Arsenic and Old Lace to Wrap Up SVTC Season

Jason Setnyk
Arsenic and Old Lace to Wrap Up SVTC Season
Lacie Petrynka (left), Rebecca Sorrell and Mike Chatelaine (seated), and Haley Taylor (right) during a rehearsal (Photo : Jason Setnyk)

Cornwall, Ontario – The Seaway Valley Theatre Company (SVTC) is set to close its 2023/2024 season with the classic black comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Directed by Heather Ramjist in her directorial debut, the production promises a mix of dark humor and quirky twists. Performances will run from May 10 through May 26 at the Seaway Valley Theatre at 30 Sixth Street East in Cornwall, Ontario.

Ramjist, who has previously graced the stage in notable roles including Tanya in “Mamma Mia” and Elsa Schraeder in “Sound of Music,” shared her excitement about her new role behind the scenes. “Directing has been a fantastic journey. Seeing my vision come to life without the stress of memorizing lines is thrilling. The challenges ofcoordinating sets, designs, and props have been significant, but my teams have been outstanding,” said Ramjist.

The play, penned by Joseph Kesserling and produced by Josée Julien, follows drama critic Mortimer Brewster as he deals with his eccentric family, including two murderous aunts and a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt, and another brother who resorts to plastic surgery to evade the police. “It’s a story full of unexpected revelations and dark secrets, ensuring a humorous yet thrilling experience for our audience,” Ramjist added.

The cast comprises 14 seasoned actors supported by numerous volunteers handling everything from set design to props, ensuring a seamless production. “We’re just polishing the show now, preparing for a spectacular opening night,” Ramjist concluded.

The play will be performed on May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 PM, and on May 12, 19, and 26 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available online at The Ticket Wicket or at the door. The theatre will also host a special dinner theatre performance on May 11, featuring a pasta supper and optional vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

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