USF Music at Moser series features Ars Antigua on Nov. 1; ‘The Mousetrap’ by Agatha Christie from Nov. 7-9

University of St. Francis will welcome Ars Antigua this Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sexton Auditorium at University of St. Francis, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet.

Ars Antigua, which performs music from the Renaissance through Classical eras on period instruments, will pay homage to the Animal Kingdom as seen through the lens of William Byrd, Antonio Vivaldi, Marco Uccellini, Henry Purcell and several others. In 1716 the Hapsburg emperor Charles III built his famous Baroque Menagerie in the Belvedere Park of Vienna. This miniature zoo boasted a white bear, a giraffe, a leopard, hyenas, lions, cheetahs, camels and monkeys. When the garden was opened to the public it caused a sensation. To commemorate this phenomenon Ars Antigua presents “A Baroque Bestiary.”

From Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9, the world’s longest running play, now celebrating its 60th year, will be presented by the Department of Music & Performing Arts and Saints on Stage. “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie– one of the foremost mystery writers of her time– will be presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Turk Theater.

The play brings together a stranded group of strangers–one of whom has committed a murder– in a boarding house during a snow storm. Murder suspects include everyone present. Suspicious eyes fall upon the newly married couple who run the house, whose nearly perfect marriage is being challenged, as well as a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange man who claims his car had overturned in a drift and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives when the jurist is killed. To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone in the group and rattles a lot of skeletons.

The cast of USF’s fall play, “The Mousetrap.” Front row, left to right: Rebekah Faith Kerr, Jeremy Grachan, Philipa Kerr and Michael Vella. Middle row: Suzanne Reeves (Director) and Meaghann Gorecki (Stage Manager). Back row: Sarah Mazzone, Leon Briick, Julian Jankowski and Mitchel Batis.

The cast of USF’s fall play, “The Mousetrap.” Front row, left to right: Rebekah Faith Kerr, Jeremy Grachan, Philipa Kerr and Michael Vella. Middle row: Suzanne Reeves (Director) and Meaghann Gorecki (Stage Manager). Back row: Sarah Mazzone, Leon Briick, Julian Jankowski and Mitchel Batis.

The cast includes Philipa Kerr of Joliet as Mollie Ralston; Jeremy Grachan of Crest Hill as Giles Ralston; Mitch Batis of Joliet as Christopher Wren; Rebekah Kerr of Joliet as Mrs. Boyle; Julian Jankowski of Plainfield as Major Metcalf; Sarah Mazzone of Plainfield as Miss Casewell; Leon Briick of Joliet as Mr. Paravicini and Mike Vella of Shorewood as Detective Sergeant Trotter.

Tickets for all Music at Moser performances are $10 for adults and $7 for alumni, students and seniors. Advance purchase is strongly recommended. Visit www.stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser or call (800) 735-7500 to purchase tickets or for more information. Parking will be available in the lots at the corner of Wilcox and Douglas Streets. Enter through the Moser Performing Arts Center doors.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.