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Adapting Agatha

The Marshall Area Stage Company is putting on one of longest-running plays in history

March 26, 2011
By Cindy Votruba

MARSHALL - Three blind mice, see how they run.

And in true Agatha Christie fashion, there are twists and turns to keep an audience guessing in this upcoming mystery being put on by a local community theater.

The Marshall Area Stage Company is presenting Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the American Legion in Marshall. The show will also be performed April 8 at Bootleggers Supper Club in Granite Falls and April 10 at Tracy Area High School.

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Photo by Cindy Votruba
Mark Bosveld and Stacey Voit rehearse a scene from the upcoming production of Agatha
Christie’s “The Mousetrap.”

"The Mousetrap" has been the longest-running show in the history of theater since it opened in 1952 in London and Christie's mysteries resonate with director Maureen Keimig.

"I've been a fan of hers since forever," Keimig said about her love of Christie's work. "It's hard to figure out who her killer is in the mysteries. She always surprises you."

Keimig said she had to change some of the stage direction of the show because the stage area in the upper floor of the Legion is smaller than what the set calls for.

"So we had to adapt," Keimig said. The show takes place in the Monkswell Manor living room. Keimig said platforms were added to extend the stage out.

Another adaptation included having Jim Radloff's character, Detective Sergeant Trotter, coming through a window instead of the front door because of backstage limitations.

Keimig also wanted her actors to take on an "authentic English accent" for the show. She said she's glad they've caught on to using it during rehearsals.

"That was a challenge and I am proud of them," Keimig said.

Kayla Lindberg, who portrays Mollie Ralston, said she's been watching a lot of British comedies to get the accent down, plus studying dialect exercises.

"We've been watching a lot of 'Faulty Towers,'" Lindberg said.

Besides having to do an English accent for the show, Lindberg said she has another challenge.

"This is the first time I've ever been a main character,"?Lindberg said. "It's a lot harder than I?expected."

Actors said they share Keimig's love of mystery plays. Stacey Voit, who plays Miss Casewell, also enjoys Christie's mysteries, including "The Mousetrap."

"I?read it as a child,"?Voit said. "That's why I?auditioned."

Mark Bosveld said his character, Christopher Wren is flamboyant.

"It's fun because I?get to do stuff I?don't normally do, steal things, hide behind curtains," Bosveld said. "'The Mousetrap' is a very, very famous show. It's fun to fool the audience."

"It's fun working with what we know and direct the audience," Radloff said. "We don't want to give away who the person is." And that is one thing Keimig doesn't want revealed until the end of the show.



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