By Adam Greenberg
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The opening night performance of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” took place Nov. 30 in the Little Theater in Lincoln Hall.
The opening night of “The Mousetrap” had approximately 40 attendees. The Little Theater holds about 80 people. “The Mousetrap” is a murder mystery story about strangers being trapped in a mansion manor during a snowstorm and a murder being committed. They soon discover one of them is the murderer.
Stages, a community theater group, presented the play at Camden County College. The characters in the play include Mollie Ralston, Giles Ralston, Christopher Wren, Mrs. Boyle, Major Metcalf, Ms. Casewell, Mr. Paravicini and Sergeant Trotter. The play was directed by Donald Swenson.
One of the members of the audience, Jason Smith, 22, of Millville, had acted in “The Mousetrap” at another theater a couple of years ago. He had played the character of Christopher Wren. Smith said, “It brings back memories. It’s interesting to see a different actor portray the character that I had played once before.”
Another member of the audience, Christine Tanjutco, 41, of Cherry Hill, expressed her feeling about the show during intermission. Tanjutco said, “I think it’s great.”
Joy Hubbard. 59, of Mount Laurel, said she relished playing the role of Mrs. Boyle in the Stages production. Hubbard said, “I loved playing a bloody, nasty woman.” Hubbard said she also enjoyed the experience of working on the show. Hubbard said, “It reminds me how I loved acting.”
Josh Carpenter, 34, of New York City and Philadelphia, who played Sergeant Trotter, said he enjoyed the experience of performing in “The Mousetrap.” Carpenter said, “The thing that I enjoyed most about working on this play is getting to be the secret bad guy and showing the gun at the end.” Carpenter added this is his first play with Stages.