Mark your calendars NOW, and plan to attend this classic!
The State Theater of Mound City, in conjunction with Dramatists Play Services, will present the comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring, with Deb Johnson, of Rock Port, in the director’s chair! The show opens Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., with repeat performances, Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m.
This classic comedy was brought to film in 1944 starring Cary Grant as Mortimer, the nephew of two spinster sisters running a boarding house for lonely men like Mr. Hoskins and Mr. Gibbs, played by Larry Thomas of Mound City, with their insane brother (Duane Nauman, who just happens to think he’s Teddy Roosevelt!) The anti-matrimonial nephew comes to tell of his pending marriage and the ol’ gals have more to tell Mort than he ever could have thought.
With Lee Goolsby, Rock Port, portraying Mortimer, you are bound to enjoy the humor and sarcasm as well as so many did with Grant. A cameo appearance by Mound City’s own Joe Laukemper, as the Happy Dale Asylum administrator, is sure to be a treat to all, and with Holt County Judge Bill Richards portraying Jonathan, Mortimer’s long-lost insane brother, and Rob Lipham of St. Joseph, as the mad scientist Dr. Einstein, the laughter is bound to reach heights!
Actresses Susan Miller, Mound City, and Holiday Atkinson, Clarksville, will step into the roles as the sisters, and promise to bring you to tears of laughter with their naivety. A newbie to the State, Julie Koop, Fairfax, adds pizzazz and spunk to the play in her role as Elaine, Mortimer’s fiancée! And Susan Laukemper, also in a cameo performance, will be Elaine’s over-protective mother, the wife of a minister.
New York cops, Brophy – Nathanial Markt, Mound City, Klein – Willis Wilson, Mound City, and O’Hara – Preston Jones, Rock Port, along with the Lt.Rooney – Corry Bowers, St. Joseph, add humor to the script as they work to portray New York’s finest!
Tickets go on sale soon. Contact Deb Johnson of Rock Port or any member of the The State Theater Art Council in Mound City for ticket information.