CHHS drama students perform Agatha Christie's 'The Mousetrap' Feb. 4–7
Heights High’s drama department will perform Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” Feb. 4–7, 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. The popular murder mystery features unexpected plot twists and turns. “This play is enormously entertaining,” said David Jurns, CHHS theater teacher, and the play’s director and producer.
The play is set in an English Victorian guesthouse (bed-and-breakfast) in 1952. There are eight actors in the show, and the production will feature two casts, each performing for two nights.
“The students are having a wonderful time with this story,” said Jurns. “They are enjoying learning the accents and performing a show that pulls viewers in and then deliver a wonderful surprise."
The Heights High stage crew, under the direction of Keith Newman, the show’s technical director, has built an elaborate replica of a Victorian manor house.
“Our goal is to transport the audience back to another time and place,” said Jurns. “Keith and his crew are getting a lot of details just right to give us a wonderful set.”
Jurns has recruited an experienced theater professional to help with the show—his wife, Beth Jurns. In her role as assistant director she is coaching the student actors as they learn their lines, and created the period costumes and the publicity poster.
Senior Iyana Brown-Bey, who plays Miss Casewell, one of the houseguests, likes the variety of characters in the show. “They are all so different, it is fun when they interact and the audience learns more about their history,” she said. Brown-Bey also performed in last year’s production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and in this year’s “Guys and Dolls.” She plans to attend Columbia College in Chicago to study acting and theater.
Senior Jeanne Greminger’s character is Molly, who owns the guesthouse with her husband, Giles. “Molly is sweet, but she has a surprising past that might surprise you,” said Greminger. “This play is fun because you get to draw in the audience and enjoy the moment when the mystery is solved.” Greminger has been involved in local community theater and chorus for several years, and has worked with the Jewish Community Center’s Playmakers Theater. She is an 11-year member of the Cleveland Singing Angels. Greminger will attend Belmont College in Nashville to study music therapy.
Junior Michael Ware plays Giles, the guesthouse co-owner. “I love doing the English accent,” said Ware. “Ever since I was little, I have enjoyed doing imitations and different accents.” He also enjoys the craft of acting. “It is fun to take on a different persona and escape into that for a while,” he explained. Ware appeared in last year’s production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and, outside of school, he writes and performs rap music. After he graduates, Ware plans to pursue a career in the arts.
Tickets for the show are $8 each for adults, or two for $15, and $5 each for students and senior citizens.
Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.