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Murder-mystery kicks off season

Sunday, September 7, 2008

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Castmembers of "The Mousetrap" rehearse a scene Thursday night. Pictured clockwise from right are: Jackee Collins, playing Miss Casewell; Christina Bachew, cast as Mollie Ralston; Kerry Davis in the role of Giles Ralston; Stephen Austin, who portrays detective Sgt. Trotter; and Charles Palmer in the role of Mr. Paravicini. Performances begin Thursday.
(Michelle Felter, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston Little Theatre's 50th season will begin with some mystery.

"The Mousetrap" will be presented by the theater group at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Albritton-Mayer Cultural Center, 506 S. Kingshighway.

"It's a classic murder-mystery by one of the greatest authors ever, Agatha Christie," said Mike Marsh, director. "They don't get any better than Agatha Christie when it comes to a murder-mystery play. It's got lots of twists and turns and interesting characters."

"If you're looking for a good murder-mystery with a lot of plot twists and turns, this is the play for you," agreed Abby Reeve of Sikeston. "Right when you think you have it figured out, it changes on you."

Reeve plays Mrs. Boyle, a character "you love to hate in the play," she said. "She's very bossy and stuck-up, so it's fun to play."

Set in the late 1940s outside of London, Marsh said, the play is the story of what transpires after a the Ralstons, a young couple, welcome six visitors to their guest house.

"She is very inexperienced at running a guest house but extremely positive -- she's very mothering and cares about each person," said Christina Bachew of Sikeston about her character, Mollie Ralston. "She's an 'in your corner' type of person."

The Sikeston Little Theatre's production also includes Sikestonians Jeremiah Reeve as Christopher Wren, Charlie Palmer as Mr. Paravicini, and Jackee Collins as Miss Casewell; Charleston residents Stephen Austin as Sergeant Trotter and Carey Davis as Giles Ralston; and Darrell Wood of Risco who plays Major Metcalf.

"Four of those people -- half the cast -- are first-timers for the Little Theatre: Carey, Stephen, Christina and Jackee," Marsh said. "We always welcome new people."

"It's exciting to see new faces -- people who have never done plays before and then for some of the cast it's old hat," Bachew said. "It's nice to have a nice collage of people with different experience."

As this is the opening show for the Sikeston Little Theatre's 50th season, the SLT will also be celebrating the many familiar faces.

"Before the start of each performance, we're going to recognize anyone who has ever been in a Little Theatre production, acting or backstage," Marsh said. "We really don't know over 50 years how many people have been involved in our plays but we know it's got to be over 2,000 different people, at least. It's been a part of the community for a long time."

Assisting Marsh in directing will be Kearsten Collins and Dianne Jarvis, daughter of the SLT's first president, Earl Jarvis.

"I think its exciting," Jarvis said of the 50th season celebration. "I'm looking forward to the year to see what comes about."

Season memberships and advance tickets are available by calling the theater at 481-0255; at Collins Music in downtown Sikeston; or at the door.