Waynesburg students to put on fall theater production

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The Waynesburg University Players will present Arsenic and Old Lace Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 27. Directed by Edward L. Powers, the performances will be held in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.


Written by Joseph Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lace is an American comedy classic and has been a popular play since its premiere in the 1940s. It features two sweet and charming elderly women who rent rooms to widowers. The ladies have three nephews, each with a backstory to add to the chaos. Teddy believes he is President Theodore Roosevelt, Mortimer is a newspaper columnist who discovers a secret about the aunts and in turn must work very hard to keep things quiet and Jonathan is a wanted man who comes to the home to hide out.


“The humor translates well to all audiences because it is inherently funny,” Powers said. “Humor often stems from the unexpected. In this show we have two sweet maiden aunts who surprise us with what they are doing. We don't expect it, and the other characters of the show don't expect it, and their reactions are also humorous.”


The cast and crew includes:


    • Aunt Abby: Briana Hozak, junior human services major from Home (Marion Center High School)


    • Aunt Martha: Tabitha E. Newman, senior English major from Alburtis (Salem Christian School)


    • Teddy Brewster: Alex Caruso, senior criminal justice major from Mars (Mars Area High School)


    • Rev. Harper: John Flanigan, junior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md. (Calvary Christian Academy)


    • Officer Brophy: Emily-Ann Stephens, sophomore biology major from Winchester, Va. (North Hagerstown High School)


    • Officer Klein: Brittany Stowe, sophomore biology major from Millville, N.J. (Millville High School)


    • Elaine Harper: Chelsea Ritter, junior history major from New Tripoli (Northwestern Lehigh High School)


    • Mortimer Brewster: Shawn Wharrey, senior biology major from Mars (Mars Area High School)


    • Mr. Gibbs: Josh Messler, junior psychology major from Butler (Hershey High School)


    • Jonathan Brewster: Jonathan Nicoloff, senior accounting major from Wilmore (Bishop Carroll High School)


    • Dr. Einstein: Kimberly Peters, junior human services major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)


    • Officer O'Hara: Sireno Mattie, junior English major from Rices Landing (Jefferson-Morgan High School)


    • Lt. Rooney: Dawson Laabs, freshman with undeclared major from Washington (Washington High School)


    • Mr. Witherspoon: Adam Tapparo, freshman sociology major from Beaver (Beaver Area High School)


    • Hoskins: Mariah West, sophomore criminal justice major from Minden, Nev. (Sierra Lutheran High School)


    • Spenalzo: Lori Williams, freshman early childhood education major from Mount Clare, W.Va. (Bridgeport High School)


    • Director: Edward L. Powers, director of theatre at Waynesburg University


    • Stage manager: Amanda Stillings, freshman arts administration major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)


    • Assistant to the director: Nathan Hsueh, sophomore forensic science major from Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island High School)


    • Assistant stage managers: Oliva Long, sophomore accounting major from Burgettstown (Avella Area High School), and Larissa Bray, freshman mathematics major from Murrysville (Trinity Christian School)


For more information, contact Powers at epowers@waynesburg.edu, or 724-852-3226.


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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu