Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. This hilarious dark farce tells the tale of two sweet-yet-murderous old sisters, their delusional nephew who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt, a criminal Boris Karloff look-alike, and a theatre critic in love. Performances are October 24-27 and November 2 & 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Woodinville High School Theater. Arsenic and Old Lace delights with quirky characters, chaotic misadventures, and creepy absurdity.
Mortimer Brewster is a New York drama critic who hates the theatre. He has his sights set on marrying the pastor’s daughter, Elaine, but just as Mortimer ventures to share their good news with his seemingly harmless little-old-lady aunts Martha and Abby Brewster, he discovers the sisters’ proclivity for murdering lonely old men as an act of charity. Add to the mix Mortimer’s nutty brother, Teddy, who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt, his homicidal maniac brother, Jonathan, and a criminal plastic surgeon accomplic, Dr. Einstein — and the result is a mix of laugh-out-loud hilarity and macabre mayhem.
The cast is comprised of 22 of Woodinville High School’s Advanced Acting students, including seniors Vivian Balasu, Brendan Benton, Hans Blomberg, Trevor Harrison, Ethan Hatch, Andrew Kinsfather, Aaron Leatherman, Grace Lewis, Gerry Noy, Luke Preston, Matilyn Ransom, Nikki Smith, Nolan Spencer, Preston Ventrella and Ben Winarske, and juniors Emerson Cobbley, Korentin Delisle, Chris Dembo, Garrett Fischer, Wesley Hesselgrave, Taelor Landau, Nicole McMillan and Gennifer Noy.
The set features the Victorian era residence of the Brewster sisters, perfect for a spooky, murderous romp. Crews of students from the WHS Technical Theatre program handle the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity. Senior technical theatre students include: Tristian Scott (Stage Manager), Asher Faamoe (Technical and Sound Director as well as Master Carpenter), Grace Lewis (Costumes), Deirdre Gertz and Nolan Spencer (Props), Vivian Balasu, Alexia Straw and Preston Ventrella (Hair and Makeup), and Hailey Smith and Max Stember (House Manager).
The show is directed and designed by Josh Butchart, with the support of Asher Faamoe, Katharina Bomers-Muller and Stephanie Penoyer (Assistant Directors), Marsha Stueckle (Costumes), Katharina Bomers-Muller (Producer) and the Woodinville Drama Boosters, led by Kit Topaz.
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