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Prairie Wind Players to present 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

The Prairie Wind Players will present the classic comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace," Thursday, August 19 through Sunday, August 22.

Area actors will be performing in this play, which will take place at the Roosevelt Hall in Barrett.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" performances are Thursday evening, August 19; dinner theater, Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21, with a matinee on Sunday, August 22. Curtain time is 7:30 for all evening performances with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Doors open and seating begins for dinner theater at 6 p.m. Curtain time for the Sunday matinee is 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1:15 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students grades 12 and younger. Dinner theater tickets are $30 and reservations are required.

For dinner theater reservations, call Tammy at (218) 731-0212 or e-mail:

The play takes place in 1941 in the Brewster home located next to a cemetery and parsonage in Brooklyn.

Here you meet the charming Brewster sisters - Aunt Abby, played by Sandy Alvstad of Evansville, and Aunt Martha, played by Alaine Risbrudt of Battle Lake.

The two women populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers - the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the activities of the other brother.

Their nephews are Mortimer Brewster, played by Quincy Roers of Alexandria; Jonathan Brewster, played by Jim Johnson of Herman; and Teddy Brewster, played by Dany Pederson of Herman.

Next door lives the Rev. Doctor Harper, played by Jim Barbour of Morris, and his daughter, Elaine (who is engaged to Mortimer), played by Leah Drexler from Norcross.

Dr. Herman Einstein (Jonathan's sidekick) is played by Randy King from Fergus Falls. The Brooklyn police officers are Officer O'Hara (Kevin Stier of Elbow Lake), Officer Brophy (Curtis Deterding of Fergus Falls), Officer Kline (Twig Webster from Morris), and Lieutenant Rooney, played by Jim Barbour, also of Morris.

Joining in the mayhem is Mr. Gibbs, played by John Thalmann of Henning, and Mr. Witherspoon, who is played by Claremont Anderson of Hoffman.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is produced by Christy Johnson from Herman. The stage director is Sharon Thalmann. She and her husband John Thalmann, the set designer and builder, are both from Henning. The assistant director is Christy Meier from Alexandria, and Arlyn Swenson from Hoffman is the technical director.

Props, costumes, and stage dressings are provided by John and Sharon Thalman, Al and Becky Behm of Lowry, and Sentimental Journey Antiques of Herman.