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John Patrick Rice Ph.D. Director of Theatre Great Basin College Phone: 775.327.2249

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Great Basin College Theatre

GBC Theatre Presents Streaming and Radio Performances

Great Basin College Theatre will present a streaming and radio performance of Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring, March 16 through 20, 2021.

The story follows Mortimer Brewster (Tanner Ames) who is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged to Elaine Harper (Kelsey Rogers), who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister (Josh Rogers). Mortimer visits his sweet spinster aunts, Abby (Kate Rhoswen) and Martha (Kelsey Rogers) Brewster, who raised him to announce his engagement.

Mortimer warns his fiancé, "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops." Mortimer always knew that his family, though descended from the Mayflower settlers, was a bit mad.

Mortimer’s world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been charitably, in their opinion, poisoning lonely old men with their special elderberry wine for years.

When Mortimer’s maniacal brother Jonathan (Scott Glennon), who now inexplicably looks like Boris Karloff, returns with his accomplice Dr. Einstein (Richard Fericks) 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.

The police get involved (Dori Andreport as Officer Brophy) as the plot thickens.

An uproarious farce, Arsenic and Old Lace premiered on Broadway in 1941 to rave reviews—the New York Times writing that it was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” It was made into a movie starring Cary Grant, which was released in 1944, after the play closed.

Admission is free, and donations will be gratefully accepted.

Who We Are and What We Do!

The Great Basin College Theater has been transforming the American Theatre Experience since 1996. As part of the Great Basin College Arts and Letters Department, students and faculty join together for enlightened experiences of fine arts, humanities, English, foreign language and communication. The programs are critical components of every academic and training degree program offered by the college.

GBC Theatre offers courses in acting, oral interpretation, stage voice, movement for the stage, theatre technology, dramatic analysis and more. Special Topic courses are added to the schedule regularly, generally taking advantage of the specific skills GBC Theatre’s many guest artists and instructors can provide. In the past, courses in playwrighting, armature, effects makeup, Suzuki Movement Training, stage combat and comedy improv have been offered.

As the mission of Great Basin College has expanded, so has its reach. The college service area now includes more than half of Nevada’s seventeen counties, covers 80% of Nevada’s geographical area, and serves five percent of the state’s total population. It’s a big state, and Great Basin College intends to educate it. Using state of the art distance learning technologies, students in even the furthest reaches of Nevada will have equitable access to the opportunities higher education has been providing to their urban counterparts for decades. It requires fierce commitment from the college and creates a tremendous opportunity for the entire state of Nevada.

GBC theatre now offers almost all of its courses using distance-learning technologies. By combining traditional theatre teaching techniques with advanced technologies, students are accessing a learning experience with seasoned theatre professionals that heretofore had not even been conceived. And, what’s more, they are being prepared for the theatre of today. Added to other fine arts and humanities courses already offered with distance technologies, and it is easy understand why Great Basin College is recognized as one of the most efficient and innovative colleges in the state.

For More Information Contact

John Patrick Rice Ph.D.
Director of Theatre
Great Basin College
Phone: 775.327.2249

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 4,000 students are enrolled annually online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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