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Murder and Mystery in Menomonie

Agatha Christie classic The Mousetrap sets trap for theatergoers

Hannah Mumm, photos by Timothy Mather |

London’s longest running play is coming to the Chippewa Valley. Beginning April 28, the Menomonie Theater Guild will stage a production of The Mousetrap, a fast-paced thriller based on an Agatha Christie short story. Set in post-World War II London, the play delivers enthralling historical culture complete with British accents and period costumes. The Mousetrap follows a group of acquaintances isolated in a dark rural home by a winter storm. Stranded far from civilization, a police visit reveals that one of them has been murdered. The killing was cryptic; everyone is a potential perpetrator. As snow and confusion suffocate them, fear and frenzy ensue. Desperate to identify the killer, they begin an investigation. Secret after horrifying secret is revealed, but the killer remains anonymous. Dead ends and confusion are abundant until – in the play’s final seconds – the culprit’s identity is revealed. Traditionally, the audience is asked not to discuss the murderer’s identity after the play. Though the twist ending can be found online, it is best to go into the show blind. Snag your tickets, then let suspense crawl up your spine as you watch the characters’ agonizing search for the cold-blooded killer lurking among them.

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie • Presented by the Menomonie Theater Guild • 7:30pm Friday-Saturday, April 28-29 and May 5-6; 2pm Sunday, April 30 and May 7 • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St E, Menomonie • $15 general admission, $12 for seniors, students, and military • tickets available in person at the Menomonie Theater Guild Box Office, 502 W. Second St., Menomonie or menomonietheaterguild.com • (715) 231-7529 • mtgtickets@gmial.com