Auditions set for CTH production of “Arsenic & Old Lace”

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The Community Theatre of Howell is looking for actors and actresses over 18 to audition for its upcoming production of “Arsenic & Old Lace,” which takes to the stage with performances in January and February.

Auditions are set for 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12-13, at the Howell High School Freshman Campus at 1400 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell.

For detailed character descriptions and age requirements, go to To review the script, contact George Popovich at

Rehearsals generally take place 6:30-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Performances are set for Jan. 25, 26, 27, and Feb. 1, 2, 3, 2019.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” takes place in the Brewster home in Brooklyn, New York, in 1941. Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement.

Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years.

When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancée — all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, “Arsenic and Old Lace” has become a favorite with community, professional, and educational theaters throughout America.


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