Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace on Feb. 11. Come one, come all!

The Court House Players will hold auditions for the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6470 Main Street, Gloucester.

Women’s roles include two elderly (or made up to look elderly) leads and one younger role age 25 or up.

Eleven men’s roles of various ages include one lead, three peculiar characters, four police officers, and assorted men’s small parts and walk-ons. For more audition information, call 804-695-4799.

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers, but now composed of maniacs—most of them homicidal.

The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his whacky, murderous family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves, Elaine Harper, who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister.

His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (a self-referential joke, as the part was originally played on Broadway by Karloff).

Production dates are April 30–May 3 at the Piankatank Ruritan Club, 7138 Buckley Hall Road, Hudgins.

Audition guidelines

CHP holds open auditions for all of its productions, and we encourage new and experienced actors to try out. We do NOT pre-cast our shows because we want to give everyone a fair shot. Click here for a list of tips for auditioning for our Musicals and Plays.

Audition dates and times are announced on this website and via email, Facebook and the newspaper.

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We look forward to seeing you in our next production!