Arsenic & Old Lace – Rescheduled!

By Isaac Schmid

Well it’s certainly been a strange year! Arsenic and Old Lace should have wrapped up over 3 months ago. The Addams Family should have been getting ready to open in September. And rehearsals for The Golden Age should have been ticking along nicely. Lots of ‘should haves’.

But, just like a theatre performance, life doesn’t always go to plan! So, from a theatrical perspective, we can forget 2020 and start looking forward to next year. Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic American comedy set in Brooklyn in the 1940’s. Originally a play, it was developed into a 1944 film starring Cary Grant.

We are now hoping to present this in May 2021. We already had 2 months of rehearsals, and the actors were having great fun bringing their zany characters to life. I have no doubt that it will keep our audiences thoroughly entertained. A special mention needs to go out to Gabe Noonan, who has already put in hours of work for the show. Gabe has managed to find furniture, props and costumes that perfectly match the 1940’s setting.

I first became involved in the Rosebud theatre community back in 2005, when I moved to the peninsula with my wife and 3 children. Gabe was the Director of that year’s musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Since then, I have seen Gabe work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help put on numerous plays and musicals for Southern Peninsula theatre lovers.

We have assembled a great cast, all of whom have had previous experience in theatre, both locally and further afield. Fortunately, most of the cast should be able to re-commit to their roles next year. However, some may be unavailable due to other plans. This means we might need to hold more auditions for some roles. This will most likely take place in late January next year.

As always, we will also need people helping with set-builds, back stage and Front-of house, so let us know if you would like to be involved. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing all members of our theatre family again. In the meantime, stay safe and try to smile under your masks! Isaac Schmid.