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May 2006
Whodunit? PDF Print E-mail

The Mousetrap Opens May 12

On a snowy afternoon in 1952, five travelers meet at Monkswell Manor.  As the snow cuts off all access to the outside world, someone cuts the phone line.   There are radio reports of a murder with no word as to where the murderer is hiding.  Could there be a murderer on the loose at Monkswell Manor?

This classic Agatha Christie murder mystery is the longest running show in the world.   Opening on November 25, 1952 at the  Ambassadors Theatre in London, it is still running after more than 20,000 performances.  The original Mousetrap was a 30 minute radio play, The Three Blind Mice, which was presented in honor of Queen Mary's 80th birthday.   Christie based a short story on the radio play and eventually the short story became The Mousetrap.  It was stipulated that the story not be published as a book as long as it was running as a play.  It has still not been published in the United Kingdom.  
Agatha Christie has said of the play, "It's not really frightening.  It's not really horrible.  It's not really a farce.  But it has a little of all of these things and perhaps that satisfies a lot of people."
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Auditions PDF Print E-mail
Auditions for Wild Oats will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22.  The large cast has roles for for a variety of ages and types.  We need cowboys, Indians, saloon girls, the Calvary, an evil minister, a ragtime pianist and a bear.  The pianist is a character in the show.

The plot for Wild Oats is a wacky blend of Shakespeare in the Old West, mistaken identities, barroom brawls and all out fun.  Olio acts will be performed between scenes, so a variety of talents are needed.  Brush off your tap shoes and tune up your tuba!   The audition will consist of readings from the script and improvisation.
 
Calling All Cooks PDF Print E-mail
Start pulling out your best recipes!  Work has begun on a new Pulse Cook Book.  You can drop off recipes at the show, or put them in the mail to us.  Just be sure to put your name on your recipe, so we can give you credit!
 
Players Notes PDF Print E-mail
Ellen Campbell & son Nathaniel Kohlmeier are appearing in two films by IU student director Phil McLaughlin.  Nathaniel has also been cast as the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland in the 3rd grade Spring musical.  Good luck, Ellen, with the caterpillar costume!

Dannah Dean has been "sitting in" for Jennifer Anniston in Chicago movies lately.  Her profile is similar to Jennifer's, so when they setup a shot for a train, motel, or other public places, they bring in Dannah who delivers the lines so they can check lighting, sound, etc.  Dannah may (or may not) be seen in The Breakup standing between Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn.  (She's wearing a purple cocktail waitress dress.)
 
Jennifer Poiry recently played Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown with the Highland Park Players in Highland Park, Illinois.

Alex Rader has been busy since the last newsletter.  He performed in the middle school all-state honor choir convention, performed at the annual StarZ dance recital (in tap, swing and salsa), won a gold medal at the annual ISSMA solo and ensemble contest at both the district and state level (in group 1) and was accepted in the Huntington North Varsity Singers .  Way to go, Alex!  We're proud of you.

Kayleen Reusser had two stories published in the April issue of Business People magazine in Fort Wayne.

Tony Sirk will spend the summer working for the Maine State Music Theatre .  He was recently cast in Thoroughly Modern Millie at Ball State and will direct The House of Yes  at the University next year.

Noelle Turney (daughter of Darren & Julie Turney) is the narrator and the possum in her school play Mr. McGillicutty's Garden.

Katey Wilks was featured in an article in  Fort Wayne Magazine.  She is the Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Children's Choir .

Bart Willard is the Art Director of a short film drama entitled Return due to start filming in May.  The movie was written and is being directed by Huntington University Communications Professor Lance Clark.
 
Passings PDF Print E-mail

Jim Barbieri of the Bluffton News Banner was a supporter and great friend of the Pulse. Jim helped promote us before anyone had ever heard of the Pulse Opera House.  Jim cared about his community and those in it. He was truly one of a kind and we are all better for having known him.  Thanks for 20 great years, Jim. We miss you! 


Garth Eppley was one of five Indiana University music students who died in a plane crash.  Garth was only 12 years old when he appeared in Only an Orphan Girl at the Pulse.  His talent and enthusiasm for his art was apparent even at that young age.  Our sympathies go to his family and friends.

 
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