Cheshire Community Theater

Curtain Up, Light the Lights!

The Mousetrap

April 26, 27, and 28,  2013


Mollie……………………………Donna G. Ekegren                        Giles …………………………………Christopher Jones

Christopher Wren……………………Paul Kuehn                        Mrs. Boyle ………………………………Joanne Palmieri

Major Metcalf …………………………Pat Petipas                       Miss Casewell……………………………………Jen Berlin

Mr. Paravacini ………………Nick Demetriades                       Det. Sgt. Trotter……………Patrick R. Spadaccino


Director……………………………Bobby Castello                         Asst Director……………………………Emily Trudeau


Jen Berlin (Miss Casewell) is very excited to be joining the wonderful cast of The Mousetrap!  Although she is part of the CCT board of directors, acting is her passion.  She has been in many plays and musicals, including M*A*S*H, Jesus Christ Superstar, James and the Giant Peach, Grease, and more.  Last Spring Jen stage managed CCT's comedy Lend Me a Tenor.  She thanks all her friends and family for their support and constant encouragement and would like to dedicate this role to the memory of her mom, Katherine, who unfortunately is not here to see her, but knows she is watching from up above.  I love you Mom!  




Nick Demetriades (Mr. Paravacini) is excited to return to Cheshire Community Theater and join this talented cast and crew in the production of The Mousetrap.  He has performed in several productions with The Little Theatre of Manchester, New Britain Reparatory Theatre, and The Castle Craig Players. Some favorites include Rumors, Arsenic and Old Lace, Blithe Spirit, 12 Angry Jurors, And Then There Were None, The Real Inspector Hound and Black Coffee.  Nick would like to thank his most magnificent wife, Linda, for her endless encouragement and support, to Cassandra for her love and patience, and to James who is away at college, Miss You!  Many thanks to Bobby Castello for casting me in this wonderful role!  “Dreams are the wings of life. Live your dreams, dare to fly! ” 



Donna G. Ekegren (Mollie Ralston), a Cheshire resident since 1987, has been acting most of her life and still loves it as much today as she did when she first stepped on a stage.  This is her twelfth stage appearance with CCT.  Some of her favorite roles include Maria (Lend Me a Tenor), Paula (The Freudian Slip), Lucille (The Cemetery Club), Mae Petersen (Bye, Bye Birdie), and M'Lynn (Steel Magnolias).  Elsewhere she has enjoyed playing Melissa (Love Letters) and Fonsia Dorsey (The Gin Game) at the Warner Studio Theater; Elaine (The Last of the Red Hot Lovers) with The Windsor Jesters; Rosie (Bye, Bye Birdie), Anna (The King and I), Maggie (Cat On a Hot Tin Roof),  Agnes Gooch (Mame), and Annie Sullivan (The Miracle Worker) in New York.  Professionally, she is a member of an improv acting group that performs in Connecticut and Massachusetts doing comedy weddings, murder mysteries and comedy class reunions.  She is grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented and gracious group of people on The Mousetrap, and, she wishes to thank all the people at CCT who have worked so hard behind the scenes on this production.  As always, she sends her love to her wonderful family and thanks them for putting up with all this craziness for all these years!


Christopher Jones (Giles Ralston) has performed in many plays with CCT, as well as with The Stony Creek Puppet House, and once with the Castle Craig players.  My stage acting began more than 20 years ago.   And frankly, I don't remember all the plays I have been in.  Once again I have to thank my loving wife and daughter for all their support, and encouragement.






Paul Kuehn (Christopher Wren) is very pleased to return to Cheshire Community Theater for this year's production of The Mousetrap after a very successful run in last year's performance of Lend Me a Tenor in the role of Saunders.  Paul is a Hamden resident and has performed in several shows at First Church Guilford, including their full stage productions of Godspell as Lamar and in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Pharaoh and one of the brothers.  Paul has been an active member of the CT Gay Men's Chorus for the past 28 years including performances in their stage productions of The Mikado as Pooh-Bah and Pirates of Penzance as the Sergeant of Police.  Paul works for CL&P, plays the flute in the Cheshire Community Band and likes to travel.



Joanne Palmieri (Mrs. Boyle) is looking forward to being on stage again after being Assistant Director for Little Women the Musical and Director for A Grand Night For Singing with the Cheshire Community Theater.  Joanne has appeared in several CCT productions including the Ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar, Mrs. Hutchinson in Night of January 16th, Mickey the Cop in Odd Couple (Female Version), General Matilda in Guys and Dolls, Golda in Requiem for a Heavyweight, and Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound. Joanne is the School Nurse at North Branford High School. She lives in North Branford with her husband of 37 years, Arnie.



Pat Petipas (Major Metcalf) has been in Community Theater since 2003 when drafted into The Cemetery Club in Strongsville, Ohio, to play Sam Katz because he was a breathing male.  His one true talent being recognized, he has exercised it on or behind the stage in 27 productions in Ohio, Massachusetts and now, Meriden, Connecticut where he resides. 






Patrick R. Spadaccino (Detective Sergeant Trotter) has participated in theatre all his life. He’s played roles in shows like Damn Yankees; The Music Man; Irene; Ah, Wilderness!; Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, and Curtains: The Musical.  He wrote, directed, composed the score, and played the title role in a stage adaptation of Scrooge, which ran for four consecutive years (1998-2001) and raised money for local food banks.  He most recently played the part of Henry Higgins in a local production of My Fair Lady.  Patrick is a web designer for Travelers Insurance, and has been happily married to his wife Natalie for 18 years.  His other hobbies include singing, photography, reading, playing with his dog, Jovie, and writing.  His first novel—The Far-Away Hearts Club—was published in 2003. His second novel is currently being edited for publication.  He thanks his wife ,Natalie, for her constant support, encouragement and patience with all the late nights; all his friends and family who attended this production; and his new friends at Cheshire Community Theatre.


Bobby Castello (Director) was born in New Haven, raised in Wallingford and educated in America.  He finally settled down in Madison, Wisconsin where he received a BS in Education from that big old University there.  Bobby went on to teach high school where he discovered his love of the directorial and technical aspects of the theatre.  He worked there for several years in high school, community, semi-professional and children’s theatre.  He has recently returned to Connecticut where, after a long hiatus from the stage, he has begun to work again now with Cheshire Community Theatre.  “It has been a long absent joy to work with this cast, crew, and board and I am looking forward to directing our Fall musical production of Narnia – you will love what you will see . . .”


Emily Trudeau (Assistant Director/General All Purpose Stage Ninja) is a new addition to the CCT family, The Mousetrap being Emily's first project with Cheshire Community Theater, and she looks forward to many more projects in her newly adopted home town.  A native of Wallingford, Connecticut, a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television, a veteran of the United States Navy, a practicing attorney, and a new (very new!) mom, Emily has costumed, designed, directed, written and performed in films and plays in Connecticut, California, Utah, Massachusetts, and Virginia.  Her most recent works were with the Generic Theater of Norfolk, Virginia, where she performed production and design work on Enron, directed The Santaland Diaries and Season's Greetings, and performed in Cabaret.


Jon Kendall (Set Designer) started his theater career at North Branford High School working behind the scenes all four years he was there.  He was awarded “Most Promising New Techie” as a freshman and “Techie of the Year” his sophomore and senior year.  After graduation, he went to Lyndon State College in Vermont where he was in charge of lighting design for The Twilight Players.  After college, he studied at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.  He then went to work for the History Channel for 5 years.  Since high school Jon has worked on numerous productions in North Branford, East Haven and now his third show here in Cheshire.  He was the set designer for Lend Me A Tenor last year.  In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey and fishing.   


Anthony DeChello (Set Design Assistant/Light and Sound Technician) is a junior at Cheshire High School.  He has run the lights for CCT’s last five shows.  Anthony also was the light and sound technician for the Highland School Drama production of Hairy Tale Theater.  He would like to pursue a career in film production after high school.