The Mousetrap

By Agatha Christie

Directed by Paul E. Finocchiaro




March 22nd through April 7th, 2019

From the foremost mystery writer of her time.

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has 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. Two down, and one to go.






CORNELIO “Coky” AGUILERA (Mr. Paravacini)Coky is honored to be making a return to Stageworks Theatre with this production! Having studied as an Acting Specialist at UW Madison, he moved to the Tampa area and has been fortunate enough to be working theatre since 2012 with the following companies: Jobsite Theater, A Simple Theatre, The Tampa Repertory Theatre, St. Petersburg Opera Company, RQL Productions, and Your Real Stories Theatre. Coky serves as the Vice President of Fluid Expressions, Inc., as well as organizes the “Dreamer’s Teatro Crew,” a bilingual, theatrical group out of Dade City, FL, in collaboration with the Farmworker’s Self-Help Organization. “¡Babe and papi, los quiero mucho!” www.cornelioaguilera.wixsite.com/coky







Jesse Hutson (GilesRalston) is beyond thrilled to be returning to Stageworks for the second time, after an appearance in Judgement at Nuremberg last fall.  He has performed throughout Tampa and Chicago over the past decade, with recent credits that include Wait Until Dark with Hat Trick Theatre, King Lear with Cave Painting Theatre Co, and Director of the Tales of Mild Interest, his Tampa-based radio theatre company.  He would like to thank his wife Laura, his muse and inspiration, for her constant love and support.



Marissa Nicole Koch (Molly Ralston) is thrilled to be making her Stageworks debut in The Mousetrap! An actor, improviser, and Teaching Artist, Marissa is a Tampa Bay native and graduate of the School of Theatre at Florida State University. Previous productions include:  LES MISÉRABLES (Cosette), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Edith), SHE LOVES ME, GUYS AND DOLLS, and HENRY V. She can be seen performing with American Stage Improv monthly. Marissa is grateful for the opportunity to work with such talented performers for this exciting production!





Madeleine Krebs (Miss Casewell) is a senior musical theater major at the University of Tampa.  She is over the moon to be a part of her first professional show, The Mousetrap.  She is thrilled to work with other professionals in the area and to be under the direction of her professor Fino!  Some os her favorite roles have included Juanita Bartlet in Sordid Lives, The Queen of the night in The Magic Flute and Mary Poppins in Mary Poppons.  She would like to thank her boyfriend JT and her family for always being there for her and supporting her dreams.  She hopes you are on the edge of your seat during this intriguing and mysterious show!




Eileen B. Lymus-Sanders (Mrs. Boyle) holds her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University. She is currently a Featured Singer with Royal Caribbean International. She has also performed  on Carnival Cruise Lines, at Busch Gardens Tampa in Katonga, Universal Studios Orlando in Blues Brothers R&B Revue and in several regional theater productions in and around the Tampa Bay Area over the past 12 years. This is Eileen’s second performance with Stageworks and she is excited to return! She is grateful to her family, especially her husband Demetreus, for their continued support.



Chris McCoy (Christopher Wren) is a recent graduate from the University of Tampa where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. At the University, his stage credits include A Macbeth (Macbeth), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), and Bloodguilt: Orestes on Trial (Orestes). Other stage credits include The Legend of Georgia McBride (Casey/Georgia McBride), She Loves Me (Steven Kodaly), Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), and Into the Woods (Jack). He is excited to be working with the cast and crew of this amazing and fascinating show!





Greg Thompson (Major Metcalf) is honored to be in his fifth production at Stageworks (Judgement at Nuremberg, Blithe Spirit, Broadway Bound [2016 TTB Award for Best Featured Actor] and Last of the Red Hot Lovers). Other credits include Othello, The Underpants and Inventing Van Gogh (Jobsite); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet (St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival); Children of a Lesser God (Theater Exceptional); Betrayal and Cat on A Hot Tin Roof (Tampa Rep); Bethany (TR2); Bones (Silver Meteor Gallery); Southern Exposures (HCC, Ybor); Proof (Carrollwood Players); and Hamlet (New Stage). Greg also directed, and originated the role of Matthew, in East Lansing, winner of the 2014 Tampa Bay Theater Festival for Full Length Play. Other theatre credits include writing and directing An Evangelist Drowns, also adapting and directing productions of Richard III, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing. gregthompsonactor.com



Adam Workman (Detective Trotter) is excited to be making his Stageworks Theatre debut. Having recently moved from the Washington DC area, he was recently seen locally in 1984 and Dancing at Lughnasa (Jobsite Theater), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Thinktank), and in Shruti Gupta Can Totally Deal as part of the 21st Century New Voice Play Festival at American Stage. Previous roles include Happy Death of a Salesman, Perchik Fiddler on the Roof, Ernst Cabaret, and Chip 25th Annual Spelling Bee. Love to Mom.







Scott Cooper (Set Designer). is very happy to be returning to Stageworks Theater.  Awards:   5 Theater Tampa Bay Outstanding Set Design, 4 Best of the Bay Set Designer, 2 Joseph Jefferson Nominations for Best Set Design (Chicago).  He also won the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Florida Colleges and Universities Award from the Florida Theater Conference. His work has been seen at American Stage, Jobsite, Stageworks, freeFall, Steppenwolf and Goodman Theaters.  He is the head of the theater department at SPC.  Thanks to Karla and Harry!

Paul Finocchiaro (Director) has directed and/or directed and choreographed close to 50 productions in the past 15 years. He is a proud and active member of the Actor’s Equity Association since 1992.  A native of the Boston area, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance and Voice from The Boston Conservatory and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Currently He is a professor of Theatre and Dance at The University of Tampa where he is the only professor who teaches in the areas of Theatre, Dance and Music. Previous to his tenure in Tampa, Paul was a professor of Musical Theatre at Minnesota State University, Mankato for 9 years.  Before getting his M.F.A., Paul was a singer/dancer/actor all over the world. He has performed in the National tours of West Side Story, Ziegfeld and Gypsy. He was the lead dancer of the European tour of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. He has performed in regional theatres all across the country. He was a Production singer for Carnival Cruise lines and performed as a singer & dancer in Las Vegas for eleven years. Paul Was in the original Las Vegas company of Starlight Express where he played 10 roles in 3 years…On roller skates! He has performed with such stars as Michael Crawford, David Cassidy, Sheena Easton, Chita Rivera, Jay Leno, Florence Henderson and Vanessa Williams. He has also acted in many Television shows, Movies and commercials.

Kessler Jones (Assistant Costume Designer) is a freshman at USF Tampa studying Theatre Design and Concentrating in costuming, where she is also a lab assistant for the costume shop. Outside of school she is a dresser for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Kessler is very excited to be making her professional theatre debut with Stageworks. She most recent work includes “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Lakewood High School. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support and to Stageworks for the opportunity to be a part of this production.

Nadalia Hiraldo Morales (Costume Designer) is currently pursuing a degree in Theatre Design at USF. Many thanks for this opportunity as she is delighted to be making her first non-scholastic debut with Stageworks Theatre! As well as thanks to Marilyn Bertch for her encouragement and recommendation.  Recent credits include Caresses with Student Theatre Production Board at USF, Not My Fault with HCC, and having recently assisted on Emma with Marilyn Bertch at USF with the British International Theatre program. How you enjoy the show!

Joseph P. Oshry (Lighting Designer) is glad to be returning to StageWorks for their production of The Mousetrap. Since 1986 he has designed lighting for over five hundred and eighty productions with such organizations as Asolo Rep, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Tampa, New Orleans Opera, Carreno International Dance Festival, Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA and the Interlochen Dance Ensemble in Michigan. Joseph has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and is a four-time recipient of the Theatre Tampa Bay award for outstanding lighting design and recently received an Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival. He also serves on the Advisory Board at Tampa Repertory Theatre. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 New York and of IATSE Local 412 Sarasota.