Cast list announced


Cast list announced for fall play at Bluffton University

Cast list announced for fall play

Cast list announced for fall play

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 ¾ 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.