There are roles for three women and 11 men. Two females in their sixties to seventies. The third female is in her twenties to thirties. Male performers range from their twenties to sixties, with certain male parts being a cameo role.
About the play:
The play is set in the 1940s. Arsenic and Old Lace is a clever combination of the farcical and the macabre. It’s an outstanding night of theatre, crazy fun — a comical masterpiece. The plot centers on two elderly sisters famous for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging.
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 among community theatres throughout America.
About the auditions:
Auditions will be held at the Butler Little Theatre, One Howard Street, in Butler, on Sunday and Monday evenings, July 30 and 31, at 7:00 pm. You may attend either or both evenings. No tryout materials must be prepared for this audition, as readings will be from the script.
The production runs September 22-30 (except Monday). Rehearsals begin in August. More details will be provided at a later date.
Dennis Casey is the director of this BLT production, and Sue Collar is the producer.
Ticket sales begin on September 1.