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Carlton High School presents 'Arsenic and Old Lace' this weekend at Encore

Carlton High School presents "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet. Submitted photo

For the third year, the Carlton High School is partnering with County Seat Theater to present "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring.

“The County Seat Theater operated out of the school for 13 years,” County Seat general manager Joel Soukkala said. “We now get the opportunity to return the favor for these high school students."

Director Andrew Roemhildt has been working with the students at the school. Soukkala, Roemhildt and a crew of volunteers from the school and the County Seat Theater constructed a set, hung lights and prepared the stage for these young actors.

Volunteers from the County Seat Theater will be working closely with the students this week assisting with the final touches before the cast takes to the stage Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" takes place in the Brewster home in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1941. Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life. He has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper; he’s just become engaged; and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene – his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt – but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years.

When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancee, all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

“Carlton Schools is very proud of our partnership with County Seat Theater,” Carlton Superintendent Gwen Carman said.  “This partnership enables our students to participate in and learn about all of aspects of live theater. It is a tremendous opportunity for our students to utilize the County Seat Theater and its stage, equipment and theater seating. The end result is a live theater production with our Carlton students for all of us to enjoy. I encourage all community members to take the time to attend this unique experience."

"Arsenic and Old Lace" will be presented Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. They can be reserved by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 or at countyseattheater.com. Student artwork will also be displayed in the gallery.

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