The Mousetrap Cast
Mei-Lin Wong (Mollie Ralston)
This is Mei-Lin’s first production on the PTD stage and she is thrilled to bring Mollie to life! She is returning to The Mousetrap after seven years, when she originally played the role of Miss Casewell in a black box production of the show. Mei-Lin is a lifelong thespian and is a film and TV actor by trade, though she inevitably returns to her first love, the stage, rather often. She has depicted a litany of roles she has adored over the years, but she has most recently starred in The Farmington Player Barn’s production of Suite Surrender and The Players Guild of Dearborn’s production of The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays! Mei-Lin is so grateful to PTD for giving her a chance to fulfill this role she has wanted to play for so long, and to you, the audience, for allowing her to live her dream each and every day. Most of all, she’d like to thank her parents, Lionel, Will, and the rest of her friends and family for always cheering her on. Enjoy the show!
Gavin Allen (Giles Ralston)
Gavin is ecstatic to be doing his first show at PTD! He has been in productions in high school and college, but spent a majority of his time competing in speech and debate. He was part of the Eastern Michigan University Forensics team for four years and received state and national recognition for his performances. He is most excited to return to theatre and bring the story to life with his fellow castmates!
Sam Johnson (Christopher Wren)
Sam is excited to join the PTD family with this production for his first show in about half a decade. Growing up in southwest Michigan, Sam spent half of his time bouncing from production to production, with a special place in his heart for Twin City Players of Stevensville. Some personal favorites include Otto in Spring Awakening, Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and John Proctor in The Crucible. He couldn’t ask for a better or more impressive crew and cast to rediscover his love of community theater.
Jan Romans (Mrs. Boyle)
This is Jan’s first production with PTD, and she has truly enjoyed the experience. Jan’s recent performance credits include Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Olivia Surface in The School for Scandal. Most of Jan’s time has been offstage, however. Throughout her 36-year career in theatre education, Jan designed and directed myriad productions at both the high school and university levels. Of those, her favorite shows include Guys and Dolls, Noises Off, The Pirates of Penzance, Lend Me a Tenor, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Women of Lockerbie, Electra, Night Watch, Anything Goes, and The Servant of Two Masters. Jan currently serves as the Director of The Brides Project, a non-profit bridal salon the proceeds from which benefit the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.
Larry Rusinsky (Major Metcalf)
Larry is appearing here in his 91st production (hoping to make it to at least 100…), mostly in the Ann Arbor area, in everything from The Odd Couple (Felix), The Nerd (Willum), and Noises Off (Lloyd) to Uncle Vanya (Vanya), Hedda Gabler (Tesman), and The Glass Menagerie (Tom) to Glengarry Glen Ross (Aaronow), The Birthday Party (Petey), Ionesco’s The Lesson (The Professor), and Waiting for Godot (Vladimir once, Pozzo twice). In 1981, Larry appeared in the Black Sheep Theater production of The Mousetrap as Christopher Wren, and in 2020 as Birdboot in the PTD production of The Real Inspector Hound—which is a parody of The Mousetrap.
Eƶra Korycinski (Miss Casewell)
Eƶra is startled to be on stage for the second time with PTD, having auditioned as a joke both times and been too polite to leave. He is slowly getting closer to playing a man. If you admire his talents, you are encouraged to attend PTD’s next show, The Artwork Is Behind You, which he will be directing. The Mousetrap has been a challenge, but thankfully the cast was all very nice and he couldn’t possibly imagine one of these exceptionally normal people being the murderer. Cheerio.
Avery Koenig (Mr. Paravicini)
Avery is thrilled to return to the theater after a long hiatus for his first production with PTD. Avery started acting with youth acting programs before studying drama in college. He has played the title characters in Macbeth, Master Harold and the Boys, and… The Ugly One. (IT WAS EXPRESSIONIST!! OKAY?!) Avery is very grateful to PTD, Veronica Long, and this amazing cast for bringing him back to his first love, acting.
Russ Schwartz (Detective Sergeant Trotter)
Russ marks his return to in-person theatre with The Mousetrap, having last been seen onstage in PTD’s The Real Inspector Hound in 2020. He has taken roles in multiple virtual productions since then, including cheeky astronaut Baskin in Secondhand Rose Players’ streaming space opera Eyes to the Stars (watch for Part Two this year!) and Prospero in Center Stage Jackson’s The Tempest. Russ wishes to thank Veronica, Daniel, August, Jerry, and this splendid cast and crew for a delightful and Covid-safe production, and the audience for cheerfully, respectfully, and mandatorily keeping their masks on.