Arsenic & Old Lace

August 3, 4, 5, 6, 2017



Synopsis

Meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers; the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other nephew—these require no further description or amplification, it’s a romping comedy fit to entertain.

 

Directors:
Mark and Kristin Wheeler

This is Mark’s fifthth season with TIP and he is excited to be back in the director’s chair with his wife, Kristin. He directed CATS last summer at TIP and Jane Eyre: The Musical in 2015. He is a 34 year veteran of the stage with acting and directing credits that span across the Midwest from Michigan to Illinois. Mark is sharing this directing experience with his wife of 20 years Kristin. Mark and Kristin reside in Rochester with their three children; James, Eric and Susan. He works for the Illinois Army National Guard.



  Kristin is excited to be directing this hilarious farce at her favorite  

  outdoor venue. She previously vocal directed for Jane Eyre: The Musical at Tip,

  co-directed STC's Music Man, Jr., and created costumes for TIP's CATS: The Musical.

  You may have seen her onstage as Grizabella in TIP's CATS, Linda in STC's The Wedding

  Singer: The Musical, and Mama Bear in The Muni's Shrek: The Musical. Kristin works as

  an Assistant Director for the Illinois Board of Higher Education and lives in Rochester

  with her wonderful husband, Mark, 3 kids, and 4 cats.


 

Cast of Characters:

Women

Abby Brewster: A sweet caring old lady who is loved by all. She has a Victorian

charm and grace about her. Her way of helping could also be considered--

murder. Very old-fashioned in an ironic way. (55-75)

Martha Brewster: A sweet caring old lady who is loved by all. She has a

Victorian charm and grace about her. Her way of helping could also be

considered--murder. Very old-fashioned in an ironic way. (55-75)

Elaine Harper: A sweet young lady who knows what she wants. She is in love

with Mortimer and she is not about to let him talk her out of their engagement.

(20-35)

 

Men

Mortimer Brewster: A young theatre critique who has a bunch of crazy people in

his family tree. He himself is afraid of becoming crazy as well as what may

happen if people find out about the skeletons in his family’s cellar. (25-40)

Teddy Brewster: A bit on the crazy side; Teddy Brewster thinks that he is

President Teddy Roosevelt. He buries all of Martha and Abby's "gentlemen" in the

basement. (25-50)

Jonathan Brewster: He was troubled as a child and is even more so as an

adult. He has escaped from a mental institution and has murdered multiple

people. In order to hide from the law, Johnny has had to turn to plastic surgery to

alter his face, leaving him disfigured (looks like Boris Karloff). (30-50)

Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon who is often drinking. He has also escaped from

a mental institution. He has a German accent (30-50)

The Rev. Dr. Harper: A protective father to Elaine. (40-60)

Mr. Gibbs: A nice elderly man who lives alone and has no family. (60-70)

Officer O'Hara: A officer who doesn't really want to be an officer. He wants to

write plays and is eager to tell the renowned critique Mortimer about his plot. He's

not very good at reading the room or knowing when now is not a good time. (20-

40)

Officer Brophy: An officer of the law who is likable but maybe not the brightest

man on the force. (20-40)

Officer Klein: Another officer of the law who is likable but maybe not the

brightest man on the force. (20-40). May be doubled with The Rev. Dr. Harper.

Lieutenant Rooney: All bronze and no brain. An officer of the law. (20-40)

Mr. Witherspoon: Superintendent of Happy Dale sanitarium. (40-60) (This

character may be male or female.) May be doubled with Mr. Gibbs