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Auditions for High Springs Playhouse 2017-2018 Season

Arsenic and Old Lace

December 3rd and 4th at 7:00 p.m.


Written by Joseph Kesserling. 

Directed by Kathy Byrne.

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity, as well. 

 The characters are:
Abby Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. 
Martha Brewster: Also a darling elderly lady who poisons elderly men. Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. 
Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic. A good-hearted cynic, he is engaged to Elaine. Mortimer cares for his aunts, but his world is turned upside-down as he tries to untangle their crazy, homicidal dilemma. 
Elaine Harper: An attractive girl in her twenties, and Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper, who lives next-door to Abby and Martha. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter. 
Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster. Teddy is a delightfully certifiable man who is under the happy delusion that he is Theodore Roosevelt. Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, 
Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff. 
Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times. 
Officer O’Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play. 
The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine. 
Officer Brophy: A pleasant neighborhood police officer. 
Officer Klein: Also a pleasant neighborhood police officer, partner to Brophy. 
Lieutenant Roony: A tough and dominating police officer, the commanding officer of the precinct.
Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium. 
Mr. Gibbs: An elderly man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters, narrowly escaping poison.



Auditions will be held at the High Springs Playhouse, 130 NE 1st Ave. (use for GPS navigation), High Springs, FL  32643

Rehearsals are typically weekday evenings but may vary by director.  Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

The High Springs Playhouse is a ‘Community Theater’ and we encourage anyone to audition for our season productions. Experience in theater is not required. We welcome theater enthusiasts from all walks of life.

When planning to audition for an HSP production, please consider researching the particular play to see which role(s) you would be interested in and to have an understanding of the story being told. Performers should plan on providing basic information about themselves to the show director and production staff and may be asked to ‘read for’ various roles during the audition. If possible, please print out the Audition Form below and bring it to the audition already filled out with your information.

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