Local students will present the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, and Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. in the gym of Belfast Area High School, 98 Waldo Ave. All seats are $5, with a family cap (three or more persons) of $10.

The sweet, old Brewster sisters are beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don’t advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely people to die with smiles on their faces — by serving their “guests” elderberry wine spiked with arsenic. When the sisters’ drama-critic nephew Mortimer stumbles onto their secret, he is understandably put out, especially since he has just proposed to lovely girl-next-door Elaine Harper. Given the homicidal tendencies of his aunts, the sinister activities of his escaped-convict brother Jonathan and the disruptive behavior of younger brother Teddy (who is convinced he is Theodore Roosevelt), Mortimer is not keen on starting a family with anyone.

The fast-paced production is directed by Meg Nickerson and sponsored by Footlights Performing Arts Booster Club.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.