There will be a reversal of roles during this season’s Park Avenue Player’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Longtime director Cheri Freeman gets her wish and will join the acting troupe as one of the characters. Behind the scenes directing will be the familiar figure of George Eberth – a longtime member of Park Avenue Players – who has entertained in a variety of roles throughout the years. The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. George stated that he enjoys working with the exceptional cast and that they have created a wonderful play.
Most people may be familiar with the film starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra but starting Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 the community will be able to see the play that George says will make the audience laugh.
Joining Cheri in her return to our community stage, are various actors and actresses from the surrounding communities. Aaron Huff will play the role Cary Grant portrayed in the movie, and he’ll be joined by Geno Ludwig, Ted Richart, Margueritte Richart, Emma Whitford, Deanna Barnes, Lis Richart, Joe Stolworthy, Bob Simeone, Bob Stevens, Bill Barnes, Hal Howard, and Alison Stevens.
As usual, the cast is made up with various talents from the surrounding area. Aaron Huff (Gabriel) just recently released a new album, An Uninvited Guest and George Eberth, Ted Richart, Margueritte Richart, Hal Howard and Aaron Huff recently co-starred in the film Fire Worms, set to premiere later this year. Allison Stevens can be seen working with the high school theater program and all the cast and crew are experienced members of theater here and at Woodland in Kettle Falls.
Arsenic and Old Lace was written by Joseph Kesselring and opens at the Chewelah Civic Center on Jan. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. Show days are January 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7 p.m.; and January 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $10. You can pick up tickets at The Independent, Akers United Drug, Valley Drug Company and R.E. Lee Shoe Company in Colville. Come on out, support the arts and enjoy the show. As one of the actors stated, “You won’t be disappointed.”
-Submitted by Park Avenue Players
In This Photo: The cast of Arsenic and Old Lace takes a break from dress rehearsal Monday evening, Jan. 7, to pose for a picture. The comedy will open this Friday, Jan. 11, at the Chewelah Civic Center. Jared Arnold photo