Sure, you might have heard that this past weekend was dedicated to families, but it was also the first weekend of the Barnstormers’ production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
I’ll preface this post by saying that I’ve genuinely always loved theatre. Heck, I even dabbled in it myself when I was younger, with my groundbreaking roles ranging from ‘Mouse 1’ (in which I expertly followed another character around stage), to being a dancer in our high school’s production of The Music Man. I quickly realized, though, that I was a tad bit better at being an audience member. I love being convinced of the actors’ characters and being consumed by the world they portray. I love being pulled through the story and relying solely on the actors to show me what’s coming next. Despite all of this, I had never gone to a show at Hopkins. The Facebook events would come and go and I would promise myself I’d go to the next one. This year though, one of my friends is the president of Barnstormers, and those extra text messages are just the reminder I need to make my way to the shows.
First things first, what/who are the Barnstormers? You might have heard of them if you’ve been reading up on JHU_Molly, JHU_Allison or JHU_Pepe, but they are Hopkins’ oldest and largest theatre group. They produce and perform six shows a year, including a musical, and everything in the shows, from construction to performance is student-run. This year’s fall mainstage was The Mousetrap, and the plot was everything you’d expect from Agatha Christie. The story made me feel like I was playing a giant game of Clue, and one that definitely bested me in the end. And I can’t believe I haven’t said this yet, but the acting was fantastic. It was amazing to see fellow students become these old-fashioned, mysterious characters, and expertly lead us through the twists and turns of the plotline before finally revealing the answer to the mystery. It was great to see that it was fellow students that created the set, organized costumes, makeup, hair, and even directed and produced the show. It reminded me just how many talents and passions students at Hopkins have, and how much work they put into creating what they love. I definitely know I’ll be going to the next Barnstormers show…can’t wait to find out what it is!
The show will be running for one more weekend at Swirnow Theatre, so if you can make it, I definitely recommend you go! After all, the secret of The Mousetrap stays in the theatre…don’t you want to know what it is?