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The Mousetrap (Mystery)
Sponsored by the Ron Venderly Foundation

By Agatha Christie
Directed by Reuben Albaugh

October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 2014
Doors open at 6:15, Dinner at 7:00, Show at 8:00

French Bread with Butter
Apple Waldorf Salad
Stuffed Pork Loin
Fresh Sweet Potatoes
Broccoli Florets
Pumpkin Torte


The world's longest running play! Now celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in its 60th year!

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Doors open at 6:15, Dinner at 7:00, Show at 8:00

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Actor Bios

NAN DURANT (MRS. BOYLE) is happy to be back at Arena Dinner Theatre, having previously appeared as Mrs. Stanley in The Man Who Came to Dinner. She is a long-time stage manager at Civic, but every once in a while she takes a turn on the boards. She last appeared on stage for Civic as Betty in The Farnsworth Invention. Other favorite roles include: Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady; Nana the Dog in Peter Pan; roller skating Betty Blast in Footloose; Sr. Berta in The Sound of Music. Nan would like to thank Reuben for allowing her to portray the always loveable and charming Mrs. Boyle! 

PAUL FAULKNER (Christopher Wren) is thrilled to return to the Arena stage for this production, having appeared as Craig in last season’s Laughing Stock.  Most recently he appeared with members of this production in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Civic.  Prior to that he appeared mostly on Chicago area stages, where he played Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar among other roles.  He is looking forward returning to Chicago in the fall of 2015 to join a brand new acting company.  

TYLER HANFORD (Giles Ralston) is making his Arena Dinner Theatre. He has been acting for around five months now as his first role was as a member of the ensemble in the Civic Theater's production of Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels during the summer. He is a 5th year senior at Ball State University where he is majoring in Creative Writing with a focus on screenwriting. When he's not at school, rehearsal, or on I 69 driving to one or the other, he enjoys writing about his experiences working at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in a sitcom he created. He would like to thank Reuben for giving him the opportunity to continue in his new found appreciation of the theater and for introducing him to the Arena Dinner Theater. 

KEVIN KNUTH (Mr. Paravicini) was last appeared on the Arena Stage in the popular Same Time, Next Year for which he won a Best Actor award.  Well known to Arena audiences, he has appeared in Any Wednesday, Social Security, True Life Christmas Disasters, The Marriage Go Round, and Plaza Suite.   He won a Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Almost Maine.  He also serves on the Board of Directors at Arena.  "This is a fun cast and crew to work with," he said.  "I am humbled to be sharing the stage with such talent and to be involved in this production.  A special thanks to Reuben Albaugh, for allowing me this opportunity, and Kathy and Kayla for all they work they do to bring this show to life every night." He would like to thank his wife, Sharon, for her love and support.   "Acting requires many hours of rehearsal.  Not every spouse would be so understanding and encouraging.  I am a lucky man."  In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his overly energetic dog, and best friend, Tucker,  They can often be seen in the early morning hours walking through the West Oakdale Neighborhood, where Kevin and Sharon reside. 

AIKATERINI MAKRIDAKIS (Mollie Ralston) is very excited to be back at Arena Theatre working on this amazing show with such a wonderful team. Aikaterini is a recent graduate from Ball State University, where she received her BFA in Acting. Some of her most cherished past roles include Annabelle Oakanogan (Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout), the Caravan Wife (The Water Station), Mercy Miggot (A Christmas Carol), and her time spent in the ensemble at Arena during Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She hopes you enjoy the show as much as she’s enjoyed working on it! 

GLORIA MINNICH (Miss Casewell) was most recently seen in Blithe Spirit at Arena.  Other shows at Arena include Laughing StockSame Time, Next Year, Stepping Out, Plaza Suite, Almost, MaineAny WednesdayLast of the Red Hot LoversVanitiesCrimes of the Heart, and Death By Chocolate at Arena.  She appeared in The Road to Mecca, Durang: 5 Comedies in 1, Private Livesand Proof at the Civic Theatre and You Can’t Take It With You, Henry IV, and Eleemosynary at First Pres. Theatre.  When not onstage, she teaches drama and dance classes at area schools.  She is a member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company, which performs in schools across Indiana.  This past summer she spent time in England and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also saw the 25,723rd performance of The Mousetrap in the West End in London.  She is honored to now be a part of The Mousetrap tradition alongside this fantastic director, cast, and crew.  She would like to thank her loved ones for their encouragement and support.  She dedicates this show to those that have left this life too soon, especially her friend, Terry McCaffrey, and her mom, Clara. 

JORDAN PLOHR (Detective Sergeant Trotter) is no stranger to the stage, this is his first appearance at Arena Dinner Theater. A recent graduate of Wabash College, his credits there include Harpagon in The Miser, John Arscott and Major Ross in Our Country's Good and Lane in The Importance of Being Earnest. Jordan is delighted and grateful to Reuben for the opportunity to be part of this amazing cast. He would like to thank his friends and family for being so supportive, especially Jennifer who encouraged him to audition. Also, if you want to be several steps ahead of everyone around you for the duration of the show: the butler did it. 

TOM SCRIBNER (Major Metcalf) was last seen on the Arena stage as Richard Marshall in Busybody for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award. More recently he served as Stage Manager for the production of Company. His all-time favorite role at Arena was Carl Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music. For that performance he won the Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Award. Other credits at Arena include; 1776, Baby, The Fantasticks, Tin Types, See How They Run, Death by Chocolate, The Odd Couple, The Butler Did It, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Tom has also appeared in many productions at the Civic Theater, University of St. Francis, and First Presbyterian Theater. 

 

REUBEN ALBAUGH (Director/Set Designer) has acted, directed, designed, and stage managed at IPFW, First Presbyterian Theatre, the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, and the Arena Dinner Theatre.  Some of his acting credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Corpus Christie, You Can’t Take it with You, Seussical the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, The Tempest, andEurydice. His directing credits include Stepping Out, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Love Passion and RedemptionIn bed with…, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Some of his design credits include The Curious Savage, D.C. al fineMoon for the Misbegotten, Purely Dance, and The Jungle Book. Albaugh currently works as the Box Office Supervisor for the Special Events Box Office at IPFW and the beginning drama instructor at the Fort Wayne Youtheatre. He holds his BA in Theatre from IPFW (2004).  

KAYLA DOUCET (Assistant Stage Manager) graduated from Capital University with a major in Psychology and minor in Theater Studies. While at Capital, she participated in Petite Jean Performance Festival and Fat Tuesday Debutantes improv group. The Mousetrap is her first turn at assistant stage managing. Kayla is excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with the cast and crew.  

KATHY PELTER (Stage Manager/Assistant Director) is no stranger to Fort Wayne theatre, this production begins her 36 year of involvement.  Kathy began backstage, under the tutelage of Bill Wunderlin and Darrell Monroe, two of the greatest Stage Managers the city has ever seen (in her humble opinion).  She is a recipient of a Technical Anthony from Fort Wayne Civic Theatre as well as the Marlene Niccum Award here at Arena.  Kathy has been in over 25 Fort Wayne Youtheatre productions, as well as several here at Arena, including Sr. Mary Hubert in Nuncrackers andNunsensations and Mrs. Waldgrave in The Nerd.  Kathy would like to thank Reuben Albaugh for knowing just where she needed to be in this production, and for allowing her to “take control” of something in her life.  She would like to thank the entire cast for being that “something”!

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