GECA performs for ‘responsive’ crowd

Published 9:45 am Wednesday, September 22, 2010

All went well during last weekend’s performance of “Arsenic and Old Lace” put on by the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts in their theater located on South Trammell Street in the old Bateson’s Furniture Store.

The group performed three shows during the weekend and will put on three more this weekend, according to Phil Johnson.

Johnson said this past weekend’s performances went as expected.

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“Everything went really well,” Johnson said. “We had a very responsive audience, and the play went off without a hitch.”

There are some changes being made to the play’s scheduled run with the dessert show that was scheduled for last night to be performed Friday instead.

Mike McMorris, who was performing as Mortimer Brewster, will be leaving the show and will be replaced by Eric Van Devort of Main Street Theatrics out of Pensacola, Fla.

Johnson said the reason was a cast member had to leave the play and be replaced.

“As we always say, life happens,” Johnson said. “I have performed with Eric before. He has agreed to take a leave from a show he is in rehearsals with and come to Atmore to do the role with us. Eric has done this role before and he thinks he can get up to speed quickly, and I agree. We look forward to continuing the run of Arsenic and Old Lace and we hope the community will come out and support GECA’s efforts. Another theater saying is ‘The show must go on.’ And so it will.”

The Tuesday night dessert show was rescheduled for Friday night, Sept. 24. Rather than a performance Tuesday night, the cast held a rehearsal. However, if anyone had tickets for Tuesday, they were welcome to come, watch the rehearsal and enjoy the desserts that were already there. Tuesday night tickets could be exchanged for the Friday night show.

The price for the Tuesday dessert show was set at $15, but tickets for the Friday night dessert show are only $10.

Mortimer Brewster looks on in disbelief at his aunt Martha and aunt Abby after learning that they have been poisoning people in their home.|Photo by Chandler Myers