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ART’s Artistic Director Honored

Dr. Mary Kay Switzer was given the Paul Anderson Award by the Text and Academic Authors Association at their 27th annual conference in Baltimore.  Her background, writing skills, and leadership as the Immediate Past President were all cited during the presentation.

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Auditions for First Play of the Season Announced: “Arsenic and Old Lace”

ART announces a cast call for the fall production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”  The classic, award-winning play features two elderly ladies who “help” aging, unhappy men to their “heavenly reward” with a special brew of elderberry wine.  They are aided in their endeavors by their brother who believes that he is Teddy Roosevelt and still fighting the Spanish-American War.  He buries the so-called “casualties” in the basement as he builds the canal.  Meanwhile–unaware of his aunts’ “activities” their nephew, a New York drama critic–gets engaged and goes to tell his aunts of the good news.  Then he makes the discovery of his aunts’ and uncle’s enterprise.  Shocked, he sets about to send them off to a protective home for the elderly insane.  And he wonders if this insanity is something he and his possible children could inherit.  While he is having second thoughts about his engagement, his long lost brother appears along with his sidekick.  This brother is a vicious –but clumsy–killer who plans to do away with his aunts, uncle, and brother in order to take their money and house.  Then a hilarious climax concludes the play.

The script calls for the 2 elderly aunts, 3 elderly male potential victims, 2 police officers, the Teddy Roosevelt wannabe, the vicious brother and his sidekick,  the drama critic, and his fiance.  All are wonderful roles in this funny comedy.

The subject of this play is very similar to the currently running Tony award-winning Broadway musical, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, in which the hero tries to gain his fortune by “doing away with” his relatives so he can inherit.  This is all done to song and dance.  This hilarious musical is the toast of New York City and features “Sold Out” houses.  Another Broadway “classic.”

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is also considered a Broadway classic.  And it became a classic film comedy which earned Cary Grant the Academy Award.  It continues to be popular.

This comedy is constantly being done throughout the world to appreciative audiences.

Come and audition!  Previous acting experience is not required.

And–as always–this play will be done as a fundraiser for a specific charity. Have fun in creating a character while contributing to a worthy cause.  In fact, if you have a charity to propose, please contact us.

For more information on this production and auditions, call 951-922-9421 or 951-845-1151.

Audition Dates:  Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 19

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Highland Springs Resort, Banning, California.  (See location at the Highland Springs Resort website or call 951-845-1151)

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