American Theatre of Actors in New York and regionally with Dreamcatchers Repertory Theatre, playing Peter in "Peter Pan." And Miss Casewell is being played by Ashley Kowzun (Kenvil). Miss Kowzun was featured on the Centenary stage last season in "The Ladies Man" and is a graduate of Montclair State University's theatre program.
The David and Carol Lackland Center' Sitnik Theatre is being transformed by Emmy Award-winning set designer Bob Phillips. Mr. Phillips also designed CSC's productions of "Bad Dates," "Light up the Sky," and "Ladies Man." He has designed over 75 sets for Orlando Shakespeare Festival, where he has been Resident Designer for the past 17 years. He regularly works with Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Alpine Theatre Project, Florida Studio Theatre, and many New York theatre companies and regional theatres. Phillips' television designs include Come on Over, Another World, Search for Tomorrow, and Sesame Street, where he has designed for 22 seasons. He has received the Outer Critics Circle, Madison, Village and Lillian Stoates awards for his theatre work, and six Emmy's for his television designs.
To purchase tickets or to find more information on any of the events listed, visit www.centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979-0900. Tickets for The Mousetrap range from $17.50 to 27.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Every Thursday night is "Family Night," which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There are 2 p.m. matinées Wednesdays October 10th and 17th and for the Preview Performance on Friday, October 5th at 2 p.m.
The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit professional equity theatre, in residence at Centenary College, dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands Region with professional music, theatre and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year. Performances at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and CSC members, friends and sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and The Holiday Inn, and Series sponsors, Fulton Bank, Mamas and Café Bacci, and Restaurant Village in Long Valley.
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