Brooke Hochstein ‘17: This year the Romeo Theater Company is putting on a play called Arsenic and Old Lace. Not being very well-known among the students at Romeo High School, we decided to go straight to the leads of the play to give us a little preview of what to expect.
Carly Wilson and Camryn D’Angelo, both seniors this year, have been involved with many Romeo plays in the past. They portray two sisters, Abby Brewster (D’Angelo) and Martha Brewster (Wilson).
The stars of the play describe their characters to be crazed, homicidal aunts living in a house together.
“Abby is a very sweet old lady,” D’Angelo said. “She’s light-hearted and oblivious that what she’s doing isn’t okay.”
“Our characters are very similar; they go hand and hand,” Wilson said. “They’re both innocent, sweet ladies who think they are being helpful by killing people but in reality they’re definitely not.”
The girls both agreed that this production proves to be different from others that Romeo put on in the past.
“It’s a dark comedy,” D’Angelo said. “It deals a lot with the idea of death but in a comedic way.”
Wilson added on to the idea of Arsenic and Old Lace being morbid, but at the same time humorous.
“When watching it you wanna laugh but you feel like you shouldn’t,” Wilson said. “It’s one of those shows where the comedy isn’t always in the lines it’s in the actions.”
Putting in so much time and effort toward this production, D’Angelo and Wilson are proud of the final project and can’t wait for you all to come see it.
“I think the students and Romeo community in general will really enjoy it because it’s different from anything we put on before,” Wilson said. “I think it will definitely keep everyone’s attention throughout the show.”
“I think they’ll like it because it’s nothing they’ve ever seen before,” D’Angelo said. “It’s a taboo topic to talk about, two old ladies trying to kill people, which makes it funny.”.
The two leads hope to see you there! Arsenic and Old Lace will be showing November 4th and 5th at 7p.m. and November 6th at 2p.m. in the auditorium. The tickets are $8 at the door, and a special school presentation of the play will take place on November 3rd during 2nd and 3rd hour, tickets $5.