The Nutmeg Chatter Spotlight shines on the team behind the scenes at the Thomaston Opera House and their production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Produced by Jeffrey Dunn and directed by Lucia Dressel, this send up of manners, murder and mayhem is a period piece with timeless humor. To bring this comic tale to life there’s the twelve members of the cast who the audience meets through their roles on stage but there’s also a team behind the scenes who make the magic happen.
Kate K. Luurtsema took on the role of Stage Manager and Production manager and, along with director Lucia Dressel, created the set design which plays an integral role in the story! The sound designer, Gary Kingsbury, and assistant sound designer, Jim Luurtsema, take their place at soundboard at the top of the mezzanine meanwhile Emily Collins, assistant stage manager, and the crew Caitlin Barra, Nicole Thomas and Patti Rice work behind the stage.
In addition to the talent already mentioned, there were 7 team members who created the costumes under the direction of Barbara Piscopo and 9 team members who were set painters and prop constructionists (with props master Sara Wilson) and that’s in addition to the fact there were two master carpenters, Peter Bard and Alex Dunn (Dunn was the lighting designer as well). The fight choreography was created by Rob Richnavsky (and there will be a future Nutmeg Chatter Spotlight on Richnavsky’s fight choreography). The video and photography is done by Ashley Royer and David Verdosci and of course Juan Cardona Jr is the Opera House Organist.
All in all there’s an army of talent who bring the show to life.
Arsenic and Old Lace continues its run today, Sunday 3/22 at 2pm and then the following weekend 3/27 an 3/28 at 8pm and 3/29 at 2pm.