Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Musicals

Ruston Community Theatre


 Joseph Kesselring
Ruston Community Theatre is pleased to hold auditions for its upcoming killer comedy play, Joseph Kesselring’s "Arsenic and Old Lace”.   The play will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj and is sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, Dr. Ben Grigsby.   The show will open at the Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston on October 5th through 8th 2017.

The play is set in Brewster home in Brooklyn, NY in 1941. The story revolves around a newspaper drama critic Mortimer Brewster, a normal, run‐of‐the‐mill guy and his efforts to untangle the weaves of troubles spun by his wackiest, weirdest family which is extended beyond his two sweet aunts who have some twisted sense of sympathy toward old and lonely gentlemen.


ABBY BREWSTER: One Of Two Elderly Sisters.
DR. HARPER: Elaine’s Father, A Doctor Of Divinity, Minister Of The Church Next Door To The Brewsters.
TEDDY BREWSTER: Brother To Mortimer. He Thinks He’s Theodore Roosevelt.
OFFICER BROPHY:  A Thoroughly Likable Police Officer.
OFFICER KLEIN: Klien Is Not Good At Cleaning Guns. Also, Likable.
MARTHA BREWSTER: Another Brewster Sister.
MORTIMER BREWSTER (Male, Low To Mid‐30’s): One Of The Three Nephews Of Abby And Martha, And Brother To Both Teddy And Jonathan Brewster.
ELIANE HARPER: Mortimer's Fiancee, Daughter Of A Minister. She Really Doesn’t Play Well The Role Of A Minister’s Daughter.
MR. GIBBS: A Quiet And Lonely Old Gentleman – A Perfect Candidate To Earn Brewster Sister's  Sympathy.
JONATHAN BREWSTER: A Sociopath, Shady, Creepy, Unpredictable, Short‐Tempered, Violent Murderer - A Felon On The Run. Has Some Resemblance To Boris Karloff.
DR. EINSTEIN: A Companion And Plastic Surgeon To Jonathan.
OFFICER O’HARA: Good‐Natured And Well‐Intentioned But Annoying.
LT. ROONEY: The Man In Charge At The Local Police Precinct. A Pretty Strong Boss Trying To Run A Pretty Tight Ship.
MR. WITHERSPOON: Superintendent Of Happydale Sanitarium.
MR. HOSKINS: A Dead Body.
MR. SPELANZO: A Dead Body.

Other production helps required are costumes design, sound design, light design, stage management, back stage help, and set construction.

The auditions dates are Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 am, and Monday, July 31st at 6:00 PM at the Dixie Center for the Arts.  No prior experience or preparation is necessary.  The audition will consist of a cold reading from the script. Those who can not attend either of these days may call the director at 318-251-8645 for alternative arrangement for audition. All roles are open to all ethnicities. Be sure to like us on Facebook at to stay informed on other RCT events and shows. Call the box office for tickets at 318-255-1450 or purchase them online at .

Ruston Community Theatre  Audition Dates