ARSENIC & OLD LACE AUDITIONS!

Flint Community Players

January 14 (Monday) January 15 (Tuesday) 7:00pm

Needed: 3 female, 11 male  – ages 20s – 70s

Director: Sam Di Vita • Producer: Rusty Thomas

Wear comfortable clothes! We will start with some improv and then do cold readings from the script. Hate cold readings? Bring a funny monologue instead.

Flint Community Players • 2462 S. Ballenger Hwyflintcommunityplayers.com

The Story

Brooklyn, in the year 1941, two elderly sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster, are perfect examples of charity and kindness. No one would ever suspect them of harboring a dark secret. Their nephew, Mortimer Brewster, has recently become engaged to the girl next door and when he visits his aunts to tell them the happy news, he discovers their hilariously evil secret. The aunts have, out of pure charity and kindness, been poisoning lonely old men with elderberry wine (laced with arsenic) to ease the their suffering! Now, Mortimer must decide what to do with this enormous discovery as his insane brothers, exasperated fiancée, and neighborhood cops loom ever closer to discovering the secret!

Character Descriptions  (all ages approx.)

ABBY BREWSTER is a sweet little old lady who has a habit of poisoning lonely old men — for charitable purposes, of course! She and her sister Martha are a little out of step with the modern day world of 1941, but she knows her manners — and serves a killer batch of elderberry wine. The older of the two sisters. Aunt to Teddy, Mortimer and Jonathan. 60 – 70s.

MARTHA BREWSTER is Abby’s younger sister. She, too believes in charity. She’s very neighborly and regularly takes broth to those who are sick. “She has a real knack for mixing things!” The shier of the two, Martha’s still very proper. She wears a high lace collar to hide an acid burn she’d gotten in her father’s laboratory when she was a girl. Aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. 60 – 70s

MORTIMER BREWSTER is the nephew of Abby and Martha (and their pride and joy). Despite not liking theater much, he works for a New York newspaper as a drama critic.  Mortimer is a bit of a cynic, but his fiance Elaine doesn’t seem to mind. He is all set to start a new chapter in his life until the rug gets pulled out from under him. 30s

TEDDY BREWSTER  is Mortimer and Jonathan’s brother. He lives with his aunts in their Victorian mansion and is convinced that he is President Teddy Roosevelt. When he’s not charging up San Juan Hill, he’s burying yellow fever victims in the Panama Canal. A very fun role. 30s – 40s.

JONATHON BREWSTER is Mortimer and Teddy’s creepy brother. The family haven’t seen him in years and barely recognize him when they do see him, thanks to Dr. Einstein’s handiwork. Jonathan’s latest face resembles Boris Karlof – a fact that makes him very angry. Of course he wouldn’t need plastic surgery if he didn’t go around killing people. 30s – 40s.

EINSTEIN is a German plastic surgeon, with the accent to prove it. Right hand to Jonathan, Dr. Einstein is mousey and submissive. He should be viewed as a good guy whose life has gone bad. He has a somewhat scruffy appearance due to the fact that he’s usually under the influence of alcohol. 40s – 50s.

ELAINE HARPER is the daughter of Rev. Dr. Harper, and Mortimer’s fiance. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter. We witness Elaine run a gambit of emotions — from lovesickness to stark terror then back again. 20s – 30s

THE REV. DR. HARPER is Elaine Harper’s father. The Brewster sisters have seen many ministers come and go over the years, but they seem to be particularly fond of Dr. Harper and vise versa. Dr. Harper displays a sense of polish, refinement, and mild mannered sensitivity towards others. He is not in favor of Mortimer and Elaine’s relationship. Small role 50s to 70s.

OFFICER BROPHY is the first police officer we meet in the show, Brophy is a thoroughly likable sort of fellow and is making his rounds collecting Christmas toys for the needy. 20s – 50s

OFFICER KLEIN is a flatfoot Brooklyn police officer who makes his rounds with Officer Brophy collecting Christmas toys. 20s – 50s

OFFICER O’HARA is the quintessential example of an Irish-American police officer: Full of life, good natured and played big, O’Hara is a would-be playwright, and, once he discovers that Mortimer is a famous dramatic critic, he decides to tell him his plot.  20s – 40s

GIBBS is an elderly gentleman who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters. He is a little gruff, but he warms up fairly quickly upon being offered a treat he hasn’t had since he was a child. Small role 50s – 80s.

LIEUTENANT ROONEY is the man in charge at the local police precinct. He has very little patience for blunder and mistakes. He is loud, decisive, and clearly in-charge. 40s – 60s

WITHERSPOON is the superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium. Very mild mannered and kind. Small role 40s – 60s.

 

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