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SCCC to Hold Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace” 

PRESS RELEASE: Newton, NJ – (January 24, 2024) – The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Sussex County Community College will be holding auditions for its upcoming Spring comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring.  Audition dates are Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. and are open to all college students, college alumni and the public from high school and up.  Auditions will be held at the College’s Performing Arts Center Room 231. Sussex County Community College is located at One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860. 

Auditioners are asked to arrive at the scheduled time. Sides will be provided and auditioners will have the opportunity to read and may be paired up for additional readings.  Please provide a copy of your acting resume and headshot if you have one. Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to do improvisation and create unique character choices.  

“Arsenic and Old Lace” show dates are April 25-27, and May 3-4 at the PAC. Professor Allison Ognibene of Sparta will be directing the show and Phil Cocilovo of Montague will be the assistant director. If you would like a copy of the sides prior to auditioning, or if you would like to get involved backstage, please email   

This play is written for a company of fourteen performers.  The character breakdown includes:  

Abby Brewster Female / Lead 

Martha Brewster Female / Lead 

Mortimer Brewster Male/ Lead 

Teddy Brewster Male / Supporting 

Officer O’Hara  / any gender / Supporting 

Jonathan Brewster/ Male/ Supporting 

Dr. Einstein / Male/ Supporting 

Elaine Harper/ Female/ Supporting 

Dr. Reverend Harper / Male/ Featured 

Mr. Witherspoon / Male / Featured 

Lieutenant Rooney / any gender / Featured 

Officer Brophy / any gender / Featured 

Officer Klein / any gender / Featured 

Mr. Gibbs / Male/ Featured 

Learn more about the Visual and Performing Arts Program at