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Looking ahead Into “Arsenic and Old Lace”

Isabella Rubino

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Coming up on Thursday, October 26 is the opening night of Salina Central’s production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’. ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ is a classic comedy film by Frank Capra based on the play by Joseph Kesselring.

The play takes place in 1940’s in Brooklyn at the Brewster family home. The main character Mortimer Brewster is surrounded by various family members, a collection of homicidal maniacs.

“Our director, Bryce Jones, talked to us about this and I remember him saying that we all are finding home.” said freshman Avery Smith, “Each character is impacted in a different way by the Brewster home and we all are finding a place in it.”

Freshman Nelson Gutsch and Avery Smith landed major parts in this years fall play. Nelson is playing Mortimer Brewster’s brother Teddy Roosevelt, and Avery is playing Elaine Harper, Mortimers fiance.

They both have have an abundant amount of acting experience. Avery began theatre in the third grade, and Nelson has acted in numerous plays at the Community Theatre like ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Nelson has enjoyed getting to work with new people this play.  “Getting to work with a different cast, crew and director. A lot of the shows at the Community Theatre end up with people I have worked with in the past, and this a great learning experience.”

Avery faced some challenges working with new people this year. “A definite challenge I had was getting used to working so close to other actors, my character Elaine was engaged to Will Hayes’s character Mortimer, but after a few rehearsals I realized that we’re all there for each other and getting out of your comfort zone is okay.”

“Arsenic and Old Lace has so many wonderful things about it.” explained Avery, “It’s humorous, romantic, scary, and tells a story of family. It’s definitely a show worth seeing.”

The theatre department has been a lot of time and effort into this play, and it will not be one to miss.

The play will run October 26-28 at 7pm.

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