Lyric Arts sat down with director of The Mousetrap, Matthew McNabb, to see if we could get any clues about this hilarious murder mystery. LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular mystery play interested you.
MM: I am a little boy at heart so murder mysteries and suspenseful plays are right up my alley! On top of that, The Mousetrap is probably the most famous murder mystery of all time.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap can you tell us about the show?
MM: Newlyweds Mollie and Giles Ralston have turned Monkswell Manor, a once regal estate, into guest house. As they welcome their first guests, the news on the radio relates the story of a murder in London. A blizzard rages outside and the guests and hosts are snowed in. Connections with the London murder arise and as the story unfolds, we find that no one is who they appear to be…
LA: Can you tell us a little bit about the playwright, Agatha Christie?
MM: Agatha Christie, affectionately nicknamed the “Queen of Crime”, was an English writer of novels, short stories and plays. She wrote over 80 detective novels and countless plays and short stories. She is credited as the most important and innovative writer in the crime genre. She is the best selling writer of all time and only the bible has outsold her collected body of work.
LA: This is your third time directing with Lyric Arts, tell us about your experience and why you like directing here?
MM: The Pirates of Penzance was the most fun I have ever had in the theater and Wait Until Dark was probably my most successful and creatively satisfying production. This production has already eclipsed both experiences. The people make Lyric Arts an amazing place to work, from the committed and driven board and administrative staff to the top notch designers and production team.
LA: You grew up performing in Lyric Arts production at the Pocket Theater and the Main Street Stage. How did Lyric Arts affect your life?
MM: Without a doubt, Lyric Arts changed my life. Lyric Arts instilled a passion for theater, the arts, and community that I will never relinquish. This is a passion that I hope to instill in my theater students at Anoka High School. I am appreciative beyond words for the opportunities that I have been granted from Lyric Arts. My most fond childhood memories are at the old Pocket Theater.
LA: Tell us what is something that you are particular excited about this show coming to together.
MM: The set, lights, and costumes are shaping up to be gorgeous. However, I am most excited to see the audience react to the show! They will laugh, scream, cringe, and guess up until the very last second!
This is pure entertainment at its best! Do not miss your chance to see this wonderful production!