Bellevue Little Theatre Presents Arsenic and Old Lace
By Clara Arnsdorff, Contributor
Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 W Mission Ave. in Olde Towne Bellevue will open the new year with the classic play ‘Arsenic and Old Lace‘ on January 18. The comedy will continue on week-ends through Sunday Feb. 3. Curtain is at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors over 65 and $10 for students.
Reservations are recommended and may be made online at www.bellevuelittletheatre.weebly.com or by calling 402-291-1554 between 10 am and 4:00 pm Monday thru Saturday.
Todd Uhrmachher will direct the production and is also doing costumes. Kate Jorgensen is stage manager. Joey Lorincz is in charge of lighting design and set design and construction. Holly Marino is the sound technician, and Katie Kimble is lighting technician.
This classic comedy by American playright Joseph Kesserling follows Mortimer Brewster and his unusual family. Mortimer 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 and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — 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 fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity.
Abby – Lois Nemec
Martha – Ruth Rath
Mortimer – Frank Hupp
Teddy – Mark Kocsis
Jonathan – Tim Barr
Officer Brophy – Justin Eller
Officer Klein – Kim Alger
Dr. Harper/Lt. Rooney – Gene Hinkle
Mr. Gibbs/Mr. Witherspoon – Dean Matuszewski
Officer O’Hara – Giovanni Quesada
Dr. Einstein – Ron Chvala
Elaine Harper – Paige Contignola