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Community theater group Chief Players to perform Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’

Luke Graham

Nina Rogers playing the part of Mrs. Boyle shares a scene with Bill Cousins playing Major Metcalf in Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap." The production opens with a 7 p.m. performance Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available at All That Jazz or at and are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

— Chief Theater Director Scott Parker knew Steamboat needed an acting troupe and community theater back in town.

"It was a no-brainer to get this troupe up and running," Parker said. 
Enter the Chief Players, a group of theater-loving people, which is set to debut Friday its first play, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap."

The show opens at 7 p.m. at the Chief Theater. Performances continue at 7 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 8 and 9 as well as at 4 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 10.

"It's the prototype ‘who dun it,’" Howard Bashinski said. "It's a fun and interesting choice."

Doors open 30 minutes before the show starts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased at All That Jazz or by clicking here.

"The Mousetrap" had the longest initial run of any play in history, making its debut in London in 1952.

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The play follows individuals at a guesthouse where one is murdered. All guests are suspects and questioned. Eventually, one turns out to be the murder.

"It's a mystery in the fullest," Bashinski said.

For the Chief Players, it’s a return of community theater on which the group hopes to grow.

Bashinski, who moved to the area two years ago after doing theater in Milwaukee, said when he heard the Chief Theater was for sale, he immediately had the itch to get back to doing theater.

"The first thing that came to my mind was we have to do local theater," he said. "Eventually, I met Thomas (Miller), and we turned out to be kindred spirits."

The play features eight cast members and more than 25 total people working on the play.

The group has spent eight weeks making sets and rehearsing. Bashinski said the goal of the group is to make community theater a regular thing.

The group already has an adult take on Shell Silverstein's poems set for January. Bashinski said the group would like to do three plays in the next year. He wants to do a comedy in the winter and a musical in the spring.

Bashinski encouraged any person interested in participating to get in touch with the Chief Theater by calling 970-871-4791.

"We expect the best from everybody,” he said. “I hate the saying, 'Well, it's just community theater.' There is none of that attitude around here."

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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