PVHS theater group to perform 'Arsenic and Old Lace' on Friday

Abbie Brewster (played by Sophie Fleer), left, pours a spiked drink into a goblet held by her sister Martha (Morgan Brown) that they plan to give to an unsuspecting lonely gentleman. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)

A family that’s more than just a little eccentric. A pair of spinster sisters who are knocking off lonely older gentlemen with a glass of poisoned elderberry wine. A brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt. And a drama critic who is trying to decide if he really wants to marry the preacher’s daughter next door.

Those are the plot and subplots for the black comedy classic “Arsenic and Old Lace” that will be presented by the Prairie View High School drama department during a performances this Friday evening, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.

The show was originally scheduled to be performed the weekend before the Thanksgiving break, but was postponed to this Friday.

Sophie Fleer and Morgan Brown take on the roles of the Abby and Martha Brewster. Stephanie Kopersky is Teddy Brewster, a.k.a. Teddy Roosevelt. Brandon Obermeier plays the critic Mortimer Brewster, who is trying to keep his family in check, and Meadow Stainbrook plays his love interest, Elaine Harper.

Other cast members include:

Raquel Robinette – Officer O’Hara

William Swisher – Jonathan Brewster

Collin Hope – Dr. Herman Einstein

Dylon Dearborn – Dr. Reverend Harper

Amestia Williams – Mr. Witherspoon

Madi Weir – Officer Klein, Mr. Gibbs

The play is the premier performance for director and English teacher Austin Pixton, who is stepping in to play Officer Brophy.

He said that practices have gone well, although there have been some bumps because of casting changes.

“Despite all the hiccups, we’ve been working hard,” he said. But he also added the cast has been having fun while putting in the work. “They’ve done amazing work on the sets.”

The public is invited to attend the production, and Pixton said he believes that audiences will enjoy the comedy.

The cast of "Arsenic and Old Lace" being presented this Friday at the Performing Arts Center at Prairie View High School.

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