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Cast can’t wait for the Mousetrap

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The Playgoers of Lethbridge’s enthusiastic new cast are looking forward to the performing in Agatha Christie’s reknown murder-mystery/farce, the  Mousetrap, which runs Feb. 3-6 at the Yates Theatre.
“Some people are adrenaline junkies and jump off buildings, I don’t need to do that, I just get on stage,” enthused Andrew Merrigan, who looking forward to playing the Justin Masson (Sgt. Trotter) and Jeff Graham (Paravicini) rehearse for the Mousetrap. Photo by Richard Ameryflamboyant and scarf changing Christopher Wren in this 1952 production, which is about a group of eccentric characters trapped in a cabin by a snowstorm, when a murder occurs.
“I like the fact that he’s (Christopher Wren) really innocent and that I can play on that fact,” Merrigan continued adding he is enjoying his first outing on stage with Playgoers.
 The characters’ eccentricities have been enhanced in this production, for example Wren will be changing scarves every scene.
 “I think definitely the people. This is exactly what you look for when you volunteer for something like this,” Merrigan said of his favourite part of being part of the Mousetrap.
“It’s pretty together. There’s a great amount of energy so that makes it fun,” said Justin Masson, who plays Sgt. Trotter, who must solve the murder.

“Everything you wanted to get away with in real life, you can get away with on stage,” grinned Jeff Graham, who is enjoying playing the mischievous Paravicini.
“We could be doing a lot of other things with our spare time, spending time with family, friends, but we’re doing this because we enjoy it,” he continued.
“Working together to put something together that people will really enjoy is the best feeling in the world,” he said.
The cast are enjoying exploring their characters’ eccentricities.
“I like to make mischief but Paravicini does it on a grand scale,” Graham laughed.
“There’s a lot of layers to him (Sgt. Trotter) So I’m enjoying peeling them away. There’s lots of subtleties to him,” observed Masson who is also making his stage debut with Playgoers.
“I’m getting a little nervous but as soon as we’re on stage, for four days it will be an adrenaline rush,” Merrigan said.
The rest of the cast includes Christina Haska as Miss Casewell; Angela Gabert as Mollie Ralston;
Nancy Bridal as Mrs. Boyle and Craig McCue as Giles Ralston.
The Mousetrap runs Feb. 3-6 at the Yates Memorial Theatre at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets cost $20.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
A version of this story is also in the  Feb. 3 edition of the Lethbridge Sun-Times


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— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
A version of this story is also in the  Feb. 3 edition of the Lethbridge Sun-Times
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