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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

October 18 – November 5
A Murder Mystery Play by Agatha Christie
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
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Suspect Everyone!

The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. It opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously ever since. It has by far the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place on November 18, 2012. The play is known for its twist ending, which the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.

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Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners

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A Note from the Director…

Welcome to Monkswell Manor.  I’m sure you are all wondering why I’ve gathered you here tonight.  We all have our secrets, and I think with all your particular skills and a bit of luck, by the end of the evening we will have solved… a murder.

Back on October 6th, 1952 at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham the first audience sat, just as you are sitting now, to enjoy a new play by Agatha Christie.  In the 65 years since that day The Mousetrap has been keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.  After just a few weeks in Nottingham, the show moved to The Ambassador Theatre on the West End on November 25, 1952.  It moved to St. Martin’s Theatre in 1974 without skipping a single performance, and it has been playing there ever since.  This historic play is unprecedented in the length of its run, and the author is the best-selling female author of all time (she is only outsold by The Bible, and William Shakespeare).

As you watch the show this evening I have no doubt that you will see the incredible influence that Ms. Christie has had on our contemporary entertainments.  Her twist endings are so influential that they have become almost ubiquitous in modern entertainment.  She influenced so many contemporary authors, playwrights, and screenwriters that her (then original) ideas have nearly become clichés.

We are so glad you are here.  As the leaves change and the temperatures drop we enter my favorite time of year around Amish Acres… when it gets not only more beautiful with fall color, but also a little bit more spooky.  We have been looking forward to telling you this suspenseful tale and hope that you enjoy it as much as we love performing it for you.  Don’t forget:  Mum’s the word!

Amber Burgess

The Mousetrap Cast


Molly Ralston


Randa Meierhenry

Giles Ralston


James Powers

Christopher Wren


Martin Flowers

Mrs. Boyle


Katherine Barnes

Major Metcalf


Travis Bird

Miss Casewell


Elizabeth Ferris

Mr. Paravicini


Charles Burr

Detective Sergeant Trotter


Ryan Schisler


The Mousetrap Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director


Amber Burgess



Amber Burgess

Production Stage Manager


Garth Moritz

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer


Ashley Alverth

Sound Designer


Shayna Graverson

Lighting Designer


Time Becze



Mikaela Brielle

Properties Master


Ryan Schisler



Amber Burgess

Associate Casting


Joe Ford and Ryan Schisler

Box Office Manager


Glenda Pietzrak

Legal Representation


Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer


Ryan Schisler



Act I

Scene 1: The Great Hall of Monkswell Manor. Late Afternoon

Scene 2: The same. The following day afer lunch.


Act II

The Same. Ten minutes later.


Cast Biographies

Amish AcresKatherine Barnes (Mrs. Boyle)  holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University. Originally from Missouri, she now resides in Chicago. Katherine is ecstatic to return to the Round Barn Theatre as a core company member for the 2017 season. She was last seen on the Joseph Stein Stage in A Christmas Story the Musical (Mrs. Schwartz/Chief Elf/Nurse.) Other credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Yente), Nuncrackers (Sister Mary Hubert), The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon), 110 in the Shade (Mrs. Jenkins/Ensemble), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), Jack and the Beanstalk (Narrator/Lucia), and Paradigm (Cecilia/Erica). 

Travis BirdTravis Bird (Major Metcalf) is delighted to be joining the 2017 Round Barn Theatre season! Some of his favorite theatre credits include Jesus in Godspell and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family Wells Community Theatre, Jaxson in the World Premiere of Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy, Shrek (U/S) in Shrek The Musical and Roger in Grease, all with The Round Barn Theatre. He also recently returned from a nine-month tour directing and playing Smee in Peter and Wendy with the Missoula Children's Theatre. He had a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ball State University. In his spare time, Travis loves collecting Coca-Cola merchandise, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Charles Burr (Mr. Pravicini) has been the Artistic Director of the Tibbits Summer Theatre ( for the last 27 years. This summer he directed Footloose, The Fox on the Fairway and appeared in Damn Yankees. His credits at Round Barn include directing The Diary of Anne Frank and Fiddler On the Roof as well as appearing as Dr. Chumley in Harvey

Elizabeth Ferris (Miss Casewell) is thrilled to be making her professional debut here at Round Barn! Hailing originally from East St. Louis, Illinois, she is a recent BFA Acting graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. Her favorite credits there include The Shape of Things (Evelyn), Ladyish (Sage/Elinor), and Dead Man's Cellphone (Mrs. Gottlieb). Elizabeth also enjoys working with costumes, recently working as First Hand on IL Wesleyan’s production of The Crucible. "Thanks to Mum and Dad, always." 

Martin FlowersMartin Flowers (Christopher Wren)  is incredibly grateful to return to the Round Barn Theatre for the full 2017 season! Growing up in Nappanee, Martin graduated from NorthWood High School in 2012. He then attended Goshen College, where he studied Theatre and Music. He made his debut on the Joseph Stein Stage in the summer of 2016 as Jimmy in Crazy for You and Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof. Favorite roles include Vince in Tape, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and The Lord of the Underworld in Eurydic. In his free time, Martin enjoys running, playing video games, and playing music with his brother. He would like to thank his family, friends, and girlfriend for their support, as well as his mentors in the area who have helped him get to this point. 

Randa MierhenryRanda Mierhenry (Molly Ralston) Far from her home in Lincoln, Nebraska, Randa is thrilled to be in Indiana for the first time ever! Though she misses the corn and Husker football, 2017 has given her some amazing opportunities away from home. In March, she worked in Abilene, KS with Great Plains Theatre on their Live Literature program, and a few months later, she moved over to Kansas City, MO to join the Musical Theatre Heritage as Sally in their production of The Who's Tommy. When she isn't working on theatre, Randa enjoys strumming her ukelele, snapchatting her little sister, and playing Scrabble with anyone who's willing to challenge her. She would like to thank her entire family for their endless support, especially her beautiful mother, without whom she would be lost.

James Powers (Giles Ralston) is an actor who is currently based out of Huntsville, Alabama. He is a graduate from the University of Montevallo and spent time in Birmingham, Alabama where he performed regularly with various theatres in the area. Some of his favorite roles include The Monster in Young Frankenstein, Rob in High Fidelity: A Musical, and Eddie in the Rocky Horror Show. He has also taught children's improvisation and acting while a resident of Birmingham. James would like to thank his family, friends, and most of all his girlfriend, Hannah, for their continued love and support! 


Amish AcresRyan Schisler (Detective Sergeant Trotter) is an actor/singer/director from Owensboro, KY and is thrilled to be back at the Round Barn Theatre for his 3rd year! A graduate from Murray State University, Ryan studied Television Production and there discovered his love and passion for the Theatre. Ryan has worked at numerous theatre's around the US, his most recent one being Nebraska Theatre Caravan where he toured the East Coast performing as the Ghost Of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol. Previously, you may have seen Ryan as Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins or Reverend Oglethorpe in Smoke on the Mountain - among many other shows. Ryan would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support, “I couldn’t do it without all of you!” 


Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Designer) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She has previously worked in the costume departments of The Elgin Opera, Carmel Montessori Academy and the film Ovid and the Art of Love. Her designs made their debut at the Round Barn Theater last year with the Theatre for Young Audiences productions of Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck and Ms Nelson has a Field Day along with the final production of the season A Christmas Story. If you would like to see more of Ashley's work, check out her website 

Amber Burgess (Artistic Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA).  Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 31 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT).  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas and  practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5

Shayna Graverson (Audio Engineer/ASM)  is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in Audio Engineering. Shayna was born and raised near RBT in Bremen, where she found her passion for music. She was in both choir and band, and also ran the sound for Bremen's musical productions. Graverson is thrilled to be working for RBT with the tech team. In Shayna's spare time she enjoys playing and watching soccer, viewing movies, listening/playing/recording/mixing music and being out in nature. Graverson's favorite part of audio is the mixing process and aspires to mix audios for movies in the future.
Nathan Mittleman (Music Director) returns to The Round Barn Theatre in this new role after appearing in such shows as 42nd Street, Once Upon a Mattress, and Plain and Fancy. A Chicago-based actor, he has worked with the Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Theatre at the Center, Porchlight Music Theatre, Light Opera Works, and Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences. He also recently choreographed and assistant directed The Nance with Pride Films and Plays. BFA: Indiana University. Proud member of AEA and associate member of SDC. 

Alan Menken (Composer) Alan Menken’s music and lyrics have become an integral part of the fabric of our lives since his first works were produced nearly 40 years ago.  His stage musicals include God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of HorrorsKicks, The Dream on Royal Street, Beauty and The BeastA Christmas CarolWeird RomanceKing David, The Little MermaidSister Act, Leap of FaithNewsies, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.  Song and score credits for film musicals include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The BeastNewsiesAladdinPocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre DameHerculesThe Shaggy Dog, Home on the RangeEnchanted, Tangled and Mirror Mirror.  Individual songs for film include Rocky V - “The Measure of a Man”, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – “My Christmas Tree”, Life With Mikey – “Cold Enough to Snow”, Noel – “Winter Light” and Captain America: First Avenger – “Star Spangled Man”.  Television credits include writing songs for Sesame Street, the ABC mini-series Lincoln, a musical episode of The Neighbors and the ABC series Galavant.  His chart topping songs have included “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World”, “Colors of the Wind” and “Go the Distance”. Winner of the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk awards for his score for Newsies, he has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including eight Oscars® with 4 for Best Score and 4 for Best Song; 11 Grammy® Awards (including Song of the Year for “A Whole New World”); 7 Golden Globes; London’s Evening Standard Award; the Olivier Award; the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award.  Other notable achievements include induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard’s number one single (“A Whole New World”) and number one album (Pocahontas).  In 2001 he received the distinction of being named a Disney Legend.  Awarded two doctorates in Fine Arts from New York University and the North Carolina School of the Arts.  In 2010 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Alan’s upcoming works include a stage production of A Bronx Tale, a City Center’s Encores series production of God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, a live-action film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, a Sony animated movie titled Sausage Party, an as-yet-untitled film musical project at Universal Pictures.

Garth Moritz (Production Stage Manager)  is originally from Arkansas, but has been living and working in Chicago for the past three years. Chicago Credits include "Singin' In The Rain" and "How to Succeed..." at The Marriott Theater, "Sweeny Todd" with Porchlight Music Theatre," and "Les Miserables" with Different Stages Theatre in Huntington, IN, as well as many others. 

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser, and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 31 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.
At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing.
In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Glenn Slater (Lyricist) co-created Disney's 2010 worldwide smash Tangled (2011 Grammy Winner, 2010 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee), as well as the Broadway and international hit musicals Sister Act (2011 Tony nominee - Best Score) and The Little Mermaid (2008 Tony nominee - Best Score, Grammy nominee - Best Cast Album), and, most recently School of Rock (2015). With longtime collaborator Alan Menken, he is Executive Producer and Lyricist for the ABC-TV musical comedy series Galavant, and has also written songs for the Disney animated film Home On The Range (2004) and the Broadway musical Leap of Faith (Tony nominee - Best Musical, 2012). In the West End, Glenn provided both book and lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies (2010 Olivier nominee - Best Musical), the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Other work includes an Emmy-nominated song for the ABC-TV comedy The Neighbors (2013), and the stage revue Newyorkers at The Manhattan Theatre Club (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Glenn is the recipient of the prestigious Kleban Award for Lyrics, the ASCAP/Richard Rogers New Horizons Award, and the Jonathan Larson Award. He is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and a member of both ASCAP and the Dramatists' Guild.

Bill Steinkellner (Book) Award-winning television and screen writer: "Cheers" and Disney's "Teacher's Pet" (Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAS, Writers Guild and People's Choice Awards). Book writer (with wife, Cherri): Sister Act the Musical (London Palladium, Hamburg, Broadway 2011), Princesses (Goodspeed, 5th Avenue). Writer/director (with Paul Reubens): the original Pee-wee Herman Show (Groundlings, Roxy Theatre, HBO). Creator/director: Instaplay, L.A.'s first all-improvised musical-comedy. Author: the L.A. Times bestseller Postcards From the Moon.

Cheri  Steinkellner (Book) Cheri Steinkellner has won four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, The People s Choice, BAFTA, Writers Guild Award, Parents Choice and TV-Land Legend Awards, for writing and producing Cheers (recently named one of the Top 10 Best Written Comedies in TV history), and The Jeffersons, Facts of Life, Family Ties and Who's The Boss, and for creating the acclaimed Disney animated Saturday morning TV series and feature film, Teacher s Pet. A 2011 Tony-nominee for Sister Act (with husband Bill Steinkellner, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater); Cheri has also written Princesses (with Bill, David Zippel and Matthew Wilder); and book and lyrics for Mosaic (with Georgia Stitt), and Jailbirds on Broadway (with Bill and Jeff Rizzo). Other stage includes Our Place, and Instaplay - L.A. s original - and longest-running - improvised musical-comedy. An Indy Award winner and Ovation nominee for Hello! My Baby, Cheri currently teaches writing at Stanford and UCSB and directs youth theatre in beautiful Santa Barbara, where she and Bill raised their three favorite children/writers/ artists: Kit, Teddy, and Emma.

Douglas Carter-Beane (Book) Beane's Broadway play The Little Dog Laughed received the GLAAD media award for best play, and was also nominated for a Tony for best new play. His other works include As Bees In Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Music From A Sparkling Planet and The Country Club. He wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his play Advice From A Caterpillar which won Aspen Comedy Festival's best feature. His film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar was produced by Steven Spielberg, was the number one film in America for a month and is now a television favorite. The Big Time, Beane's first musical, received rave reviews last year and his next musical, a stage adaptation of the film The Bandwagon is slated to open on Broadway later this season. Fascinated by non-traditional forms of theater, Beane has written the revues, White Lies and Mondo Drama and this season a live theatrical soap opera, The Cartells. As artistic director of the New York theater company Drama Dept. he produced over forty productions, including acclaimed revivals of As Thousands Cheer, June Moon and The Torchbearers and world premiere works by Paul Rudnick, David Sedaris and Wendy Wasserstein. His new play, Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost, Too will open next season in New York and he is currently developing a television series for producer Lorne Michaels. He resides in New York City with his partner, composer Lewis Flinn and their son, Cooper.

Riley Woods (Lighting Designer) is a recent graduate from Goshen College, with a degree in Theater, concentration in design and tech.  His main focus is in lighting design, but he is also interested in stage management.  He has been lighting designer at Goshen College for all four years, with six mainstage designs, in addition to numerous one-acts and senior theater recitals.  Favorites include Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Godspell (2012 Revised Version) by Stephen Schwartz, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, and Tape by Stephen Belber.  He has also completed his own senior theater recital.  Although Woods is from the small town of North Manchester, IN, he hopes to move to a big city, and end up freelance lighting design and stage management.  This show at Round Barn Theatre will be a great addition to his resume.

amish acresThe Mousetrap

Theme Dinner: October 20

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942

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