Penn College Theatrics completes first production

Published 02.08.2024

Photos by Matt Deane, student photographer


Penn College Theatrics welcomed the community to its first performance, the classic play "Arsenic and Old Lace," on Saturday and Sunday in the Klump Acadmic Center Auditorium.

"This show was a monumental effort from everyone involved, and we are grateful for all of the support we have received, especially from our peers," said Mary B. Herndon, the play's director and a founding member of the student club. "We hope that this show has inspired students to get out of their comfort zone and try something new."

"The students did all the work themselves," added Thomas E. Ask, Penn College Theatrics adviser and professor of industrial design. "They worked independently to manage the auditions and rehearsals as well as design and create the costumes, props and stage sets." 

Photos show the cast's final dress rehearsal.

The full cast and crew: Seated, from left: Cameron J. Quinn, Leslie Escamilla-Ambrosio, Kyle Venarchick, Katheryn Juarez. Standing, from left: Jacob A. Martinez, Kayla E. Maahs, Mary B. Herndon, Jaydon M. Cottage, Olivia D. Magaan, Megan R. Adams, Jared S. Patten, Chard R. Cort, Quill A. Lewis, Frankie M. Gagliardi III and Niko L. Ratjavong. (Photo provided by Penn College Theatrics)
Cameron J. Quinn as "Teddy Brewster"
Quill A. Lewis, as "Mr. Witherspoon," studies the script.
Olivia D. Magann (left) and Megan R. Adams as "Officer Klein" and "Officer Brophy"
Quinn makes a scene.
Katheryn Juarez as "Martha Brewster"
"Abigail Brewster," played by Leslie Escamilla-Ambrosio (right), sets the table.
Mary B. Herndon and Kyle M. Venarchick, as "Mary Harper" and "Mortimer Brewster"
Venarchick makes a call
Escamilla-Ambrosio, Veharchick, Adams (as "Mr. Gibbs") and Juarez
"Dr. Einstein," played by Chad R. Cort
The sisters nervously talk with their nephew "Jonathan," played by Jared S. Patten.
The lively cast and crew hams it up for the photographer