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Murder, chaos, and confusion are the words best used to describe Pioneer Drama Club’s production of the black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace.


Elderberry wine, poison, murder, Teddy Roosevelt, and pot roast. What do these things all have in common? They all play a crucial role in the black box production of Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Watch the chaos that ensues when Mortimer Brewster discovers that his sweet, elderly aunts (Abby and Martha) have been poisoning old men in their home. The chaos turns into full-blown pandemonium when Mortimer’s psychopath brother, Jonathan, makes an unwelcome return with his plastic surgeon and another dead body in tow. Throw in another brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, a tumultuous engagement, and several oblivious police officers, and you have a show that will keep you laughing and biting your nails at the same time.


Cast List

Abby Brewster- Helena Blackwell                         Martha Brewster- Samantha Salzler

Mortimer Brewster- Ryan Fisher                          Elaine Harper- Morgan Sherlock

Jonathan Brewster- Chandler Miles                    Dr. Einstein- Cora Blackwell

Teddy Brewster- Aiden Addesa


Other students in minor roles include Matt Kenyon, Ian Laird, Carol Pilling, Kara Boldt, Eirinn Mangan, Nick Tillinghast, Christian Kolasny, and Mary George.


The student director of the show is Megan Hazeltine, and our stage crew includes Ella Kehl, Charla Walsh, Ben Shephard, and others.


You can see the show on December 13, 14, and 15th at 7 pm in Pioneer High School’s George C. Crawford Auditorium. Tickets are only $6 each, and you can buy them ahead of time through Miss Cotton (C-109) and Mrs. Hogan in the PHS Library, or you can buy them at the door for the same price. Don’t wait too long though; there are only around 100 seats available for each show!