Judson Theatre brings Agatha Christie classic 'The Mousetrap' to the stage

TV icon Alison Arngrim will return to Judson Theatre Company (Morgan Sills, Executive Producer and Daniel Haley, Artistic Director) in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.

Arngrim, known worldwide for her portrayal of devious Nellie Oleson on TV’s Little House on the Prairie, will play the role of the exacting Mrs. Boyle.

The Mousetrap opens Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Nov. 20 at Bradshaw Performing Arts Center’s Owens Auditorium (3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst).

Arngrim joins a cast which includes Judson Theatre Company returnees Danielle Standifer (tick, tick … BOOM!) and Matthew Tyler (Witness for the Prosecution). Making their JTC debuts are Todd Baker, Megan Hoxie, and Calvin Noble. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) remains the world’s bestselling modern author, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare, with over 2 billion books sold. She is also the most successful female playwright of all time.

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary in London’s West End and still the longest continuously-running play in the world, The Mousetrap opens Judson Theatre Company’s tenth season.

Adapted by Christie herself from her short story, “Three Blind Mice,” this classic British murder mystery is a timeless tale of “whodunit.” Seven strangers are stranded at Monkswell Manor during a blizzard.

There’s been a murder nearby, and the killer is still at large. When the police sergeant arrives, worried that the murderer may be among the guests of the Manor, he initiates an investigation into the lives and histories of everyone there. One of them is the killer, and another one of them may be the next to die. Will the police be able to solve the case before another “mouse” falls?

The performance schedule for The Mousetrap is as follows:

—       Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 at 7 p.m.

—       Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

—       Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

—       Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.

To purchase tickets to The Mousetrap or request additional information, please visit http://judsontheatre.com/. Discounted Group Rates (10+), student and military tickets are available.

Alison Arngrim (Mrs. Boyle) is best known to viewers worldwide for her portrayal of the incredibly nasty “Nellie Oleson” on the long running hit television series Little House On The Prairie.

She is the New York Times Bestselling author of Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, and her one woman show Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, has now become a worldwide phenomenon, having been performed to packed houses in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Maui, P-Town — and all across France, where Alison performs entirely in French to standing room only crowds in her all French version titled: Confessions d’une Garce de La Prairie.

Her recent films include For the Love of May, The Last Place On Earth, the French detective comedy, Jean Pierre Mocky’s Le Deal and the hilarious Christmas comedy, Make the Yuletide Gay.

As a stand-up comedian, Alison has headlined at nightclubs such as the Laugh Factory, the Comedy Store and the Improv in Los Angeles; as well as the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York and assorted comedy venues all across the United States and Canada.

“We loved having Alison here in 2017 for Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, and we’re thrilled to welcome her back as we celebrate both the 10th Season of Judson Theatre Company and the 70th Anniversary of The Mousetrap.” states Executive Producer Morgan Sills (Broadway’s Of Mice and Men, Shear Madness)

“Once again, we have an unbeatable combination that our audience will love — Agatha Christie, Alison Arngrim, and the world’s champion longest-running play!” says JTC’s Artistic Director, Daniel Haley.

Judson Theatre Company is the recipient of the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award for excellence in professional theatre, and multiple Broadway World Raleigh Awards.

Twice a year, Judson Theatre Company brings noted talent from Broadway and Hollywood to perform in a series of professional productions designed to enrich the cultural fabric of North Carolina.

Previous productions include Twelve Angry Men starring John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), On Golden Pond starring John Davidson, Love Letters starring Hollywood icon Tab Hunter and TV favorite Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company), Driving Miss Daisy starring four-time Emmy winner Michael Learned (The Waltons), To Kill a Mockingbird starring Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair), and Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch) and Rex Smith (Solid Gold).

For more information, visit http://www.judsontheatre.com.

Feature photo: Alison Arngrim.

Courtesy photo/Contributed.

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