?Arsenic and Old Lace? astounds

November 14, 2013
Kelleen Moriarty '15 as Mortimer

Students, parents, and friends packed the Chapel/Auditorium over the first weekend in November for a spectacular production of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a play set in the 1940’s, revolving around the eccentric Brewster family. The cast and crew did an amazing job with the monster production, bringing to life the dark comedy. Madeira actresses played every role of the verbose play flawlessly. They memorized 93 pages of script in preparation for the production, and were generously rewarded with the audiences’ engagement throughout the play. “It was truly gratifying to hear the audience roaring with laughter,” beamed Director of Theater and Film, Krista Cowan.  

Also bringing the play to life was the intricate set, which took over a month and half to build. From working lamps to the time-period relevant magazines on the coffee table, no detail of the Victorian home interior was overlooked. “It is undoubtedly the most intricate set our crew has ever built,” said Cowan. “Ms. Goldstein’s design was beautifully executed through many hours of hard work.”

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