You Will Be Dying To See Arsenic and Old Lace

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You Will Be Dying To See Arsenic and Old Lace

Alec Eaton, Staff Writer

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Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic Broadway show written by playwright Joseph Kesselring in 1939, and it is being performed on February 14 at QHS for the first time.

Arsenic and Old Lace hit the stage on January 10, 1941, at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway, and moved to the Hudson Theatre with 1,444 performances. Out of all the plays written by Kesselring, this is the most successful.

Senior J.T. Atwood, who plays Johnathan Brewster, said “Being on stage helps you grow for other roles and I enjoy being on stage and have been since I was a sophomore.”

Arsenic and Old Lace revolves around the Brewster family who are homicidal maniacs. Mortimer Brewster (the hero) must decide whether he wants to stay with his family or leave with the women he loves.

Director Meghan Buckley said, “It’s a farce comedy that makes fun of murder mysteries.”

Other lead roles are played by seniors Olivia Wathen, Makayla Franklin, and Joe Culp. Seniors Keegan Carrow, Brad Eston, and Ben Makins also take the stage along with sophomores Heather Salmons and Ryan Shoaff.

Arsenic and Old Lace will be star on February 14, and runs through Saturday, February 16, and Tickets are costing $7 for students and $10 for adults. Shows begin at 7:30.