A partial cast of the upcoming Mabel-Canton drama, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The cast includes Mitchell Lee, Emily Brumm, Nicole Eiken, Austen Whitacre, Dillan Adar, Sara Vettleson-Trutza, Laura Vettleson-Trutza, Yasmin Scrabeck and Courtney Graves.  DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
A partial cast of the upcoming Mabel-Canton drama, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The cast includes Mitchell Lee, Emily Brumm, Nicole Eiken, Austen Whitacre, Dillan Adar, Sara Vettleson-Trutza, Laura Vettleson-Trutza, Yasmin Scrabeck and Courtney Graves. DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
A classic dark comedy from the 1940s will be brought to life at Mabel-Canton this November. Director Sara Kroshus of Spring Grove said nine Mabel-Canton students are involved in the play, "Arsenic and Old Lace," which will be performed Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m.

Practices for the performances have already begun. Kroshus said the plot line takes place in the 1940s in Brooklyn.

"Two sweet spinster ladies, named Abby and Martha are running a boarding house. They take in nice sweet little old men as their boarders - but they feel so bad for them that they are all alone in the world that they decide to start killing them off."

Kroshus said there will be an extensive set that will be built in the coming weeks. "There are several entrances and exits from outside and through a window (in the performance) and there will be an extra platform that we need to build."

They will be borrowing props from Ye Olde Opera House in Spring Grove, using what is available at the school and also drawing from the students themselves.

This is Kroshus' third year directing the drama program at Mabel-Canton. Almost right after "Arsenic and Old Lace", students will begin work on the second drama of the year.

Rehearsals for the school's one-act play will begin in December with performances at the end of January.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is a two-act performance, and will run about two hours, including an intermission. Ticket prices for adults are $5 and tickets for students are $3.

"Please come out and support the arts in your area - because these kids work so hard and they deserve your support. This is a very funny, silly show that sounds kind of kooky but is wonderful - and just a fun show," Kroshus said.