Trine University Theatre announces 'Arsenic and Old Lace' cast

September 18, 2023

By Caitlin Mann
English ’25

Trine University Theatre will perform “Arsenic and Old Lace” this fall. 

Show dates for this classic dark comedy are: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts. Cast members have been selected and rehearsals have begun for the performance.  

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” written by Joseph Kesselring in 1939, is a dark comedy centered around Mortimer Brewster. Mortimer is a man living a happy life with a steady job and a new fiancé, until he visits his sweet, unassuming spinster aunts to announce his engagement. Although regarded as kind old ladies, there is more to Mortimer Brewster’s aunts than originally assumed. Brewster must battle the sinister plans of his aunts, combat his maniacal brother and protect his fiancé, all while keeping his own sanity intact. 

Cast members include: 

Mortimer – Aidan Smith, a mechanical engineering major from Connersville, Indiana 

Aunt Abby Brewster – Chantale Leavell, a biochemistry major from Gary, Indiana 

Aunt Martha Brewster – Sage Scherzer, a communication major from Elkhorn, Wisconsin 

Elaine – Evyenia Lawley, a science education major from Valparaiso, Indiana 

Jonathan Brewster – Sean Carpenter, a mechanical engineering major from Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Dr. Einstein – Muriel Mackie, a marketing major from Hillsdale, Michigan 

Teddy Brewster – Benton Knox, a mechanical engineering major from Indianapolis 

Rev. Dr. Harper – Parker Tillmon, a psychology major from Sturgis, Michigan 

Officer O’Hara – Michael Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics 

Officer Brophy – Andie Mendoza, a biomedical engineering major from LaGrange, Indiana 

Officer Kline – Tyler Kreider, a biology major from Trafalgar, Indiana 

Mr. Gibbs / Understudy 2 – Jason Branch, a psychology major from Chesterfield, Virginia 

Miss Witherspoon – Jo Drudge 

Lt. Rooney / Understudy 1 – Macy Bonifield, an elementary education major from Warsaw, Indiana 


Crew Members Include: 

Director: Lou Ann Homan 

Assistant Director: Jacob McNeal 

Stage Manager: Kat Kellogg, a marketing major from Bryan, Ohio 

Producer: Tim Hopp, Ph.D. 


Pricing information will be released at a later date. For more information, contact Director Lou Ann Homan at 

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