THE wine decanter has been “doctored”, the set has been built and everything is ready in Goresbridge as Kilcumney Players prepare for this weekend’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace. The play will be presented in Ionad Dara tomorrow (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm each evening.
Arsenic and Old Lace is an American black comedy by Joseph Kesselring set in New York in the 1940s. This is the first American play the group has done and also their first black comedy. The entire cast and crew have really enjoyed the challenge.
The play tells the story of two charming and gentle old ladies who poison their poor, orphan lodgers in order to save them from the sorrows of this world. During the course of the play their nephew Mortimer discovers his aunts’ activities and sets about trying to sort out the situation.
The two charming and gentle murdering spinster sisters will be played by Margaret Coady as Abby Brewster and Ann Lennon as her sister Martha. The very demanding part of their nephew Mortimer Brewster will be played by Hugh Glynn from Carlow in his first role with Kilcumney Players while Nadine Devitor takes on the role of his fiancée Elaine Harper. Tom O’Loughlin will portray Elaine’s father, clergyman Dr Harper.
Mortimer’s sinister brother Jonathan will be played by Kilcumney stalwart John Whitely with Ciara Murphy as his reluctant sidekick Dr Hermione Einstein. Another Brewster brother Teddy thinks he is US President Teddy Roosevelt and helps his aunts by burying their victims in the cellar! Teddy will be played by Gerry Kavanagh.
The local Brooklyn police are regular visitors to the Brewster house and will be played by Yvonne Devitor, Paul Behan and Edward Hayden with Owen Blake as their commanding officer Lieutenant Rooney. Peter Prendergast will play the part of Mr Gibson, a caller to the house, while the superintendent of sanatorium Happy Dale is played by Mags Whitely.
Putting on a show of this scale would not be possible without the support of a huge number of friends and family members who get involved in front of house, programmes and showing people to their seats.
The members of Scuba Dice very kindly came to the assistance of the group last week. Kilcumney Players have a computerised lighting board which Liam Byrne set up for the first time. Many thanks to Scuba Dice and Mary Murphy.
The play is set in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s. This puts quite a demand on the costumes and props department headed up by Finousa Hanlon. The play requires a complicated set with stairs, cellar and several doors – all in the very capable hands of Ciaran Murphy, Tim Carr and Rory Murphy. PRO for Kilkcumney Players is Mags Whitely and the play is directed by Mary Meaney. Technical support will be provided by Maeubh Brennan and Claire Hanlon on lights and sound.
Tickets cost e10 for adults, e8 for students and senior citizens and e5 for children. Family tickets are e25 and group rates are available. Booking is on 087 4129215.