Was it Mr. Paravicini (Rob Storrs) with the poker?

When Rob Storrs takes on a character, he fully delves the depth of the role. His portrayal of Mr. Paravicini is no exception.

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PP: So tell us a little bit about your character…

Rob: Paravicini is outrageous in scope, poking holes in polite staid social standards with his laughter.  The police procedural is demolished by his brazen disregard.  He is such an obvious facade, yet his truth is taken at face value — a Rolls Royce in a snow drift?  Really?!

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Mr Paravicini (Rob Storrs) evades Detective Trotter’s (Steve Elderbrock) questions while Miss Casewell (Kristy Sutton) eavesdrops ever-so-inconspicuously. 

So come out this weekend and see what you can make of Mr. Paravicini’s evasive and suspicious manner. You only have 2 more chances to see this “captivating” play.

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Which suspect will Detective Trotter (Steve Elderbrock) ultimately accuse?

A profile in which we get the exactly the kind of earnest answers we would expect from resident wise-cracking actor Steve Elderbrock.

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PP:  Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing. 

Steve: I have the immense fun of playing the detective sent to investigate the case. I’ve always wanted to play a detective, so this is a great thrill.

PP:  Are you apprehensive walking through doorways now?

Steve:  Only the doorways of snow-bound manor houses.

PP:  Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that’s your favorite? Why?

Steve:  Things really get rolling the 2nd Act, and I like the scenes in which I am lecturing to the whole rest of the cast – it makes a great tableau. I enjoy seeing how the other actors react to me and each other…that is fun to be part of. I also enjoy the one-on- one interrogation scenes I have with the other characters. In other words, I pretty much enjoy it all.

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Detective Trotter questions inn owner Mollie Ralston (Kristen Livengood).

PP:  What are you excited about?

Steve:  Answering actor profile questions.

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OK. Now we’re making this face too.

PP:  Alright then, what do you think audiences will like about The Mousetrap?

Steve:  Who doesn’t like a good mystery? I think audiences will enjoy trying to figure out the clues and who the murder (or murderess) may be. I’ve even suggested we should take a poll of the audience at intermission…

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PP:  What challenges have you encountered with this play? and how has that helped you grow as an actor?

Steve:  This is the largest role I have played in my 5 years of being involved with Parkway Playhouse, and the largest role I’ve had in a play in about 10 years, so I have discovered my memory is not quite as sharp as it once was. The biggest challenge has been learning (and remembering) lines, especially lines like: “Ah” and the repeated questions that I ask again and again but in slightly different ways. Beyond that, this has been a fun play to be part of, and after being in both of the plays Jeff Messer directed this year, I am a big supporter of his; he’s a wonderful director, and easy to work with (and for). He helped alleviate my fears and concerns about my memory (and my acting ability).


If you want the chance to ask Steve a few questions of your own, join us for the Sunday performance and the talk-back session afterward. 

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Was it Giles (Graham Livengood) with the hatchet?

We won’t tell you if Graham Livengood plays a victim or a killer in this show, but we will tell you  that he’s the mastermind behind the murder-mystery dinner-theatre event at the NuWray Inn… in addition to playing Giles Ralston in The Mousetrap.

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PP: What do you think audiences will like about The Mousetrap? 

Graham: It’s twisty! You’re not going to see it coming. You’re just not. Agatha Christie did an amazing job of creating the details of a murder, giving you some obvious suspects, and finally implicating every single character. Everyone is a suspect, everyone is suspicious. If you watch the show a second time, you’re going to see a completely different show with nuances that you couldn’t see the first time around.

PP:  Would you rather be trapped with a killer     A) on a deserted island     B) on a moving train   C) in a secluded inn during a snowstorm?

Graham: Definitely on a deserted island. I’ve watched a lot of Survivor so I think that qualifies me as a survival expert, which will really help. I’m a pretty good swimmer but super afraid of octopuses. Not sharks. Octopuses are the real menace. Maybe I could lure the killer into the water for the octopuses…
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Shhhhhh!  But, Honey! …the Octopus!

PP:  What challenges have you encountered with this play? and how has that helped you grow as an actor?

Graham:  This show has been a great exercise in accent work for me. It started out with the director asking for a Cockney accent. The problem is that you can’t understand Cockneys, at least not easily. I had to find an authentic accent that’s very close to that, but won’t give you a headache trying to understand.

PP:  Has The Mousetrap inspired you as you created the story-line for Kill Me Tender?

Graham: Yes, The Mousetrap has definitely inspired me. The twists have to be twistier, the mystery more mysterious, and the characters have to be so far over the top that we eventually raise the bar too high.
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You can even solve the mystery yourself at our dinner-theatre event…

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Was it Mollie (Kristen Livengood) with the rope?

From improv comedy, to musicals, to comedies, to managing and keeping Parkway Playhouse running, to acting and directing, to teaching Parkway Playhouse Junior classes… Kristen Livengood might be at the end of her rope! Fortunately for us, she loves the theatre and channels her many talents for your, the audience’s, enjoyment.

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Kristen: I play Mollie Ralston who owns and operates Monskwell Manor Guest House with her husband Giles Ralston (played by my real-life husband, Graham).  This is her first attempt at running a guest house and this is the first group of people who come to stay.  She is a bundle of nerves wanting everything to go well, so she definitely struggles to keep a smile on her face when her guests are unhappy with the events that take place.

PP:  What do you think audiences will like about The Mousetrap?

Kristen:  I think it will be fun for the audience to try and figure out who the murderer is.  The first night we had crew helping during tech week, they all thought the murderer was a different person.  Also, if an audience member sees the show for a second time after knowing who the murderer is, I think they will see a completely different show because they will know why a certain person reacted a certain way to different situations.

PP:  Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that’s your favorite? 

Kristen:  I really enjoy performing in Act 2.  Act 1 is full of exposition and Mollie spends a lot of time learning about who is staying in the guest house.  Act 2 is full of tension and it’s really fun to try and discover who Mollie can trust.  I think my favorite part – although it’s a bit frazzling – is during Act 2 when Mollie begins to wonder if her own husband is capable of committing murder.  That is definitely when she starts to become unglued.


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Was it Miss Casewell (Kristy Sutton) with the large knife?

You’d think Detective Trotter (Steve Elderbrock) would quit walking through that door… but no. Now he’s discovered yet another suspect.
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PP:  Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing. Does your character have motive, opportunity, or means? 

Kristy:  I play Leslie Casewell. Like the other characters, she is mysterious and not quite what she seems. Miss Casewell is a worldly young woman, in a time where that was not acceptable. She’s very confident, serious, bold, and calculated. She definitely likes to keep her distance from the other guests… that is, unless she can use them to her advantage.

PP:  What do you think audiences will like about The Mousetrap?

Kristy:  The characters and the plot are both complex and amusing. I think it will be challenging for them to spot the killer. Everyone is shady, everyone has motive, and everyone has opportunity. Everyone is a suspect!

PP:  What made you decide to audition for this play?

Kristy:  Truly, it sounded like a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery?! As a child, I loved the quirkiness of the movie Clue, and this play definitely has that vibe.
Add to that the fact that The Mousetrap is by far the longest continuously running play in history. It opened in London in 1952, and has been running since then.
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Agatha Christie gave it 8 months. She would be shocked to know that it’s still going 65 years later! A play with that kind of longevity has to be amazing!
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Come see Kristy behave suspiciously and join in the ongoing tradition of seeing Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap!
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You may even get to join her in solving the crime at the NuWray Inn..

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Was it Cristopher Wren (Dakota Mann) with the candlestick?

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PP: This is your first time performing here, isn’t it… Tell us a little bit about yourself… what you do in your “other” life?

Dakota:  I’m an Asheville native, who graduated from North Buncombe High and currently a part of the theatre program at Blue Ridge Community College. For a couple years, I have been performing in theatres around Western North Carolina, mainly the Montford Park Players, HART, and the Magnetic Theatre. I’m thrilled to my first show at Parkway Playhouse in The Mousetrap.

PP:  What made you decide to audition or for this particular play?

Dakota: The Mousetrap was one of the first plays that I saw when I was in high school. I loved the show, and was a reason that I started doing theatre. While watching it, I was intrigued by Christopher Wren and he became a dream role of mine. A few years later, while working a show at HART, my friends Chelsey Mirheli and Jennifer Russ told me that I needed to audition this season at Parkway, especially to play Wren. I went to auditions and still can’t believe that I got the part.

PP:  Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that’s your favorite? 

Dakota: My favorite scene is around the middle of the play with the conversation between Wren and Mollie that is deep and emotional. It goes deep into Wren’s psyche and gives some details on why he is neurotic. Plus, I get to act alongside Kristen in this scene, who is phenomenal as Mollie. Also Graham, who shows up at the end of the conversation for a fun, yet possibly threatening, interaction between Wren and Giles.

PP:  What do you think audiences will like about The Mousetrap?

Dakota: This play will hook audiences as it makes them feel like a detective. They will try to piece the clues together in order to solve the mystery, and there are many clues. As a matter of fact, audiences might want a second viewing just to catch clues that didn’t catch before and see the characters from a different perspective. Also, everyone in the show is fantastic in their roles and will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Be sure to see the show opening weekend, so that if you do want to take Dakota’s recommendation and see it a second time, you have plenty of opportunities.
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Was it Major Metcalf (Doug Shaw) with the pistol?

Doug Shaw is no stranger to Parkway Playhouse, but this is his first show this season!

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PP:  So, tell us a little bit about the character you play in The Mousetrap.

Doug:  I play Major Metcalf, a retired British Army Officer.  He is very square shouldered and military like in his interactions with others.  He tries to be very jovial, funny, and a help to everyone except one.  He seems to have no motive but plenty opportunity.  He is there on what should be a pleasant vacation, but isn’t.  He keeps getting hounded by the police sergeant.  The ending is amazing.  I auditioned to play him because I am a retired US Army Major.  I thought it would fun to do it.

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PP:  Without giving anything away, do you have a favorite scene?

Doug: My favorite scene is the last scene that I am in.  Just wait and see why.

PP:  What’s it like working with Rob Storrs and Jeff Messer?

Doug:  These are two very good friends of mine.  I have shared the stage with both many times, but this the first time I have been directed by Jeff.  The three of us have a very good time when together.  We are constantly laughing, joking, etc.  Both of them have been an inspiration to me and helped me become a better actor.  I have learned a great deal from them over the years.  One thing I admire about them is, they are true professionals.  They take a lot of pride in their work and strive hard for perfection.  It is evident in all rehearsals.  This show has been fun.

Don’t forget about our opening night party (Saturday, September 30 @ 7:30pm)! It’s a great time to hang out with friends after the show and enjoy some yummy treats.

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