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‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to take Cumberland stage

Staff Reports • Nov 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The Cumberland University Phoenix Players will perform “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a comedy in three acts by Joseph Kesselring, from Nov. 3-6 at the Heydel Fine Arts Center. 

The Nov. 3-5 shows will be at 7 p.m., and a matinee Nov. 6 will be at 2:30 p.m.

The play will be directed by Cumberland’s technical director of theater Chris Byrd and produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted at the door. 

“We 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 here. Arsenic and Old Lace is a must for all to see, a ready-made comedy hit,” according to Dramatists Play Service

Performing in the play will be Sam Roddam who portrays Abby Brewster, Kayla Rice and Victoria Beth who play Martha Brewster, Austin Smith who plays Teddy Brewster, Austin Kemp who plays Mortimer Brewster, Emma Brown who plays Elaine Harper, Wesley Simmons who plays Jonathan Brewster, Jakov Tshirkin who plays Dr. Einstein, Kevin Reeves who plays Officer O’Hara, Lain Tomlinson who plays Officer Brophy, Ally Suite who plays Officer Klein, Jesse Marquez who plays the Rev. Dr. Harper and Lt. Rooney and Matthew Ham who plays Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Witherspoon.

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