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The Lycoming College Theatre Department
will perform Arsenic and Old Lace from
April 10-13 in the Mary L. Welch Theatre. All performances will be at 8 p.m.
The play is recommended for ages 12 and up.
This black comedy premiered on Broadway
in 1941 and ran in New York
for more than three years. Frank Capra directed the equally popular film
adaptation that starred Cary Grant. The play centers on Mortimer Brewster, a
drama critic from Brooklyn who is
about to marry his lady love. Unfortunately, Brewster comes from a family with
a long line of crazies.
All that stands in his way to happiness
are two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men. He also has
to deal with his brothers, one of whom believes he is Theodore Roosevelt
digs locks for the Panama Canal in
the cellar and the other murderous brother who has received plastic surgery to
conceal his identity. Playwright Joseph Kesselring based his plot on real-life
events that occurred in Windsor,
The performance is directed by Dr.
Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, who is an adjunct professor in the theatre department.
“It is not surprising at all that the play has proved to be a favorite
of audiences worldwide,” Stoytcheva-Horissian said.
“Arsenic and Old Lace is a hilarious
comedy full of practical jokes, black humor, improbable, exaggerated
characters, unbelievable situations, and chase and screen scenes. Our
production guarantees you one very exciting and entertaining night in the
The cast includes Emily Early as Abby Brewster; Jeremy Chobot as the Rev. Dr. Harper and Mr. Witherspoon; Mackenzy LaFever as Teddy Brewster; Kahla Moon as Officer Brophy; Caitlin Buffum as Officer Klein; Taylor Granger as Martha Brewster; Sarah Beddingfield as Elaine Harper; Michael Sampsell as Mortimer Brewster; Chris Hoffman as Mr. Gibbs; Nathan Bahn as Jonathan Brewster; Hershey Millner as Dr. Herman Einstein; Rachel Herman as Officer O'Hara; and Hanna Eyler as Lieutenant Rooney.
Dinner and a show will be offered on
Friday, April 12, in the College’s Jane Schultz Room, Wertz Student Center.
Tickets for dinner and a show are $18 per person and advance reservations are
required by calling 570-321-4048. Tickets for just the show are $10 per person
and $8 for seniors and students.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential
liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of
1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community
and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36
academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News &
World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna
River in Williamsport,
Pa., Lycoming is
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