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April 27, 2014

EMCC presents 'The Mousetrap'

MERIDIAN —     MAYHEW – Two all-student casts and crews will present Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Lyceum next week.

    Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on May 2 and May 3. A Sunday matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. on May 4.

    “The Mousetrap” is the world’s longest-running play. The murder mystery takes place at snowbound Monkswell Manor where Giles and Mollie Ralston have inherited the inn and are trying to make a go of it, but are suddenly thrust into a challenging and dangerous situation.  

    Drama instructor Dr. Don Vaughan and student Tori Butler of Starkville, who played the lead in EMCC’s production of Vaughan’s original play “Interference” last year, are the director and assistant director.

“Back in November we had so many students to audition that I thought it would be good to have two casts so everyone who auditioned could have a part,” Vaughan said.

    “The students are getting great experience offstage and onstage. While one cast is performing, those in the other cast are working behind the scenes. They’re earning one credit hour toward their degree for their participation in the production.”

    Because the production involves two separate casts, Vaughan decided he could use some help with directing duties. He chose Butler as his assistant director due to her extensive acting credits in productions at Starkville High School, Mississippi State University’s Summer Scholars and Starkville Community Theater.

    “A lot of our actors have never acted before, so I’m trying to give suggestions from the perspective of an actor. I remind them about voice projection and using their body language instead of being reserved. And there’s a lot of stage fright to work through,” said Butler.

    “From my perspective, adding directing to my resume is great, and it’s an amazing way to get to know all of these talented people.”

    Cast One will perform on Friday and Saturday evening and Cast Two on Sunday afternoon.

    Before curtain time and during the intermission, four students will be singing some songs from 1952, the year “The Mousetrap” premiered. Betty Bryan, who teaches music appreciation at EMCC, will play the accompaniment.

    The characters and the cast members who play them are:

    Giles Ralston – Graham Young and Austin Roberson

    Mollie Ralston – Michele Smith and Jessica Rowland

    Christopher Wren – Zachary Berryhill and Ariel Gordon

    Mrs. Boyle – Mia Bell

    Major Metcalf – Charles Thompson and Chris Reagan

    Miss Casewell – Malory Horstemeyer and Jodi Peden

    Mr. Paravicini – Jeffrey Clark

    Detective Sergeant Trotter – Zach Luther

    Tickets for the general public are $10. East Mississippi Community College students, faculty and staff are admitted free, while admission for other students is $5.

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