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“The Mousetrap” Hits the Stage at UMN Crookston in Early March

By Cassandra Morthera on
Friday, February 15, 2019

A theatrical performance of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" will make its debut in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston in early March. The play will run from Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. On Saturday, March 9, audiences are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to enjoy the musical stylings of the five-piece brass and woodwind quartet, “Windblown," who will also entertain during intermission at Saturday's performance. Admission for "The Mousetrap" is $6 for adults, $2 for children, and free for UMN Crookston students.

“The Mousetrap” strands seven strangers at Monkswell Manor during a blizzard. During their time there, a policeman arrives concerned that a murder-at-large is among the guests who are stranded. Before the policeman can begin investigating, one of the guests is killed, and another guest may be next. Will the policeman be able to solve the case before another “mouse” is killed? The longest running play in theatrical history will intrigue audiences of all ages.The Mousetrap Cast

Under the direction of Associate Professor George French and Ken Mendez, the cast includes eight UMN Crookston students, including Harsha Praveen, a senior majoring biology in from Plymouth, Minn.; Caroline Colbert, a post-secondary enrollment option student from Euclid, Minn.; Austin Holweger, a sophomore majoring in biology from Mahtomedi, Minn.; Emma Howey, a senior majoring in equine science from Rutland, N.D.; Anthony Kampa, a sophomore majoring in software engineering from St. Cloud, Minn.; Mathias Braun, a junior majoring in animal science from Gray Eagle, Minn.; Hannah Colbert, a post-secondary enrollment option student from Euclid, Minn.; and Navjot Singh, a senior majoring in software engineering from India. 

Lauren Wallace, a sophomore from Bloomington, Minn., majoring in sport and recreation management, also played a key role in the planning and public relations for the play.

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses that comprise the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs and 25 minors on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. Visit

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota.

Standing left to right: Harsha Praveen, Navjot Singh, Mathias Braun, Austin Holweger and Anthony Kampa

Sitting left to right: Caroline Colbert, Emma Howey and Hannah Colbert


Cassandra Morthera

University Relations 


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