What has got Mollie Ralston (Andrea Markiewicz) all in a tizzy? You’ll have to come and see The Mousetrap to find out.

Mousetrap springs at Capitol

The Mousetrap, a mystery, based on a short story, opened in the West End of London on Oct. 6, 1952, and opens at the Capitol on Friday.

Portal Players Dramatic Society opens its 2012-13 season with a classic  Agatha Christie whodunit, The Mousetrap. This mystery, based on a short story, opened in the West End of London on Oct. 6, 1952, and has been running continuously ever since.

An isolated guest house, a blizzard, secrets and tragedy, and a group of diverse and eccentric guests are the ingredients of this classic.

A murder has recently taken place in London. Mollie and Giles Ralston (played by Andrea Markiewicz and Graham Merke), the young, newly-married owners of a once-regal estate, hardly notice the news. They are far too busy preparing for the arrival of their first guests and concerned that the blizzard raging outside may hamper them.

One of the guests has a connection of some sort to the murder victim—but what is it?

The diverse and mysterious guests in The Mousetrap are played by local talents Debbie Arnet-Myrfield, Gittan Klemetsrud, Lance Koivunen, Wayne Moore, Dan Oliver, and David McGarry. One of these guests will be the next victim.

Will the murderer be unmasked in time to save the rest of the guests?

The Mousetrap has kept audiences guessing about these answers and many more for more than six decades—much longer than author Christie predicted.

Join Portal Players and director Scott Lowe as they present this classic play during the Players’  “Mystery Month at the Capitol”.

But don’t give away the ending.

The show runs every Friday and Saturday night in October, opening Friday, Oct. 5. A special Halloween show is slated for  Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Advance tickets are available online (www.atthecapitol.org), Rollin Art Centre, and at the theatre box office, open Monday to Thursday, 2–6 p.m. or at the door. Tickets cost  ($13 for students and seniors and $15 for adults in advance and $16/$18 at the door.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

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