Although the Playhouse’s 2011 Season is still a month away, rehearsals for the first show, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” are already in progress at the Cailloux.
The show will kick of the big 2011 theatre year on Friday, January 14th and will have a three-week run at the Cailloux Theater.
“Arsenic and Old Lace,” is the 1939 comedy by playwright Joseph Kesselring which was turned into the 1944 Frank Capra motion picture starring Cary Grant. The story follows poor Mortimer Brewster who is dealing with his dangerously eccentric family including one murderous brother and another who believes that he is President Teddy Roosevelt. Mortimer’s biggest problem is his two sweet loving spinster aunts, Abby and Martha who happen to poison their guests with arsenic and elderberry wine.
Recent interest into the crimes of Aunt Abby and Martha have resurfaced with the publication of “The Devil’s Rooming House,” by M. William Phelps, which tells the story of Amy Archer Gilligan, a sweet but sociopathic landlady who killed her boarders for their money. Gilligan’s story was the inspiration for Kesselring’s play, which dispite its dark subject is a well-known and well-loved comedy.
The Playhouse cast begins with Sally Ritch and Annie Reynolds as the two angel-faced murderous aunts. Schreiner student, Kirk Logan, plays Mortimer. New-comer Darcey Hill is Elaine Harper, Mortimer’s love interest. Hill Country veteren Jerry Mertz is her father Dr. Harper. Playhouse regular, Zach Salcich (1776, Tartuffe, Bye Bye Birdie) is Mortimer’s evil brother, Jonathan. The cast includes: Dowell Mudry, Jaime de la Rosa, Brent Mills, Andy Bachofen, Sonny Payne, Neill Day, Zach Tysor and Tony Gallucci.
Tickets are on sale at the Cailloux Box Office (830) 896-9393 and online at www.caillouxtheater.com. Season Tickets are still on sale and Playhouse staff members highly recommend that patrons consider season ticket membership because this season they are a 50% discount on the best seats in the house.