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Encore Theatre Company presents ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’

Encore Theatre Company presents “Arsenic & Old Lace” written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Don Breedwell.

We meet the charming and innocent ladies who 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—these require no further description or amplification here. 

Featuring Bonita Thompson, Lena Welch, Taylor Wilson, Shelena Walden, Mary Crowder, Jeff Lay, Brian Arroyo, Patrick Goedicke, David Reichert, Marc Sloan, H. Miller Dew, Michael Maddock, Amanda Higgins and Jeffrey Wilkerson

Performances are March 29, 30, April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.; April 7, 14 at 2:30 p.m. No Easter Sunday show. 

For reservations, visit the website or call 598-8950. Tickets available at the door while they last.

The theatre performance venue is located at 6878 Lebanon Road in Mt Juliet, just west of Hwy 109.

Presented by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service – New York.

Encore Theatre is a 501(c) non-profit community theatre serving Wilson County and surrounding areas.

Auditions for 

“The Murder Room”

Encore Theatre announces Auditions for “The Murder Room” by Jack Sharkey are Saturday, March 30, 2-7 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, 7-9 p.m. This show is a fabulous mystery farce.

It is with great pleasure that we bring the first show ever produced by Encore Theatre Company back to our stage. The 2013 production will be directed by Barbara S. Hartman. Show dates are 6/7/13 – 6/23/13.

“Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers … it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment” ~ Times

Character Breakdown

Edgar Hollister* – Member of the British landed gentry, father of Susan, appears to be in early 50’s

Mavis Templeton Hollister – His recent bride, glamorous, shallow, mid 30’s- 40’s

Mrs. Lottie Molloy – Their housekeeper, matronly, efficient, has known Susan since she was a child, mid 60’s

Abel Howard* – A police constable, appears to be plodding, 30’s

James Crandall – An inspector of police, quiet, stolid, doesn’t betray his feelings, mid 40’s

Susan Hollister – Edgar’s daughter, energetic, breezy, just graduated from college in the US, early 20’s

Barry Draper – Susan’s American fiancé, a solid and clever, early 20’s to 30’s

*Edgar and Abel are played by the same actor

British accents will be expected. Auditions will be cold-readings from the script.

Questions? Contact director Barbara S. Hartman (aka Bunny) at, call Encore at 615-598-8950 or email

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