Category: 2009-10 Season

The Mousetrap

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Press Release
March 16, 2010

The Belleville Theatre Guild
256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville
(613) 967-1442

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap — The Real Whodunit!

Cast members, The Mousetrap, Left to Right: Corrie Allan, Ian Feltham, Bill Petch, Pat Gray (seated), Nicole Black, Tanner Rogalsky, Alex Tucker, Tom Hartke

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L to R (Photo 1): Cast members Nicole Black, Corrie Allan, Alex Tucker, Tom Hartke
L to R (Photo 2): Cast members Pat Gray, Nicole Black
L to R (Photo 3): Cast members Pat Gray, Tom Hartke, Ian Feltham, Corrie Allan, Bill Petch

Belleville: Eight people are snowed in at a guest house in England: Mollie and Giles Ralston, the owners; four eccentric guests; the unexpected guest, who turns up out of the blue after his car overturns in the snow storm; and finally a detective on skis.

Dame Agatha Christie wrote 80 detective novels. The Mousetrap is her most successful play. It was inspired by the real-life case of Dennis O'Neill, a boy who died while in the foster care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife in 1945.

It began as a 20 minute radio play called Three Blind Mice, broadcast on May 30 1947. It was commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the 80th birthday of Queen Mary, a huge fan of Christie's. She turned the play into a short story, while at the same time working on a stage version using the same plot. Since its premier, in1952, it has never stopped running in London and there have been over 23,000 performances. It is the longest continuously running play of all time.

A staging at the Toronto Truck Theatre in 1977 became Canada's longest running show, before finally closing in 2004, after a run of 26 years and over 9,000 performances.

And now, in April 2010, The Belleville Theatre Guild is proud to announce that this highly entertaining mystery story will be appearing on stage at The Pinnacle Playhouse.
The cast and crew, under the direction of Lise Lindenberg, are working away trying to evoke the feeling of the post war period. The audience will be transported back in time to the drafty old manor where the mystery unfolds. Performing on stage are Corrie Allan and Ian Feltham as the boarding house owners, Pat Gray, Bill Petch, Tanner Rogalsky, Nicole Black, Tom Hartke and Alex Tucker as Sergeant Trotter.

Producer Phil Bowerman has assembled a great crew which includes Rick Bough, Sound Design, Art MacKay doing Lighting Design and Perry Poupore is doing Set Design and painting. At the helm backstage is Wendy Tice as Stage Manager, assisted by Jason Bremner and Kimberly Armstrong.

The show runs from April 8 — the 24th at the Pinnacle Playhouse. Two Sunday matinees will be performed during the first two weeks of performances. Tickets are just $18.00 and are available by calling the box office at 613-967-1442 or by visiting our web site at

If you want to know the answer to "Whodunit", then you will need to go and see this quintessentially English murder mystery for yourself.

Submitted by
Debra Tosh