TUNKHANNOCK — Rehearsals are underway for “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring, to be performed April 29 through May 1 on the Dietrich Theater stage, directed by Hoyt Keiser.
The play is a rollicking comedy that revolves around the Brewster family. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he wonders if he should go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. Some of the ingredients that make this play so funny are two crazy aunts, their boarding house, lonely old men, horn blowing in the middle of the night and homemade wine with just a little arsenic.
Keiser has directed the Dietrich Theater Radio Players and performed in several community theatre plays at the theater. He is also known for being one of the voices of radio station GEM 104. He received a PA Highway Safety Award for a video he produced for S.A.D.D. (Students Against Drunk Driving) with the police and fire departments. Many will recognize him as the friendly volunteer with the deep, sonorous voice behind the concession stand at the Dietrich Theater every Wednesday evening.
The cast includes Rich Ryczak, as Jonathan Brewster; Eric Lutz, as Mortimer Brewster; Owen Frasier, as Teddy Brewster; Sarah Langstrom and Meredith Miner-Reese as the crazy aunts; Cecelia Sayer as the girl next door; David Swanson, as Dr. Einstein; Luke Sayer, as the minister next door; Bryan Thompson, as the police officer and playwright wannabe; Shadden Brock and Justin O’Hearn as the police officers and Jerry Beaucheane as Mr. Witherspoon.
Millie Ryczak is Costume Director, Roxanna Cameron is Stage Manager, Brenda Fager is Lighting Engineer and Esther Harmatz is Sound Engineer.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Dietrich’s ticket booth or by calling 570-996-1500.