Ar­senic and Old Lace

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF - Derby Line, VT / Stanstead QC

In­ter­na­tional Theatre Com­pany in Res­i­dence at the Haskell Opera House, QNEK Pro­duc­tions, kicks off it’s 23rd sea­son with the dark and de­light­ful com­edy Ar­senic and Old Lace by Joseph Kes­sel­ring. Mur­der­ous Aunts, a Boris Karloff look-alike, and a daffy and de­mented cast of char­ac­ters - what more could you want?

Set in the late 1930’s, Ar­senic and Old Lace draws you into a day with the kook­ily sin­is­ter Brew­ster fam­ily. The two sweet Aunts love to wel­come char­ity case lodgers into their home, but it seems no one ever leaves af­ter a sip of their home­made Elder­berry wine. Once their nephew Mor­timer finds out, the sur­prises don›t stop! His long lost brother Jonathan shows up with a new face and a pen­chant for vi­o­lence while his other brother Teddy can’t seem to stop charg­ing the bat­tle­fields of the house be­liev­ing that he is Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt. Will Mor­timer make it through this day with his san­ity in­tact? Will he even make it out alive? Come and spend a night with the sweetly dis­as­trous Brew­ster clan for a de­light­ful evening at the Haskell Opera House to find out!

This fan­tas­tic cast fea­tures founder and Artis­tic Direc­tor Lynn Leimer (New­port, VT), and fa­vorites from both sides of the bor­der: Su­san Lynn Johns (Derby, VT), Mike Des­jardins (New­port Cen­ter, VT), Chris Plan­etta (Stanstead, QC), Ross Mur­ray (Stanstead, QC), Doug Flint (New­port, VT), An­drea Web­ster (Bar­ton, VT), Mark Rumery (Derby Line, VT), Calvin Longe (Mor­gan. VT), Jim Cross (Is­land Pond, VT), Lonn Ste­wart (New­port, VT), and in­tro­duc­ing Ron St. John III (New­port, VT).

Led by Direc­tor Phil Gos­selin (New­port, VT), Ar­senic and Old Lace boasts a stel­lar pro­duc­tion team fea­tur­ing: As­sis­tant Direc­tor Jenny Dunne (New­port, VT), Stage Manager Sunny Naughton who is re­turn­ing to QNEK af­ter 15 years (New­port, VT), Cos­tume designer Emma Mor­mon (New­port, VT), Props Mis­tress Lisa Foster (New­port, VT), Light­ing En­gi­neer Den­nis Zei­gler (Hol­land, VT), Mas­ter Car­pen­ter Rick Gos­selin (New­port, VT), with con­struc­tion as­sis­tance from Tom Rooney, and the North Coun­try Ca­reer Cen­ter Build­ing Trades.

Come and en­joy a haunt­ing, har­row­ing, and hi­lar­i­ous night at the Brew­ster house along­side the quirky cast that sur­rounds them. QNEK Pro­duc­tions presents Ar­senic and Old Lace by Joseph Kes­sel­ring April 24th - May 3rd, Fri­days and Satur­days at 7:30 pm, and Sun­days at 2pm. Tick­ets are avail­able by call­ing the QNEK Box Of­fice at 802-3342216, re­serv­ing by email at qnek.com, by ad­vance pur­chase on­line or by phone at cata­moun­tarts.org and the Cata­mount Arts Box Of­fice at 888-757-5559, and by ad­vanced pur­chase at the MAC Cen­ter for the Arts in down­town New­port. The Brew­ster house has a va­cancy and a glass of wine wait­ing, won’t you check in?

Fea­tur­ing: Jim Cross, Mike Des­jardins, Doug Flint, Su­san Lynn Johns, Lynn Leimer, Calvin Longe, Ross Mur­ray, Chris Plan­etta, Mark Rumery, Ron St. John III, Lonn Ste­wart, and An­drea Web­ster.

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