Community theater group holds final performance of “Tea and Arsenic”

February 24, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — It was opening night for “Tea and Arsenic” performed by the River Cities Community Theater Players on Thursday. As in every opening night in live theater, there were some hiccups before the show started but the RCCTP staff powered through and the cast delivered a great performance.

According to Brian Burns, director of “Tea and Arsenic,” there were about 56 people at the opening night.

“We had a good turnout tonight being that it was Thursday and the weather was cold and wet,” said Burns. “However, we did a good job in our pre-sale tickets which we had 225 sold.”

The RCCTP performance of “Tea and Arsenic” concludes at 2 p.m. today at the Fox Creek Junior High School, 3101 Desert Sky Blvd.

Throughout the play, the crowd was engaged with the performance and they were laughing at all the punchlines the actors delivered — which is exactly what the cast wanted to happen.

“All we want is for the audience to have a good time and to enjoy watching the performance,” said Doreen Hansen, who played Miss Crump. “It makes it easier to play off the crowd’s energy when they are engaged and enjoying the play.”

“Tea and Arsenic” is a spoof on “Arsenic and Old Lace” a 1944 movie that featured film stars Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane and Raymond Massey. The play is considered to be a mystery-comedy

that takes place in the living room of a New England mansion. The characters are witnesses to a murder, which leaves them wondering who could have committed the crime. They try to take matters into their own hands to solve the mystery, which leaves them in unusual circumstances.

“I think that overall our opening night went well,” said Burns. “All of the actors did a wonderful job, and the most important part was that the crowd was engaged throughout the entire play.”

Burns mentioned that the next show for the RCCTP is “Cloak and Dagger,” a comic spoof of “Casablanca” with dangerous and desperate characters galore. The play is to be performed at Laughlin High School from April 25-28 with times to be announced.