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Friday, Apr. 29, 2016

Mystery, murder, mayhem and a Mousetrap

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Performing the murder-mystery favorite "The Mousetrap" this weekend will be Cascade High School students, from left, Sierra Cortner, Diamond Cullen, Ashlynne Miller, Chris Potts, Chantal Jouquin, Jesse Obara, Travis Poole and Bernadette Murillo.
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This weekend The Black Curtain Players of Cascade High School will present "The Mousetrap" in three performances in the school's auditorium.

Written by Agatha Christie, the murder mystery is well-known as having the longest "initial run" of any play in history, now in its 60th year of performances in London's West End.

Shocking find

The play is set in 1952, in the great hall of a manor home run by a young couple who have started a guest house. As the guests arrive they become snowed in together and later welcome another visitor -- a refugee from the storm. The group reads in the newspaper that a murder has occurred in London.

The next day a policeman arrives on skis, telling the group that he believes the murderer is on the loose and on his way to their hotel. When one of the guests is killed, they realize the killer is among them.

Finding a killer

The characters set out to solve the second murder, re-enacting the event and accusing one another. The whodunit ends in a twist, sure to surprise even the most experienced sleuths.

Traditionally the audience is asked at the end of each performance to not reveal the identity of the killer to anyone, making sure the play is not spoiled for future audiences.

If you can keep a secret, join the Black Curtain Players this weekend. The cast includes Chantal Jouquin, Bernadette Murillo, Christopher Potts, Tyler Hickman, Travis Poole, Jesse Obara, Ashlynne Miller, Diamond Cullen, Sierra Cortner, and Antonio Hiles.

"The Mousetrap" will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Cascade High School's auditorium. Admission is $3.