Houghton Academy Presents "Arsenic and Old Lace"

The Houghton Academy Theatre will present “Arsenic and Old Lace” on April 4-6 at 7:00 pm in the Rosemary Tysinger Auditorium at Houghton Academy.

The eccentric and farcical story of "Arsenic and Old Lace" centers around two spinster aunts and their nephew, Mortimer Brewster. Mortimer, a writer and notorious marriage detractor, has fallen for the girl-next-door, Elaine Harper. When he returns home to deliver the news of his engagement to his aunts, he discovers they are doing way more than the charity work they are known for! Add in an eccentric nephew who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and another nephew escaped from the mental institute and you have a delightful plot of murder, mystery, and mayhem.

Houghton Academy’s production of "Arsenic and Old Lace," directed by Janyce Smithley, stars Katie Brubaker ‘19 as Abby Brewster, Josie Lipscomb ‘20 as Martha Brewster, Gabe Huizenga ‘19 as Mortimer Brewster, Vanessa Farnsworth ‘19 as Elaine Harper, Warren Torraca ‘22 as Jonathan Brewster, Lauren Burns ‘20 as Dr. Einstein and Silas DeGolyer ‘19 as Teddy Brewster. Houghton Academy Math teacher Patrick Barringer will also lend his talent to the comedy, as well as a few other surprise cast members.

“This is my first time directing a play, and I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity as it is something I have wanted to do for a long time,” states Smithley. “My love of acting goes back to high school days and since then I have been involved in theatre through acting, and the last few years, as Assistant Director. Even though directing for the first time has been challenging, it has been made so much easier with this great cast of hard-working young people.”

Tickets will cost $5 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" was written by Joseph Kesselring and is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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