‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ on stage
The Drama Society at the Gunnery in Washington will present its production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
The production will take place in the Lemcke Theater in the Emerson Performing Arts Center at the school off Kirby Road
Actors will include Sabryna Coppola (class of 2018) and Lois Bachman (class of 2019) as the two homicidal maiden aunts; Christian Kummer (class of 2018) as the face-changing, criminally insane brother; Travis Powell (class of 2020) as the aunts’ loyal and seriously delusional henchman and Sam Johnson (class of 2019) as the romantic lead who introduces his new wife, Sylvie Edelstein (class of 2021), to the family while restoring order.
Written by Joseph Kesselring and produced in the U.S. in 1939, “Arsenic and Old Lace” was made into a movie in 1944 directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant, Priscilla Raymond Massey.
The story revolves around two sweet old aunts who take it upon themselves to poison lonely old men with nothing to live for, as an act of charity.
Their nephew Mortimer has just got married, and is trying to negotiate his way around the insanity of the house, without alarming his new bride.
Shady brother John returns from a world adventure involving using corpses to change his appearance to elude capture.
The merry mayhem continues with bugle-blowing brother Teddy, who is charged with burial duties.
Drama Society Director Elizabeth Dayton (class of 2008) is assisted by Sarah Albright and Oksana Protenic.
Al Chiapetta, of Sherman Playhouse, will provide the sets and Terry Hawley is in charge of costumes.
The tech manager is Acadia Johnson (class of 2021), the stage manager is Yamma Abdi Jana (class of 2018) and house manager is Sophie Novoa (class of 2020).