Murder! Intrigue! Snow!
All of these things and more will be as much a part of Lincoln County High School’s production of “Mousetrap.”
The play, written by Agatha Christie, was a staple of London’s West End for decades, and now it’s made its way to Lincoln County.
In a small guesthouse, beset by a blizzard, a handful of strangers ride out the storm together. But when one of those strangers is murdered in cold blood, everyone becomes a suspect.
Among the cast are Johanna Ahlstrom and Lincoln Frehner as the Ralstons, who run the guesthouse. Joining them are Abigail Loverme as Mrs. Boyle, Trevor Frank as Major Metcalf, Destiny Pallaya as Mrs. Casewell, and Kassidy Mathews as Mr. Paravicini.
Sierra Philips is working as an understudy and stage manager, though you might hear her voice before the end of the play.
Cherry Larounis and Jake Lester are directing the play.
Lester speaks proudly of the cast, stating that, “some of these students are pulling double and triple time between sports and other things. They’re awesome.”
While the plot itself promises to be a wild ride, it will only be part of the immersive experience. Since the entire play will be set up in the round, the audience will feel like they’re in the middle of the action. They’ll follow the twists and turns of this rollercoaster of a mystery, and maybe solve the crime before the detective does.
The play will run from Oct. 25 to Oct. 29 at the Neldon C. Mathews auditorium in Panaca. Doors open at 7 p.m., and due to the smaller, more intimate experience, the audience is encouraged to come early so that they can get a seat. Tickets cost $8 for the public and $5 for students.