Leading a circular tour of the western United States on Amtrak in winter, Laetitia and her group were stalled in Cut Bank, Montana due to avalanches in the Rocky Mountains. As she and her group were discussing their circumstances in the train’s lounge car, someone brought up Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express in which the murder occurred while the train was stalled waiting for a mountain pass to be cleared. As luck would have it, one of the group had directed an amateur production of a stage play based on Christie’s novel and had the play’s dialog on her computer. What evolved was an amateur performance of an abbreviated version of the play in the train’s lounge car.
When the snow stalled the train in Cut Bank
It inspired the thoughts that we can thank
For our Orient Express
One of A. Christie’s best
Staged by amateurs drawn from our ranks.