Head to the Shows!

Garner has a thriving arts and theater scene, with several upcoming shows you won’t want to miss.

The first stars a full cast of locals, as the Towne Players of Garner present one of the most popular community theater shows in history, Arsenic & Old Lace, beginning this Friday night, Oct. 12.

Arsenic & Old Lace, a comedy by Joseph Kesselring, is the story of drama critic Mortimer, who on his wedding day discovers that insanity runs in his family, and that his beloved spinster aunts are homicidal.

The aunts, who are populating their cellar with the remains of roomers served elderberry wine spiked with arsenic, are just part of Mortimer’s complicated existence, as he valiantly takes on an uncle who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and a brother who is an escaped maniac.

Arsenic & Old Lace will be presented at 8 p.m. nightly on Oct. 12-13, 18, 19 and 20, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 20. All shows are at the Garner Performing Arts Center, located at 742 W. Garner Road.

Show tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at www.garnerperformingartscenter.com or at the door.

Local cast members for the show include Don Howard; Francis Stanley; Tim Upchurch; Scott Renz; Eddie Hodges; Kelly Stansell; Paige Bruner; Stephen Johnson; David Flood; Stuart Jonap; Tim Wiest; Tim Stancil; Tom Davey; and Jack Chapman. Director of the Towne Players is Beth Honeycutt.

Tickets On Sale for Broadway Voices

In other entertainment news, tickets go on sale next Monday, Oct. 15, for the 2012-2013 season of Garner’s own award-winning Broadway Voices concert series, presented by the Garner Chamber of Commerce, Town of Garner and local business sponsors.

This season, the third for Broadway Voices, will feature multiple Tony Award-winner David Burnham on Dec. 1; Craig Schulman on March 9, 2013, the only actor to perform the roles of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webb’s Phantom of the Opera, and the title role in Jekyl and Hyde; and Alli Mauzey on May 4, 2013, who made her Broadway debut as Brenda in Hairspray in 2003, and later starred as Lenora in the musical Cry Baby, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama League Award.

For tickets to Broadway Voices or more information, visit www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.

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