Trap the mouse in the play
WITH a cast that ranges from 19 to well past retirement age the Coffs Harbour Amateur Theatrical Society's (CHATS) latest production promises to appeal across the age groups.
The group's October production will see the company take on the world's longest running play - Agatha Christie's The Mouse Trap with the show running October 17 to 27 at the Jetty Theatre according to production manager David Tune.
"Everybody knows Agatha Christie for her Who Done it books but she was a very prodigious play-write," David explained.
"The Mousetrap started as a radio play - it was well received and was then adapted for the stage. It opened in the West End in 1952 and has been running ever since - it celebrated its's 25,000 performance in 2012 and is the world's longest running play."
CHATS is also a bit of an institution in it's own right in Coffs Harbour, starting back in 1982 and has been "going strong ever since" producing three shows a year.
And according to David while members fluctuate with the productions there are around 100 members and a committee which is a mix of ages - just like the cast for this forthcoming production.
For those who have never seen it The Mousetrap revolves around a group of diverse characters, snowed in at a Guest House in country England with a murder in their midst.
Who can it be?
One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
The Coffs Harbour production features an eight-member ensemble cast which mixes the enthusiasm of youth with the experience only age can bring.
For David it's a family affair with his wife Dee directing her first non-musical production while elder daughter Libby, 19, is part of the cast.
While two other members of the cast are also young, there is a good mix of ages particularly too with veteran local thespian Jenny Beatson, who will play "crusty old battleaxe" Mrs Boyle, and Mark Fifield, who takes on the role of Major Metcalf, adding their experience to the production. Not that too much can be given away about the Mousetrap.
As David explains audiences have always been asked to "keep the secret" at the West End performances and it's something that CHATs hopes their audiences will do too.
Mousetrap will run from October 17-27. Go to jettytheatre.com/ the-mousetrap for more.