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Arsenic & Old Lace

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Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring will be held by video submission only. Videos must be received no later than 11:59pm on Monday, March 4th to be considered for callbacks. Specific details about video submission are below.

Arsenic and Old Lace will be directed by Mark Fossen.

In-person callbacks, by invitation only, are scheduled for March 16, 2024. Details will be included if invited to callbacks. 

Arsenic and Old Lace runs August 16th-September 21st. Rehearsals will begin on or around June 10, 2024.

This page will be updated when callback invitations and casting have been sent.

A Note About Casting: At Hale Center Theater Orem we seek to honor the intentions of the works we produce. If nothing specific is given by the original playwright regarding the characteristics of any given role, and/or if those characteristics do not affect the intended story in any significant way, we will not consider any certain person or type over others when casting.

We invite anyone and everyone to audition for any and all of our productions, regardless of any physical attribute, gender, race, age, ability, ethnicity, or experience. All are welcome at HCTO.

Video Audition Details:

Please film yourself performing a monologue in the style of the show: preferably classic American comedies from the mid-20th Century, but any comic monologue featuring strong character choices and pace will be appropriate (1-2 minutes). Memorization is suggested, but not required.

YouTube links and non-secured Google Drive links are the easiest. Many people will be watching your audition video and open links make it simplest for everyone to access.

Along with completing the AUDITION FORM, please send your audition videos along with a headshot and resume to no later than March 4th, 2024 at 11:59pm to be considered for callbacks. 

The audition form is available here.

Character Descriptions

All roles are available. We are looking for a diverse cast with a variety of body types. Some roles may be doubled.

ABBY BREWSTER (Female Presenting; able to play 50+)

A darling lady in her sixties who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

MARTHA BREWSTER (Female Presenting; able to play 50+)

Sister to Abby. Another sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm. Martha is the server of the two. Cooks and prepares the table and “doctors” the wine. Is charitable to a fault.

MORTIMER BREWSTER (Male presenting; able to play late 20s-30s)

Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic. A good-hearted cynic, he is engaged to Elaine. Mortimer cares for his aunts, but his world is turned upside-down as he tries to untangle their crazy, homicidal dilemma.

ELAINE HARPER (Female-presenting; able to play 20s-30s)

Witty, smart foil to Mortimer. Mortimer’s fiancee, and the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter.

JONATHAN BREWSTER (Male Presenting; able to play 40s-50s)

Older nephew to Abby and Martha, physically imposing, sinister, is said to resemble Boris Karloff. Very smart, manipulative, and delights in the macabre.

TEDDY BREWSTER (Male Presenting; able to play 30s-40s)

Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man in his forties who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.

DR. EINSTEIN (Male Presenting; able to play 30s-40s)

Down on his luck, foil to Jonathan, slightly boozy, with the feel of a mad scientist. Speaks with a German accent.

OFFICER O'HARA (Male Presenting; able to play 40s)

Another beat cop, fancies himself a playwright. Talkative and not the brightest bulb in the drawer.

OFFICER BROPHY (Male Presenting; able to play 30s-40s)

Beat cop, sincere, good partner to Officer Klein. Brooklyn dialect.

OFFICER KLEIN (Male Presenting; able to play 30s-40s)

Beat cop, sincere, good partner to Officer Brophy. Irish dialect.

LIEUTENANT ROONEY (Male Presenting; able to play 50s-60s)

Tough detective who worked his way through the ranks, the commanding officer of the precinct.

REVEREND DR. HARPER (Male Presenting; able to play 50s-60s)

Typical clergyman of the age. Widower father to Elaine, good neighbor to the Brewsters.

MR. WITHERSPOON (Male Presenting; able to play 60s)

Tight-lipped disciplinarian. Runs the Happy Dale sanatorium, but there is nothing happy about him.

MR. GIBBS (Male Presenting; able to play 50s-60s)

An elderly man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.


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