Theater auditions: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ in Kissimmee

An audition notice from the Osceola Center for the Arts:

Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace

The Osceola Center for the Arts is holding open auditions for the play Arsenic and Old Lace Sunday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 17 from 6-8 p.m.  Auditions will be held at the Center and are open to the public.  Actors may attend either evening and will be asked to read from the script.  All roles are available and include the following characters:

  • Abby Brewster
  • Martha Brewster
  • Teddy Brewster
  • Elaine Harper
  • The Rev. Dr. Harper
  • Mortimer Brewster
  • Jonathan Brewster
  • Mr. Gibbs
  • Officer Brophy
  • Officer Klein
  • Dr. Einstein
  • Officer O’Hara
  • Lieutenant Rooney
  • Mr. Witherspoon

Written in 1939 by Joseph Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lace features the spinster Brewster sisters, who populate their cellar with the remains of lonely old men.  Their nephews add to the cast of characters in this dark comedy: Teddy, who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt; Mortimer, the drama critic; and Jonathan, a murderous gangster.  In 1944, Frank Capra directed the well-known film version starring Cary Grant, who played the role of Mortimer.

Arsenic and Old Lace runs Feb. 25 through March 6 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm and will be directed by Ron Colburn. Colburn directed last year’s classic play To Kill a Mockingbird and has appeared on-stage at the Center over the last 20 years.

Tickets for Arsenic and Old Lace are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students and can be purchased by calling 407.846.6257 x 0.  The Center is located at 2411 E. Hwy 192 between Kissimmee and St. Cloud.  For more information, please call 407.846.6257 or visit

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