“Arsenic and Old Lace,” the classic black comedy, will kick off the Thunder Mountain High School Theatre season this weekend, with shows continuing next weekend. The play, which debuted in 1941, tells the story of elderly sisters Abby and Martha Brewster, fond of offering their lonely gentleman roomers a glass of homemade elderberry wine “with just a pinch of arsenic,” and their young nephew, Mortimer, who learns of their habit and tries to stop them. Written by Joseph Kesserling in 1939, the story is was adapted into a film in 1944, starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.
“The play is 73 years old yet the kids find it hilarious and are having a great time with it,” TMHS director Kristin Garot said in a release.
Scenic elements, décor, lights, audio, props, make-up, costumes, and even the marketing are produced and presented by the technical crew under the tutelage of Theatre Manager Joe Quarto, Seamstress Cecilia Eggers, parents and volunteers.
The play opens with a pay-as-you-can preview performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, and continues this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, also at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee will be presented at 2 p.m.
Next weekend, the show continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 11-13.
Tickets are available at Hearthside Books, the JAHC, and online at jahc.org/buy-tickets. For more information, call 586-ARTS or 780-1900.