10/22/2013 11:07:00 AM Publisher's Column
Get caught in
The Mouse Trap
Treat yourself to a unique theater adventure this next weekend by taking in the Mantorville Theatre Company's production of the Agatha Christie mystery, "The Mouse Trap." Along with the fun of the play, you will also enjoy a fine meal prepared by Omar's Catering and served by volunteers from the Kasson-Mantorville High School, as this is a dinner theater experience.
"The Mouse Trap" has the distinction of having the longest intial run of any play, having been running continuously since opening in 1952 at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham, England, which is on the West End of London. According to Wikipedia, Christie gave the rights to the play to her grandson as a birthday present, only one version of the play can be performed annually outside of the West End of London and no motion picture can be made of the play until there has been no West End of London performance for at least six months. People come from all over the world to see the play performed in London's West End. Apparently, as part of the 60th year of running, rules limiting performances have been lifted and allowed the four week run in Mantorville which ends this next weekend.
Performances in Mantorville are on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. If you prefer to catch the play in London, it is performing at St. Martin's Theatre Monday through Saturday each week at 7:30 p.m. GMT and with matinees at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are a little pricier there than in Mantorville and do not include Omar's three course meal. Either way, you will be asked to keep the surprise ending a secret when the play ends.
We have a little romance going on among our chickens. I mentioned in a previous column that we have a hen Melanie and Emily named Gladys McGillicuddy, who refuses to join the other chickens in our luxurious chicken coop, which features a raised roost, running water and the choice of cracked corn or mash for dining. Gladys was roosting in a window of our barn but has moved to the top of a wood pile between the coop and our house. Of late, when I go to lock up the coop at night one of our roosters has been nestled in beside Gladys on top of the wood pile. I have to say I find it rather charming. They look so sweet and content snuggled up beside each other among the branches. I had never considered chickens as possibly practicing monogamy and don't know they've taken a vow of "till death do us part," but I'd say it stands a fair chance of ending that way as we plan to start butchering roosters soon. I'm hoping Mel and Emily don't name the rooster before his turn comes up for our dinner table.
Gladys is quite interesting and interested. She has figured out where we come from and now hops on the plant table outside our front window in the morning and watches until I get ready to come out to let the rest of the chickens out of the chicken coop. Then she follows me down and runs into the coop to get breakfast after I open the door. Her paramour doesn't join in this activity.
We're a bit concerned about Gladys staying out all night as the weather turns colder. I'm not sure how to protect her from freezing temperature. Mel wants to add shelter to the wood pile, but I don't think that is practical or would work. Gladys doesn't seem inclined to use the accommodations we provide for her. She seems determined to do things her own way and to choose her own housing. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to include making a nest of any kind. Mel also suggested I build Gladys a little "house" right outside our front door so we'd have easy access to her eggs in the morning. She might like that since she starts off the day looking into our window, but I'm skeptical. I'm open to other ideas...