The Mousetrap Creative
Veronica is honored to be part of her fourth show with PTD Productions, and her first as a PTD director. In 2022, she performed in PTD’s Jeeves at Sea (Miss Pilbeam), Rumors (Cassie Cooper), and One Slight Hitch (Courtney). Additional acting credits include playing Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre), Vera Claythorne (And Then There Were None), Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing), Florence Unger (The Odd Couple - Female Version), and Miss Scarlet (Clue). Previous directorial gigs range from a dinner theater production of Jeeves Intervenes, to years as a Summer Theater Academy counselor, to various in-person and online staged readings of locally written scripts. Outside of theater, Veronica loves playing games, traveling, and being a realtor. Sincere thanks to everyone who made this show a reality - including audience members like you! Saying goodbye to such a passionate cast and crew will be hard, but Dusty the cat will be happy to have his owner home more.
Assistant DirectorDaniel Dye
Ever since Daniel was a teenager, he has loved performing and helping to bring shows to life. With many roles under his belt like Jeeves (Jeeves Intervenes), Grandpa Joe (Willy Wonka), Oscar Madison (The Odd Couple), and King Arthur (Spamalot), Daniel now takes on the role of Assistant Director. He has loved watching the cast create their characters and the crew work their stage magic. Most importantly, he has learned a lot about what it means to be a good director. Veronica Long always puts her all into doing the things she loves and it is very clear she loves directing and theater. Daniel hopes to someday take the same amount of effort and passion and bring his own production to life. Deepest thanks go out to Veronica for letting him learn from her on this journey and to PTD for trusting him with the responsibilities of helping to direct. More thanks to Daniel’s supportive (and incredibly patient) wife, Amber, and to his daughter, Lorelai, who continues to be an unending fountain of positivity. Also, thanks to his friends and family who continue to support his love of theater.
Stage ManagerAugust Warrick
This is August’s first production with PTD. August has been in several roles, including Mr. Boddy in Clue, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, The Courier in 1776, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Apollo in Oedipus Rex. He has loved working with the incredibly talented actors in this show and everyone behind it! He hopes everyone enjoys the production!
Ruth Boeder’s first show with PTD Productions was in 2013, and she has loved all the fun she’s had over the last decade! She has also loved Agatha Christie since she was a tween and doing props for The Mousetrap has been a very special opportunity. Ruth would like to thank all her PTD family for their support over the years and her husband for his patience with showtime chaos.
Light DesignCody Skalmowski
This is Cody’s first show with PTD, but he is no stranger to a lighting grid. Cody has been doing lighting design in the Lansing area for four years, primarily with Riverwalk Theatre and All of Us Express Children's Theatre (where he also serves on the board). In his spare time Cody enjoys listening to audiobooks, researching information security, playing video games, and drinking way too much coffee. Thanks to Veronica and the PTD team for trusting me with their show and I hope you, the audience, enjoy your time here!
Sound DesignLarry Rusinsky
Larry has designed the sound for several PTD productions, including The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Real Inspector Hound, and The Sweet Delilah Swim Club, as well as for productions at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, MorrisCo Art Theatre, and Emergent Arts.
Light & Sound Board OperatorBennett Black
Bennett is so excited to be running the light and sound board for his third PTD production in a row, having previously worked on One Slight Hitch and Sweet Delilah Swim Club. While he most often is a member of the audience, he has been on stage as Manolo Costazuela in The Odd Couple - Female Version, as well as a part of various staged readings with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. He would especially like to thank Veronica, without whom he would never have started doing any theater, and would not be doing lights and sound in the first place.
Assistant Costume DesignerAnna Gehrke
Anna is delighted to return to the theater after the pandemic. This is her first show with PTD, but she has worked on other productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Shrek, Much Ado About Nothing and The Lion King. Anna prefers to work from the shadows, this time as the assistant costume designer. Her experience with making her own clothes and passion for period fashion has served her well in her work on The Mousetrap.
Glossary MakerBob Neustifter
Bob is very grateful to Veronica for giving him an opportunity to be a part of this production. This is his second Glossary for a play Veronica directed. The first was for "Jeeves Intervenes." Bob did his first Glossary several years ago for "Annie." "Annie" very accurately captures 1920's and 1930's New York, but the cast was so young that they would have had no reason to be able to recognize it as a real time and place. (For better or worse, Bob is old enough to know that the Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world until the Empire State Building came along.) Bob hopes that his Glossary has helped to make the script a little more real for the cast, and thus for the audience.
Lead BuilderJosh Warn
Josh Warn blames his daughter Allida for getting him into theater at his advanced age, while she was costuming for PTD a few years ago. As a retired Ironworker it has taken him a few years to get used to building without cranes and welding machines, and making structures that come down after 2 weeks. He is, however, always enchanted when the stage lights up the magical little world that the flimsy structures help to create, especially when the set is designed by Laura Bird.
Fight DirectionJen Pan
Jen (she/they) is an Ypsilanti-based fight director, intimacy advocate, actor, and stunt performer. In addition to their training with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), Dueling Arts International (DAI), and Intimacy Directors & Coordinators (IDC), they are also the co-founder and a lead instructor at Theatrica Gladiatoria, a year-round academy in SE Michigan for stage and film combat (www.fightglad.com). Recent fight and intimacy direction credits include She Kills Monsters (Community High School), Romeo and Juliet (Livonia Shakespeare in the Park), Mud Row (Detroit Public Theatre), and Life on the Moon (Detroit Repertory Theatre). This is their debut production with PTD and they are excited to be a part of the family.
Fight DirectionJoe Wright
Joe Wright is excited to be working on his first PTD production! He is also a member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), Fight Directors Canada (FDC), and a co-founder of Theatrica Gladiatoria; a Southeast Michigan-based guild of stage combat and stunt performers focused on evolving the art of martial storytelling for stage and film. Joe has been studying, practicing, teaching, performing, and directing stage combat full-time for the past nine years. He strives to utilize different techniques (from vaudevillian to historical) to create dynamic, safe, effective, and story-driven violence design. www.fightglad.com