Arsenic and Old Lace
A Full Circle production
Written by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Julie Wenck
Audition dates: February 9 & 11
7 pm - 9 pm at the MPAC Studio
May 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 pm
May 10 at 7 pm
For the clan known as Brewster insanity runs in the family. Two sweet old aunts take it upon themselves to poison lonely old men with nothing to live for, as an act of charity. Their nephew Mortimer has just got married and is trying to negotiate his way around the shenanigans of the house while trying to keep his new bride from fleeing. Shady brother John returns from a world adventure involving using corpses to change his appearance to allude capture. The merry mayhem continues with bugle-blowing brother Teddy who is charged with burial duties.
Martha Brewster - an elderly lady
Abby Brewster - her elderly sister
Teddy Brewster - their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt
Mortimer Brewster - their nephew
Elaine Harper - his fiance
Rev. Dr. Harper - her father
Officer O'Hara - a raconteur
Jonathan Brewster - Mortimer's murderous brother
Dr. Einstein - his accomplice
The Music Man
MPAC's annual spring musical
Written by Meredith Wilson
Directed by Carol Devendorf
Audition dates: February 23 & 25
February 23 from1-4 pm [8-10 year olds]
February 23 from 5 - 8pm [11-13]
February 25 6 - 9pm [14+]
Production Dates: June 12 - 14
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at it's best. Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
Characters (in approximate order of appearance)
Charlie Cowell: A traveling salesman who is on to Harold Hill's schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con-man behind Harold Hill.
Harold Hill: Our story's unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
Mayor Shinn: A blustery politician who is all too "self-important." Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
Ewart Dunlop: A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
Oliver Hix: A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
Jacey Squires: The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
Olin Britt: A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
Marcellus Washburn: Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
Tommy Djilas: An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
Marian Paroo: The stuffy town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.
Mrs. Paroo: Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
Amaryllis: A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo who may have a crush on Winthrop.
Winthrop Paroo: Marian's baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Mayor Shinn's peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
Zaneeta Shinn: The Mayor's fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
Alma Hix: A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Oliver Hix.
Maud Dunlop: A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Ewart Dunlop.
Ethel Toffelmier: A comical "Pick-a-Little Lady," and Marcellus Washburn's girlfriend.
Mrs. Squires: A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Jacey Squires
Ensemble: Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen, and more!