Kentonite Among Cast of Fall Play at Bluffton University

Written by on October 15, 2019

BLUFFTON, Ohio—Bluffton University will present “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring for the fall play from Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

In “Arsenic and Old Lace,” theater critic Mortimer Brewster’s charming and charitable aunts have an usual ministry  helping lonely boarders to their heavenly rest by serving poisoned elderberry wine. The famous 1941 dark comedy features a nephew who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, a gangster on the run and unsuspecting police officers dropping in on the mayhem.

Tickets are on sale for the play, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Dr. Melissa Friesen, professor of communication and theatre, will direct the show, to be staged at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 in College Hall’s Ramseyer Auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for senior citizens, Bluffton University faculty and staff, and non-Bluffton University students; and free for Bluffton University students.

They are available online at; for assistance with tickets, call the box office at 419-358-3239.

The roles and participating students are as follows:

Abby Brewster: Payton Stephens ’23 of Lebanon, Ohio

Rev. Dr. Harper: Kayden Cordell ’23 of Marysville, Ohio

Teddy Brewster: Eric Lehman ’22 of Delphos, Ohio

Officer Brophy: Wyatt Walker ’23 of Farmland, Ind.

Officer Klein: Allison Heldman ’23 of Findlay, Ohio

Martha Brewster: Olivia “Lou” Westcott ’23 of Toledo, Ohio

Elaine Harper: Shannon Benner ’23 of Circleville, Ohio

Mortimer Brewster: Adam Shanaman ’22 of Bellevue, Ohio

Mr. Gibbs: Kayden Cordell ’23 of Marysville, Ohio

Jonathan Brewster: Adam Byram ’22 of Fort Recovery, Ohio

Dr. Einstein: Olivia Hattery ’23 of Kenton, Ohio

Officer O’Hara: Rae Auchmuty ’23 of Columbus Grove, Ohio

Lieutenant Rooney: Caleb Mikesell ’23 of Bluffton, Ohio

Mr. Witherspoon: Sara Poiry ’23 of Graytown, Ohio

Robert McMullen-Ruppert ’20, Montpelier, Ohio, is the stage manager. Mervin Schrock and Joan Bauer, both from Findlay, Ohio, are technical director and costume designer, respectively.

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