Holyoke High School student actors in “Arsenic and Old Lace” are pictured from left, front row, LorenJo Oberle, Dylan Miles, Brenna Gatton, Ashlyn Marcum, Kailar Hayes and Remington Hielscher; and back row, Lali Marquez, Tristen Ferguson, Levi Ford, Kenneth Lindholm, Zander Salyers and Juan Diaz. The ensemble will take the stage April 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Get a dose of dark humor at HHS production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

    Lonely old men, beware. A couple of spinsters have it in their heads that killing such men is a charitable deed. Is it a horrific storyline? Yes. But it’s also sure to be hilarious — just steer clear of the elderberry wine.
    Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 play “Arsenic and Old Lace” is set to take the stage at the Holyoke High School Auditorium this weekend. Presented by the Dragon Theatre Company, the show will go on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the HHS office this week but will also be available at the door.
    Spectators will be transported to the Brooklyn home of the Brewster family. They may have once been an elite bloodline, but things have since changed — drastically. Abby and Martha Brewster, played by Brenna Gatton and Ashlyn Marcum, are the spinster aunts who live in the home, caring for their nephew Teddy, played by Kailar Hayes. He believes that he’s Theodore Roosevelt. A career criminal up to some mischief of his own, Jonathan Brewster is played by Kenneth Lindholm.
    Another nephew, Mortimer, played by Dylan Miles, seems to be the only normal one in the family. In the midst of courting Elaine Harper, played by LorenJo Oberle, he finds himself in the middle of his family’s murderous antics.

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