Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In the Wings: The Mousetrap. Meet Dean Murray Hunter.

Dean Murray Hunter plays Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap, the first production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Agatha Christie.

Dean auditioned for the show for several reasons.

"There are so many plot twists and complex characters," he said. "As you read a line, you realize it means something else and relates to another character. Also, I have worked with Susan Kisinger in the past and loved it."

Dean also shared information about Major Metcalf.

"Metcalf arrives at Monkswell Manor as a lodger in this newly opened guest house," Dean said. "He is retired, but not much else is explained about him in the script. I envision him as a widower who seeks solace in the country and goes through the grieving process after his wife died."

Dean concluded by describing what it is like to work in a small cast.

"There is a chance to be more aware of people's lives outside the show," he said. "I've learned about the other actors including David Dietz, who plays Giles Ralston, and Allen Banning, who plays Paravicini. There's an intimacy that comes with being in a small cast, and that can be transferred onto the stage."

The Mousetrap runs three consecutive weekends from September 4-20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site,

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