Auditions are being held for the next Virgin Valley Theatre Group Production of Arsenic and Old Lace.

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 and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure 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, (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff), returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé all while trying to keep his own sanity as well. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite amongst regional theatres throughout America.

Abby Brewster: A darling lady in her sixties who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer; The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine; Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man in his forties who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt; Officer Brophy: A police officer; Officer Klein: A police officer; Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer; Elaine Harper: An attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer’s fiancé, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter; Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts; Mr. Gibbs: A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters; Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff; Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic who is in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times; Officer O’Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play;  Lieutenant Roony: A tough and dominating police officer;  Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium.

Thursday, April 26

Crochet and More Club

Where: Mesquite Library, 150 N. Yucca St.

When: 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Kids Steam-Lego

Where: Mesquite Library, 150 N. Yucca St.

When: 4 p.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Friday, April 27

Ages 0-5 Story Time

Where: Mesquite Library, 150 N. Yucca St.

When: 11 a.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Teen Scene

Where: Mesquite Library, 150 N. Yucca St.

When: 3:30 p.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Thomas Nicholas Band

Where: Mesquite Fine Arts Center Pavillion, 15 W. Mesquite Blvd.

When: 6-7 p.m.

Info: 702-346-1338

Saturday, April 28

Country Artists Tribute Show

Where: Casablanca Showroom, 950 W. Mesquite Blvd.

When: 8:30 p.m.


Monday, April 30

Bereavement Group

Where: Mesquite Library, 150 N. Yucca St.

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1

Technical Review Meeting

Where: City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd.

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m.


Wednesday, May 2

Auditions-Arsenic and Old Lace

Where: Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 N. Yucca St.

When: 6-9 p.m.