APH Press Release

APH Braille Readers Theater Presents The Mousetrap

A play by Agatha Christie

Louisville, Kentucky (March 8, 2016) – The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), will offer two free performances of The Mousetrap, Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm. Reservations must be made by noon the day before the performance.

The Mousetrap, written by Agatha Christie, the master of British murder mysteries, features a motley group of characters, an isolated house in the country, and a surprise twist ending. A special feature of the performance will be the use of live-action sounds (sometimes called Foley) rather than pre-recorded sounds. Devices that will be used to create sound include a phone ringer and an aeoliphone (wind machine).

Friday evening hands-on discovery

People who make reservations for the Friday evening performance are invited to make reservations for a 6:30 p.m. demonstration of the sound-effect devices built for this production. These will be activated, manually, during the performance by Foley artists from Kentucky School for the Blind. This pre-performance demonstration will give patrons the opportunity to touch the devices and see how they work.

The event is free, but space is limited, so reservations must be made by noon the day before the performance. Call 899-2213 or send email to kcarpenter@aph.org to make a reservation. The program is best for adults and children 12 and up.

About Readers Theater

There are no costumes or sets in readers theater. The actors do not memorize lines, but sit together on stage and read from the script—using vocal expression to help the audience understand the story. This play will also feature live sound effects. The readers who are blind read from scripts embossed in braille. Their scripts may be on traditional paper or may be read from an electronic braille device. (Picture is of actress using refreshable braille display to rehearse.)

The cast: The plot of the play involves a motley group of characters, an isolated setting, and a surprise twist ending. Ben Wright appears as Giles Ralston, the new owner of a once-regal estate recently converted into a guesthouse; Abbie Cocanaugher and Pamela Cox alternate in the role of Giles’s wife, Mollie. One dark night when a blizzard rages on the moor, a policeman (B.T. Kimbrough) arrives at the estate on skis, suspecting that one of the guests is a murderer. Perhaps it is one of the innkeepers. Or is it the spinster (Kathy Szinnyey) with the curious background, or the architect (Ian Bray) who seems better equipped to be a chef? Maybe it’s the retired army major (Rick Roderick) or the unexpected visitor with the odd accent (Barbara Henning) who claims her car has plowed into a snowdrift. Or is it the jurist (Patti Johnson) who makes life miserable for everyone? The cast also features Zach Adams, Justin Hedges, Allie Johnson, and Haley Hall, all high school students at the Kentucky School for the Blind. Terrie Terlau reads the stage directions.

This is the fourth year for APH Readers Theater. The group performed The Miracle Worker in 2012 followed by Much Ado About Nothing in 2013; in 2015, they presented a Festival of New Plays. Cast members are from Jefferson and other Kentucky Counties. Many of the performers from the earlier productions are involved again this year. Most use braille on a regular basis in their personal and/or professional lives.

About the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

The Museum, where visitors experience hands-on history, is open Monday through Saturday. It is located on the second floor of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. Visitors can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, see a piano used by Stevie Wonder when he was a student at Michigan School for the Blind, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more. More information at www.aph.org/museum
or call (502) 895-2405, ext. 365, weekdays.

About the American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible web site (www.aph.org) features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to www.aph.org.

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