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Don’t you believe in ghosts?
Mid-Ohio players in Marietta will convert unbelievers with “Night of dread” will premiere live at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and then as a encore performance which will air at 8 p.m. on October 30.
Sponsored by The Original Pizza Place, tickets are available online anytime at www.midohiovalleyplayers.org or at the box office at 229 W. Putnam St. from 90 minutes before the curtain. The cost is $ 10.
The evening kicks off with Players’ veterans David Grande and Dick Roe telling ghost stories on stage while introducing Players Theater resident ghost Mr. Shea.
David Schiemann will then bring the horror of Edgar Allan Poe’s film “The conquering worm” to life with the help of regular players Tim Tuten and Sarah Rose Drake and newcomer Caleb Bland.
“Night of dread” then turns to the Appalachian ghost story of “Rawhead and Bloody Bones” with storytellers Rachel Gaston and Bland. The story is about a brutally murdered friend of an old woman who has been restored.
Act 1 ends with an adaptation at Washington Irving’s Chamber Theater “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, with a cast of 14. Nicholas Rake’s sound design will add an extra layer of any Halloween to the party.
Act II celebrates the power of the imagination and the WMOVP team and social distancing theater that entertained themselves during the pandemic lockdown when the theater was unable to open.
Two original radio pieces by Will Anderson will be presented, “The lost dog” with Sandia Sommer and Ashton Michael and “Four brothers in a deer camp” with Bland, Schiemann, Drake, George Gaston, Mark Abicht, David Schiemann, Kirk McCall and Eliz Kinser.
Anderson is a professor at the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University who contacted The Players after reading a newspaper article on the WMOVP Radio Theater.
“When we were doing the WMOVP Radio Theater last year, Will offered to let us do the two Halloween plays, but we felt like we couldn’t do them justice on Zoom,” said director Suzanne Walker. “When we decided to do a ‘Night of Fear’ I jumped at the chance to put both stories on stage and Will graciously agreed to share his work with us again.”
Act II and the evening end with another OMMV favorite. The cast of “The father knows best”, Kinser, Jeff Walker, Kathy Biery, Vanessa Rake, Amber Smrek, Sean Shoop and Dyrk Conrad Michael are thrilled to do an episode of the classic radio drama in front of a live studio audience.
“It’s been so much fun working with this cast again and being in the same room together”, Smrek, who plays Anderson’s youngest daughter, Kathy, said. “This episode offers a lot of laughs with Halloween chills and chills mixed in. We hope audiences enjoy it as much as we enjoyed it.”
Biery, who plays Margaret Anderson, said the downside to playing her on stage is that she now has to think about the other half of her attire.
“When we were doing social theater at a distance, we just had to worry about what to wear from the waist up”, she said.