The Mask of Wine

Drama Club kicks off the year by announcing fall play

Zack Misner, Reporter

Every year the Falcon Theater hosts a fall play, 10-minute play festival, and then the spring musical and in that order. These events are all decided, or at least discussed about at the first few Drama Club meetings of the school year. For the fall play, the Falcon Theater will be putting on 1940s dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace.

The play takes place in the Brooklyn home of the Brewster family, who are descendants of the pilgrims that sailed on the Mayflower and made up entirely of homicidal maniacs. Mortimer Brewster is a drama critic who must deal with his homicidal family, the local police, and the fact that he’s considering calling off his wedding with the woman he’s promised to marry. The family is also comprised of two elderly aunts who have begun murdering lonely old men by lacing their wine with arsenic; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and is digging the panama canal which just so happens to serve as graves for the victims of the Aunts; and Jonathan who is the murderous brother who received plastic surgery to conceal his identity. Mortimer’s fiance, Elaine, and her father Reverend Dr. Harper are also featured in the production. More characters include Officer O’Hara who is a cop who presses Mortimer to read over his playwright, as well as Dr. Einstein who is Jonathan’s plastic surgeon.

“The play was chosen because it has a weird dark comedy to it, and we were kinda looking for that. The other two options weren’t as popular with the club members as well,” Drama Club president Caitlin Bauer said.

Auditions for the play took place Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 after school.

“Those who audition will need to expect something different than last year because of it being a new director, but from what I’ve been told, this time monologues are given to you which will be read on stage to show off who they are as an actor,” Bauer said.

One doesn’t even need to be in Drama Club to audition; however if one is interested in joining Drama Club they’ll need to know a few things.

To sign up, simply walk in and ask to join. There are not any prerequisites required. The main purpose of the club is to spend time with people who are also interested in drama and help in the production of shows. Being a member means you can take part in planned activities that take place throughout the year. In the past these have included movie nights and murder mysteries. The students are also trusted to be independent when it comes to questions and playwright choosing.

“I want you all [the students] to have a say in decisions and give input because this is your club and not mine,” drama director Nick Anderson said.

Attending meetings is vital to any club in terms of participation and interactivity.

“Just like last year, we will be meeting in the auditorium every Tuesday after school, unless something changes, and we encourage you to get more people to join us, ask your friends or even just grab someone from the hallway. We are open here; I will talk to you!” the club’s resident “mother” Rebecca Casad said.