By Alex P. Vidal
SURREY, British Columbia – Julian Fortaleza, eldest son of Reyfort Media Group chairman Rey Fortaleza, played as “Teddy Brewster“ in “Aresenic & Old Lace,“ a play presented by the Holy Cross Players at the Surrey Arts Center from March 7, 8 and 9.
Written by Joseph Kesselring, the play was a clever combination of the farcical and the macabre, centers on two elderly sisters famous in their Brooklyn neighbourhood for their numerous acts of charity.
“Unfortunately, however, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging,“ said the summary courtesy of e-note.com. “The two women are assisted in their crimes by their nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt. Matters get complicated when a second nephew, a newly engaged theatre critic, discovers the murders and a third (homicidal) nephew appears on the run from the cops.“
Other cast of characters were: Rachel Wieners as “Abby Brewster“, Skye Mandin as “Martha Brewster“, “Matthew Winter as “Mortimer Brewster“, Tracy Rouillard as “Elaine Harper“, Alex Kpeglo Hennessy as “Jonathan Brewster“, Sean Jackson as “Dr. Einstein“, Elizabeth Pregal as “Dr. Harper/Officer O`Hara“, Sheena Essuah as “Officer Brophy“, Emma Scholefield as “Officer Klein“, Maria Szabe as “Mr. Gibbs/Lieutenant Rooney“, and Stephanie Nguyen as “Mr. Witherspoon.“
The play was directed by Patrick Chessell assisted by Yolanta Samus. Eva Calendino was constructive critic while set and props coordination members were Andrea Desantis, Olivia Aguiar, and Sandra Bachleitner. Set and props crew were Dayna Cade, Chelsea Franz, Marco Frasca, Korbin Herwig, Tim Lim, Alex Little, Joanna Niemczyk, Michael Roy, Nadeesha Udawatte, Riana Ullattikulam, and Katarina Villar.
Chelsea Franz was the state manager. Hair and makeup were Maryse Garcia, Marishka Kumar, Shantel Sahota, and Genevieve Schollen. Costumes were Jaspher Paras and Rosa Park. Transportation were Bob DeJulius and Robert Samus. Music and Selection was Patrick Chessell and program was Yolanta Samus.