The Mousetrap

By Agatha Christie

Directed by Jan Levine Thal

The Mousetrap is a 1952 murder mystery play by Agatha Christie, and is the longest continuously running play in modern history. The play is known for its twist ending, which audiences are asked not to reveal after leaving the theater. The production includes opportunities for the audience to win prizes by correctly guessing the identity of the murderer. A family friendly play — no cursing, no nudity, mild violence.
Mollie and Giles Ralston have just opened Monkswell Manor, a new bed and breakfast in rural England. Five guests arrive in a heavy snowstorm. Despite the impassable roads, a policeman shows up on skis, asking each of the characters about their connection to wrongdoings in the past. Everyone begins to suspect one another. When someone in the house is found dead, everyone becomes a suspect. As individuals confess to false identities and shady pasts, the plot thickens.

Produced by Red Bud Players at Columbus High School, 1164 Farnham Street, Columbus, WI

Performances: May 8-17, 2015

Performance Times:
7 pm May 8, 9, 15, 16 and 2 pm on May 17

Ticket Prices: 10.00

Call 920-326-5554 for reservations or more information.

Auditions will be held on the following days:


7 – 9 pm Sunday, March 22 or Monday, March 23
(with possible call backs on Tuesday evening)
At Columbus High School, 1164 Farnham Street
(Rehearsals are Sundays through Thursdays starting Sunday March 29 through May 8)

Characters [ages are approximate — don’t let age keep you from auditioning]
Mollie Ralston – 20s or 30s
Giles Ralston – 20s or 30s
Christopher Wren – 20s or 30s
Mrs Boyle – 40s or older
Major Metcalf – 40s or older
Miss Casewell – 20s or 30s
Mr Paravicini – any age
Detective Sergeant Trotter – any age

Auditioners will be asked to read from the script. An English accent is desirable but not required. Nobody has been pre-cast, everyone has an equal chance at a role.
Please bring calendars and be prepared to provide an accurate list of conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. Once you have committed to being present, no further conflicts are allowed.

For more information please email Jan Levine Thal at