JCU Theater Society attempts first murder mystery play: ‘The Mousetrap’

By Lydia Smith

This March, students and faculty from John Cabot University will have the opportunity to attend a production of Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’, the world’s longest running show. This is the first ever murder mystery play to be performed and produced by the John Cabot University Theater Society.

With only seven weeks to rehearse and prepare, things are already moving quickly for the student run society. Auditions were held the second week of classes, a cast and crew were announced shortly after, and rehearsals are already underway. Remarkable progress for a fairly young society in the first few weeks of the Spring 2016 semester.

Producing one of the most well known plays of the 20th century is quite an endeavor, but Co-President Joey Armenio is confident in the strengths and abilities of his team to create an exciting production. “This production will only be possible with the hard work and determination from our cast and crew. We really can’t do this without them.”

In the past, JCU Theater Society focused on acting games, short plays, and improv skits for their weekly meetings. This year, under the new leadership, the group decided to take a more active role in the JCU club community. This included a fresh logo, brand new Facebook page, updated mission statement, and a never before attempted feat: a full-length murder mystery.

“We decided to challenge ourselves and perform the play before spring break, in order to give our actors and crew an enjoyable and stress-free vacation. After seven intense weeks of rehearsals and line memorization, they’ll have earned in,” stated Armenio. “Our cast and crew is a great combination of degree seeking and study abroad students, with incredible talents and gifts, who all have a common passion for theater.”

First performed in the London West End in 1952, ‘The Mousetrap’ has continued to entertain and surprise audiences for over 60 years. Famously known for its ending, the identity of the murderer is one of the best kept secrets in theatrical history. At the close of each show, a cast member comes out onto the stage to ask the audience to keep the ending a secret. This is how the show has played continuously for the past half century.

In keeping with that tradition, the JCU Theater Society is asking potential audience members to avoid researching the play and come ready to support their classmates and be immensely surprised. For those who have seen the play before, the cast and crew are encouraging them to tell their friends and professors to come and see a marvelous production.

‘The Mousetrap’ will be playing March 22-23 in the Aula Magna at Guarini Campus. For more information and updates please like the John Cabot University Theater Society Facebook page or contact the JCU Theater Society at theatersociety@johncabot.edu

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