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Wolf Creek Players holding audtions for spring play

February 22, 2013
Traer Star-Clipper

Wolf Creek players are announcing the audition date of February 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Dysart, Iowa for the upcoming spring production of Arsenic and Old Lace. The dates for the upcoming production are April 18, 19, 20 and 21.

Arsenic and Old Lace opens in the living room of the Brewster home, inhabited by two spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster, and their nephew, Teddy.

Rev. Dr. Harper is chatting with Abby about her other nephew, Mortimer, who in love with the reverend's daughter, Elaine. Soon joining the conversation are two friendly police officers, Brophy and Klein, who have come by (as they often do) to pick up a box for charity from the kindly Brewster sisters. Theodore, who is rather crazy but harmless, thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt and charges up the stairs to retrieve the box. However, Abby and Martha tell Mortimer that it was they who poisoned the man with their homemade elderberry wine-and that he is the eleventh (or twelfth, depending on how you count) gentleman they have shared their wine with. The sisters explain that these are charitable acts: They befriend lonely older gentlemen who do not have much to live for and then kill them with elderberry wine laced with arsenic.

Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan so that he looks like Boris Karloff, the horror film star. Teddy invites Einstein to join him in the cellar, where he is supposedly digging the Panama Canal. Einstein quickly returns and confides to Jonathan that there is a hole large enough to bury Mr. Spenalzo (a man Jonathan recently killed) after everyone goes to bed.

Thus begins several hilarious scenes of lights blinking on and off, of bodies being moved from the window seat to the cellar to the car outside, and of accusations and threats back and forth.

Just then, Lieutenant Rooney bursts in and recognizes Jonathan as an escapee from a prison for the criminally insane. Jonathan tells the officers about the bodies in the cellar, but they don't believe him and take him off to prison. Einstein gets away, and Theodore is certified insane and taken to the Happy Dale Sanitarium.

Trying to protect society without sending his aunts to prison, Mortimer ecstatically agrees when his aunts insist on going to Happy Dale with their nephew. The aunts then kindly inform Mortimer that he is actually not a member of the Brewster family. He was an illegitimate child and thus can marry Elaine without fear of passing the Brewster insanity on to his children. Mortimer happily departs, but before the women leave their house, they offer a drink to the head of Happy Dale, Mr. Witherspoon. Witherspoon is a lonely older gentleman, and he gladly accepts a glass of the spiked elderberry wine...

There is a cast of 14 characters. Wolf Creek Players would encourage anyone that might be interested in presenting this play to plan on attending the audition that will be held February 28, 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church!!!!

 
 

 

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