The Mousetrap Oct. 5-21, 2012 Sitnik Theater of the
Lackland Center Professional Equity Theatre
Agatha Christie's Classic Murder Mystery,
The Mousetrap, Will Captivate Audiences** At Centenary Stage
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". 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.
Playwright: Agatha Christie
Patrons Rave About The Mousetrap at Centenary Stage Company!
"It [The Mousetrap] is incredible because it premiered
on the London stage in 1952 and is still running, 60 years later!"
"The Daily Telegraph called it ''the cleverest murder mystery ever written for the British theater.'' "
"Here's the good news: New Jersey fans don't have to cross the Atlantic to see an absolutely first rate production
'The Mousetrap.' "
"...the very creative folks at Centenary Stage Company premiered their faithful version of "The Mousetrap." We
the play in London in its 40th year and the production we saw this week in Hackettstown is the equal to London."
"First: the set is perfect... Second: There is the matter of the cast; perfect again, director Carl Wallnau
has a terrific
cast of eight, all but two are Equity professionals... Third: the superior Agatha Christie "whodunit" plot
"Christie nicely keeps us guessing with a good number of "red herrings" right up to the closing
"All eight of the cast are excellent, however the acting skills of the senior members, Kathleen Huber, David
and Alan Coates are particularly impressive."
"Of the younger members, Megan Davis as Mollie, at the center of most of the activity, is very effective."
"Director Carl Wallnau... repeats his winning ways with a terrific change of pace with this excellent production
"The Mousetrap." The London folks have to be pleased. You will be too."
"Credit also to Wallnau's production staff including these keys members:...Kathryn China Hayzer...Bob Phillips...
Matthews...Colin Whitely...Julia Sharp" Rick Busciglio, New Jersey Footlights [Full
"If you are a mystery fan then there is nothing better than an Agatha Christie mystery...the first lady of
most famous plays, in the current production of Centenary Stage Company, 'The Mousetrap.'"
"...a funny, thrilling, and fascinating character study"
"...director Carl Wallnau...has staged a very captivating production which is more than worth the price of the ticket."
"...cast is filled with talent and each player fits very strongly into the drama. All...had impeccably
good accents as well."
"Kathleen Huber is wonderfully cranky and highbrow as Mrs. Boyle...embodies this ex-magistrate character in all ways."
"Alan Coates as Major Metcalf...plays everything quite understated and subtle, which is perfect for this role."
"Ashley Kowzun plays Miss Casewell...funny as she does things to annoy others...also does show some moments
and empathy with great skill."
"Kevin Sebastian...very good as Detective Sergeant Trotter...has a very expressive face...says so much with his
his sideways looks...charming and fun to watch as he grills each of the others."
"...two cast members...stand out among the other fine players...Dave Edwards...steals some scenes with his
scene stealer is Thomas Leverton...truly delightful and very talented."
"...is a finely executed production with a very functional and interesting set and lots of fine acting."
"I hope you...enjoy being tricked as much as I did."
"And if you go see this fine show, don't spoil it for anyone else once you know who the killer is."
"So head out to the very comfortable Sitnik Theater...and prepare to get caught up in 'The Mousetrap.'" Janine M. Torsiello, Morris Beats [Full
"The Mousetrap opened in London's West End in 1952 where it has since
run continuously. It has played more
than 24,000 performance and is the longest running stage play in theatre
"The production's best performance is that of Megan Irene Davis who brings a nervous intensity to her kindly,
but overwrought Molly."
"Jon Mulhearn brings dimension to the role of her husband, Giles."
"By fully capturing the familiar stereotype of Mrs. Boyle in a no nonsense manner, Katherine Huber strongly
the groundwork for the entire production.
"Despite the apprehension and chills that the play evokes, being snowbound at Monkswell Hall with her cast
characters takes us out of ourselves and places us comfortably in the cocoon of her world."
"...effect is enhanced by Bob Phillip's large, detailed and evocative set for the stone, turreted Manor House
the detailed period costumes of Julia Sharp."
"Director Carl Wallnau has elicited detailed, quirky performances from his cast."
"...the Centenary Stage production of The Mousetrap skillfully serves up an old fashioned, rewarding and
evening of classic mystery." Bob
Rendell, Talking Broadway Regional News and Reviews [Full
"The Mousetrap has never stopped running because it delivers a smashing
"Paravicini & Mrs Boyle Centenary’s production, directed by Carl Wallnau, is simply superb."
"On a beautiful set, created by Emmy-winning Broadway set designer Bob Phillips and enhanced by the
absolutely inspired lighting
design of Ed Matthews, the tale unfolds."
"The cast is wonderful... Mrs. Boyle is played to perfection by Kathleen Huber..."
"The English accents are done so well that we are not sure which, if any, of the actors are actually English. This is
of pros who know what they are doing."
"Those attending the Centenary production are asked, as London audiences are, not to reveal the surprise final twist."
"It’s worth reasserting that the Centenary Stage Company is a fully professional, Actors Equity theater company
that this is not a student production." Sheila
Abrams, nj arts maven [Full
Photo Gallery - Centenary Stage Company - Oct. 5-21, 2012
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Gallery Photos by Bob Eberle
The Cast 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.
Megan Davis (Hackettstown) is playing 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.
Jon Mulhearn (Pennsylvania) is playing Giles Ralston. Mr. Mulhearn has most recently performed at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, playing roles such as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood.
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."
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
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Set Design: Bob Phillips
The David and Carol Lackland Center's 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.
Open Captioning (OC) / Accessibility
In conjunction with the NJ Theatre Alliance, a matinee performance (date to be announced) of The Mousetrap will feature
the Open Captioning service. Open Captioning Service in New Jersey's professional theatres is an initiative sponsored
by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance to assist patrons with hearing impairment, while enhancing the overall theatrical
experience. Tom Muza of McCarter Theatre notes, "we have learned that the program benefits a wide segment
of our audience, not just the ones who know they are hard of hearing. Patrons with hearing disabilities may
contact the box office for more information about special pricing.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM, Thursdays at 7:30 PM (Family night, with special rush seat
pricing of Two-for-One available at the door), with additional matinee performances as shown on the following calendar schedule.
Centenary College opens the special Centenary Brunch to the public
on Sundays, in the dining hall of the Lackland Center.
Serving from 11-1:30 PM, the brunch includes a traditional Breakfast Buffet, plus a Carving Station,
Deli Counter, Luncheon Entrée, and more. The Brunch is priced at only $8.25, and no advance reservations are required.
The Centenary Stage Company has found its new home with construction the Carol and David Lackland Center (located at 715 Grand
Ave, Hackettstown), completed in August, 2010. With a 22,000-square-foot performance space, the facility is the most sophisticated
performing arts venues in northwest New Jersey. The center includes a new state-of-the-art 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater),
a black box theater (The Edith Bolte Kutz ’42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, a costume shop, green room and dressing
rooms. In addition to housing the theatre, the 68K square foot Lackland Center is home to a variety of cultural activity, and
including WNTI, the College's listener-supported public radio station, CCTV, Centenary's Comcast-licensed television studio,
and gallery space for visual artists.
Named in honor of Carol Burgess Lackland, A Centenary graduate (Class of 1954), and her husband, David A. Lackland, a Centenary
College Trustee, The David and Carol Lackland Center, has been designed to enrich student life and bring new cultural opportunities
to northwest New Jersey. ...more(including photos, progress reports, and 'Tour Lackland with Carl')
Lackland Center Seating
Sitnik Lower Level Seating Seats assigned on a best available basis.
Seating Seats assigned on a best available basis.
Tickets for The Mousetrap are available for purchase online using our Secure
by calling (908)979-0900 or in person at the Lackland Center. See full details on our 'How To Order' page.
Subscription Flex Passes:
Golden Flex Pass (all 25 events incl. Curtain Up & Family Series)
Pick Ten Flex Pass (any ten events)
Pick Seven Flex Pass (any seven events)
Pick Five (Any five events)
FLEX PASSES ARE FOR CSC EVENTS ONLY AND DO NOT INCLUDE BLUES BASH OR
NUTCRACKER. YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHOOSE FLEX PASS EVENTS IN ADVANCE.
Individual Tickets*** Individual Tickets are:
Theatre Plays (Except Wizard of Oz)
Matinees/Fridays Adult $25.00 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12
Saturday Adult $27.50 Sr/Stu $25.00 Child under 12 $17.50
Thursday (Family Night) ALL SEATS $25.00
Wizard of Oz
Matinees/FridaysAdult $27.50 Sr/Stu $25.00 Child under 12 $20.00
Saturday Adult $29.50 Sr/Stu $27.50 Child under 12 $20.00
Thursday (Family Night) ALL SEATS $27.50
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How
Season Concert/Dance Events(in advance):
Concerts and Special Events
ROBERT KLEIN Orchestra $40.00 Balcony $35.00
Orchestra plus pre-show reception $55.00
VIP $100.00 (Includes post-show reception with artist) *
Donna McKechnie ALL SEATS $35.00 Advance ($40.00 day of event)
New Jersey Ballet Adult $27.50 Sr/Stu $25.00 Child under 12 $15.00
Le Vent du Nord Adult $25.00 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12 $17.50
Kathy Kosins Adult $22.50 Sr/Stu $20.00 Child under 12 $15.00
Hot Club of Detroit Adult $25.00 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12 $17.50
Limited to 60 people; tickets available only via the Box Office
Limited to 50 people; Contact CSC for Workshop Details
Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main stage productions.
However, they are permitted
to CSC’s Young Audience and Family
Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances.
Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation
for individual shows.
ALL CONCERT TICKET PRICES ADD $5.00 DAY OF PERFORMANCE.
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How To Order.'
Senior: age is 65+
Student: anyone who can prove full-time student classification (ID may be required for verification
purposes) no matter the institution (whether it's High School or College)
*** NOTE: Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main
stage productions. However, they are permitted to CSC’s Young
Audience and Family
Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances.
Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation for individual shows.