What: Pentacle Theatre celebrates the return of live performances to its intimate stage in West Salem with an audience favorite: Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit murder mystery, The Mousetrap, directed by David Cristobal and assistant director Emma Thurston.

When: Friday, Oct. 8 – Saturday, Oct. 23. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays–Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22 about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.

Made possible by the generous support of The Family of Alice Mary Norton.

Know before you go:

  • Tickets are available at pentacletheatre.org. Click the “Buy Tickets” button at the top of the webpage.
  • All tickets are for a general admission No reserved seating is available. Patrons who require accommodation should contact Lisa Joyce at 503-409-3971.
  • Ticketholders will be seated in socially distanced groups on a first come, first served basis. Doors open one hour before each performance. Please arrive early to queue up for the best seats.
  • To attend The Mousetrap, all ticketholders must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance.
  • You must also wear a mask inside and outside the auditorium at all times while at Pentacle Theatre. Face shields, bandanas and gaiters are not permitted.
  • Actors are tested each week to ensure they can safely perform without a mask.

Prices: Tickets are $25 per person with half-price tickets available to individuals who are frontline health workers or who hold an Oregon Trail Card.

About the show: After a local woman is murdered, the staff and guests at Monkswell Manor guesthouse find themselves stranded during a terrific snowstorm. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates everyone: the newlyweds running the guest house, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a dissatisfied jurist who makes life miserable for all, a retired Army major, a spinster with a curious background, and a strange man with an unplaceable accent who claims his car overturned in a snowdrift.  It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate. This entertaining murder mystery features a brilliant surprise ending from Dame Agatha Christie, the foremost mystery writer of her time.

The cast: In order of appearance—

  • Sarah Aldrich as Mollie Ralston, proprietor of Monkswell Manor guesthouse.
  • Michael Buss as Giles Ralston, Mollie’s husband who also runs Monkswell Manor.
  • Carson Abrahamson as Christopher Wren, a hyperactive and peculiar young man who’s running away from something but refuses to say what.
  • Laura Davis as Mrs. Boyle, a critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes.
  • Ed Schoaps as Major Metcalf, who retired from the army, but little else is known about him.
  • Kimberly Maione as Miss Casewell, an aloof woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood.
  • Tom Wrosch as Paravicini, a strange man of unknown provenance with an unplaceable accent, who claims his car has overturned in a snowdrift.
  • Clyde Berry as Detective Sergeant Trotter, who arrives at the height of a snowstorm on skis to question everyone about a recent grisly murder and find the killer.

Pentacle Theatre affirms, promotes and celebrates the participation of all, without regard to race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or socioeconomic status.

# # #