"Arsenic and Old Lace" by St Luke's Players

South Vancouver Island

Wed. October 13th, 2010 – Sun. October 24th, 2010
October 13 -16 & 20 - 23 at 8 pm October 16, 23 & 24 at 2 pm

St Luke's Players opens its 62nd Season with the well-known mystery comedy - Arsenic and Old Lace.
Abby and Martha Brewster are two nice, sweet, elderly sisters who treat nice, sweet, lonely old men to a deadly concoction of elderberry wine laced with special ingredients from their grandfather's laboratory. Their nephew Mortimer must try to keep his aunts out of the hands of the local police while debating whether or not to go through with his recent promise to marry the girl next door. Adding to the complications is Teddy who, when not charging up San Juan Hill as Teddy Roosevelt, is burying the yellow fever victims in the Panama Canal locks in the cellar. Then when the criminal brother Jonathan arrives with the strange Doctor Einstein and their own cold companion, Mortimer has to keep from being the next person to permanently go to Panama. What ever could happen next?

The nice, sweet, elderly sisters are played by Rita Humphreys and Danda Humphreys. Although in real life their last names are spelled the same, Rita and Danda are not related - at least to their knowledge! Both are relative newcomers to community theatre in Victoria. Rita directed "The Heiress" and "The Chalk Garden" in 2008 and 2009 respectively for St Luke's Players and has worked at Langham Court Theatre in a number of capacities, directing "Sylvia" earlier this year. Danda has also volunteered on and off stage with various local theatre groups including Langham, last appearing in "Scotland Road", when she played a 100-year-old, wheelchair-bound Titanic survivor. "Playing a sprightly 60-year old in Arsenic and Old Lace will come as a refreshing change!" says Danda. Although they have never before been involved in the same production, Rita says "It is fun working with Danda as my sister!"

Cost: Adults $15, Seniors & Students $13 Category: Theatre
Location: St Luke's Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill X Road at Cedar Hill Road More Info: Dave Hitchcock

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