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Arsenic and Old Lace

Nicolet Players ready for
Arsenic and Old Lace this May

Arsenic and Old Lace Cast

 The cast is set and rehearsals are in high gear as actors in the Nicolet Players community theater troupe prepare to perform Arsenic and Old Lace this May at Nicolet College.

Cast members for the wacky comedy include, first row, left to right, Gerald Shidell, Rhinelander, Gabe Olifierowicz, Pelican Lake, Dan Brekke, Rhinelander, and Sawyer Miller, Arbor Vitae; second row, Lacey Tatro, Three Lakes, Josh Gustafson, Minocqua, Marlene Kelly Davis, Kathy Black, both from Rhinelander, Charles Lynch, Crandon, and Tim Stefanich, Tomahawk; third row, Tony Jones, Steve Richardson, Al Higgins, all from Rhinelander, and Angelo Guercio, Eagle River.

The classic, madcap comedy has been a favorite of theater troupes for more than 70 years, and many people will recall the classic 1944 film version starring Carey Grant.

In a comedy where kindness kills, Abby and Martha Brewster are known for their virtues and charitable acts. But the sweet sisters have taken on another project as well - befriending lonely older gentlemen and then poisoning them with arsenic-laced elderberry wine. When the sisters' nephew Mortimer comes home for a visit, his aunts' misdeeds and the schemes of his insane brothers are uncovered.  When Mortimer’s maniacal brother Jonathan returns on the night that the aunts are 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 as well.

Performances in the Nicolet College Theatre are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 5, 6, and 11 to 13 and at 2 p.m. May 7 and 14.

Tickets are $9 and $7 and can be ordered online or by calling (715) 365-4646.