Calling all thespians! The Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society will be holding auditions for its next production, the side-splitting black comedy ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, on Tuesday, September 13 at 7.00 pm at the Ashcroft HUB. WRAPS is looking for actors aged 16+ to audition for the play. There are no roles suitable for anyone under age 16; but Barbara Roden will be writing a short play set in the ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ world that will feature actors aged 4 to 15, and which will be performed before each production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’. Anyone interested in finding out more about either production can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. There will be five performances of the play, which opens on Saturday, November 12.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ is a farcical play written in 1939 by Joseph Kesserling and has gone on to become a classic comedy loved by millions of theater goers over several generations. Here is a brief synopsis:
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite amongst regional theatres throughout America.