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Christie Favorite ‘The Mousetrap’ Returns

OSWEGO, NY – “Ask and ye shall receive.”

Oswego Players’ director Inez Manor Parker has heeded the many requests by Oswego Players’ regulars to “do another Christie.”

 Pictured are “Mousetrap” cast members (front row) Bobby Fontana, Nelson Metz and Steve Standish. In back are Tammy Wilkinson, Sherri Baker and Jonathan Altman.
Pictured are “Mousetrap” cast members (front row) Bobby Fontana, Nelson Metz and Steve Standish. In back are Tammy Wilkinson, Sherri Baker and Jonathan Altman.

She is obliging by resurrecting that Grande Dame of mystery’s hugely popular, “The Mousetrap” in mid-February.

The show is an excellent choice to premiere the Players’ 2011 season.

Christie’s books have delighted countless who-done-it readers for decades.

“The Mousetrap” began as a short radio play broadcast on May 30, 1947, titled “Three Blind Mice,” to honour Queen Mary, consort of King George V.

Its basis was the true case of a death of a boy who died while in the care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife in 1945.

The play had to be renamed at the insistence of one Emily Littler, producer of another play of the same name in London’s West End prior to World War II.

Interestingly, Tom Stoppard’s play, “The Real Inspector Hound,” directed by the late Nona Turano in 1984, parodies elements of “The Mousetrap,” including the surprise ending.

An active Players’ member and director, Bobby Fontana, will reprise his role of Christopher Wren.

Fontana acted the role 13 years ago when “Mousetrap” was last presented on the Players’ stage.

He will also be honing his directing skills in the Players’ April production of “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” following up his very well received “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” last spring.

Other members of the cast include Nelson Metz, Sherri Baker, Chris and Dale Bixler, Tammy Wilkinson, Jonathan Altman and Steve Standish.

Show dates are set for Feb. 18 and 19; 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

Reservations may be made by calling the Oswego Players’ box office at 343-5138.

Tickets are $10/adults, $8/seniors and $7/students.