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Nona Willet

Park Rapids native to star in theater production

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Park Rapids native, Nona Willet, is part of the cast of Summit Productions "The Mousetrap," to be presented Saturday, Feb. 28, March 1, 7 and 8 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. Willet will play "Miss Casewell," an unusual woman with a cynical view of the world in this classic "whodunit" tale by Agatha Christie.

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  Nona Willet grew up in Park Rapids. After high school she moved to Bemidji and attended Bemidji State University where she participated in a couple of productions. She spent 10 years as a business entrepreneur in Bemidji before she began teaching Business and Information Technology at Northwest Technical College. In 1998 she transferred to Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes and has been teaching at that campus ever since. She is excited that community theatre is coming back to the area and thrilled to be involved with Summit Productions. Her husband and daughters are supportive of her theatrical interests and look forward to seeing her on stage as "Miss Casewell."

The murder mystery, "The Mousetrap," set in a remote country house, has plenty of twists and turns, dark comedy and light relief. A group of strangers stranded at the dark and foreboding Monkswell Manor realize to their horror that a killer is among them. The question, of course, is which one of them is the guilty party. "The Mousetrap" was written by the "Mistress of Mystery," Agatha Christie, and has entertained and befuddled audiences for more than 50 years as the longest running play in the world. The surprise ending remains a closely guarded secret revealed to audience members only.

"The Mousetrap" stars seven other area actors, who were chosen through an audition process last November. Since then, they've rehearsed up to four days a week in order to prepare for their debut. Sharon Sinclair of Detroit Lakes plays Mrs. Boyle, a very proper retired judge. Jim Sinclair of Detroit Lakes plays Major Metcalf, a by-the-book retired military officer. Doug Schultz of Detroit Lakes plays Mr. Paravacini, a mysterious gentleman who enjoys keeping others guessing. D.Mae Ceryes of Vergas plays Mollie Ralston and Matt Sletto of Detroit Lakes plays Giles Ralston, a recently married couple, full of energy and enthusiasm, but not terribly practical about the running of Monkswell Manor. They soon realize that they might not know each other as well as they thought. Dave Cook of Frazee plays Christopher Wren, an eccentric and energetic young man. Pete Kleckner of Moorhead plays detective sergeant Trotter, the police detective who arrives in a blizzard and soon finds himself investigating a murder. The play is under the direction of former Frazee High School drama teacher, David Goebel.

Summit Productions will offer four show times to choose from on two separate weekends, Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, call 218-844-7469.

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