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School Of The Holy Child Stages 'Arsenic And Old Lace'

Augusta “Gus” Pendergast and Ann Marie “Annie” Devine rehearsing for School of the Holy Child's presentation of "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Augusta “Gus” Pendergast and Ann Marie “Annie” Devine rehearsing for School of the Holy Child's presentation of "Arsenic and Old Lace." Photo Credit: Contributed
The cast of "Arsenic and Old Lace" by School of the Holy Child's Gryphon Players: Shristhi Avasthi, Hunter Brady, Ann Marie “Annie” Devine, Augusta “Gus” Pendergast, Carolyn Caruso and Asha Perry.
The cast of "Arsenic and Old Lace" by School of the Holy Child's Gryphon Players: Shristhi Avasthi, Hunter Brady, Ann Marie “Annie” Devine, Augusta “Gus” Pendergast, Carolyn Caruso and Asha Perry. Photo Credit: Contributed

RYE, N.Y. – School of the Holy Child’s Gryphon Players bring the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” to the stage Friday and Saturday in Rye.

The play tells the story of Mortimer Brewster (Hunter Brady, ’13, Stamford, Conn.), a drama critic living in Brooklyn with his elderly aunts, Abby (Augusta “Gus” Pendergast, ’14, Greenwich, Conn.) and Martha (Ann Marie “Annie” Devine, ’14, White Plains).

After proposing to his sweetheart, Elaine (Carolyn Caruso, ’13, Bronxville), Mortimer’s life starts to unravel when he learns his beloved aunts are murdering lonely old men with elderberry wine laced with arsenic. The rest of the family is pretty crazy, too: Brother Teddy (Asha Perry, '14, Mount Vernon) spends his time digging up the basement of the family home — an excellent place to stash the bodies — and brother Jonathan (Shristhi Avasthi, ’14, Yonkers) has undergone plastic surgery to alter his appearance in hopes of evading arrest.

“Our ensemble cast is fully committed to the physical comedy, pace and excitement of the piece,” director Kim Calhoun said in a release. “I could not be happier with the results. It is a hilarious play, with a fabulous cast, and quite simply a great deal of fun for the entire family."

“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented free at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10. School of the Holy Child is located at 2225 Westchester Ave. in Rye.

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