AUDITIONS

Arsenic and Old Lace

Mon, August 15 at 7pm
Tue, August 16 at 7pm
St. Luke UMC
3210 Social Circle
Chattanooga

 

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Character Breakdown

WOMEN

  • Abby Brewster (Female 50-70 years old or able to Play age or able to Play age) A darling lady, and the very model of Victorian charm and grace, who poisons elderly gentlemen, with her sister as an act of charity. More dominant, and a bit older than Martha, both ladies are happy, healthy, lucid, and spry. The Aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

  • Martha Brewster (Female 50-70 years old or able to Play age) Very sweet, but more submissive than Abby, Martha still is a strong woman. Always wears a high collar. The Aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

  • Elaine Harper (Female 25-40 years old or able to Play age) An Attractive girl, daughter of Rev. Dr. Harper, and Mortimer’s fiancée. She is a little bit wily, sassy, and absolutely sharp.

MEN

  • Mortimer Brewster (Male 30-50 years old or able to Play age) Nephew of Abby and Martha, brother to both Teddy and Jonathan Brewster. Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine Harper. A good-hearted cynic who is about to have his world turned upside down. 

  • Teddy Brewster (40-60 years old or able to Play age) Very likable, kindhearted brother to Mortimer and Jonathan, Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man who believes that he is the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. 

  • Jonathan Brewster (40-60 years old or able to Play age) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, brother to Teddy and Mortimer. Jonathan is a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever. Jonathan is a killer, that loves his business and he’s got an unbelievably short temper. 

  • Dr. Einstein (45-55 years old or able to Play age) A German plastic surgeon, with an accent to prove it. Right hand to Jonathan, Dr. Einstein is mousey and submissive to Jonathan.  

  • The Reverend Dr. Harper (50-70 years old or able to Play age) (Cameo) We only see Elaine Harper’s father in the opening scene; a doctor of divinity, and the minister to the church next door to the Brewster house. 

  • Officer Brophy (25-45 years old or able to Play age) (Cameo) The first police officer we meet in the show, Brophy is a thoroughly likable sort of fellow. 

  • Officer Klein (25-45 years old or able to Play age) (Cameo) A flatfoot Brooklyn officer who makes his rounds with Officer Brophy collecting Christmas toys.

  • Officer O’Hara (any age) (Cameo) He is the quintessential example of an Irish-American police officer: Full of life, good-natured, and played big.  

  • Mr. Gibbs (55-80 years old or able to Play age) (Cameo) An elderly gentleman who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters; and nearly falls victim to the sisters “charity”. 

  • Lieutenant Rooney (50’s years old or able to Play age) (Cameo) The man in charge at the local police precinct. He is loud, decisive, and clearly in-charge of every situation in which he finds himself.

  • Mr. Witherspoon (50-60s years old or able to Play age) (Cameo) The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium. Very mild mannered and kind.

  • Corpse of Mr. Spinalzo (any age) Must be able to play dead and fit through a window.