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Theatre program puts on chilling Halloween play

October 27, 2008 12:00AM

Pittsburg State University Theatre has just the ticket for audiences looking to be scared senseless on Halloween.

The group will perform an adaptation of Dorothy Macardle's classic ghost story "The Uninvited" from Thursday, Oct. 30, to Saturday, Nov. 1, at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium.

The story is set in 1944 England, where Roddy and Pam Fitzgerald, a brother and sister seeking to escape London, buy an isolated house named Cliff End overlooking the Bristol Channel. They are aware that the wife of a famous painter died there many years ago, but they do not know of the spirit haunting the country home.

This perfectly timed production features actors Austin Laverty, Lucy Miller-Downing, and Michelle Rhoades, as well as a host of newer faces to the PSU stage, including Tarra Detmer, Robert Wilson, Ethan Caldwell, Amanda Holt, Katie Clopton, Kiera O'Boyle, and Jonathan and Natalia Rex.

Another star of the show is Cliff End, the English country house designed by technical theater professor Dan Williams. Williams is also responsible for the lighting and many special effects for the supernatural-themed production.

"We hope to provide our audiences with a fun show that will provide some suspense and Halloween thrills," said director Cynthia Allan, chairwoman of the Department of Communication. "We are experimenting with a variety of effects for the show and invite our audiences to join the fun by coming in costume for the Friday evening performance."

The department is using the production as a community service project with the goal of collecting cleaning supplies and personal care items for the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Emergency Shelter.  Audience members are encouraged to bring a donation to Memorial Auditorium.

"We will have collection bins for all donations, and we hope we can put a serious dent in the needs of the shelter," Allan said.

The play, which runs just under two hours, will open Thursday, Oct. 30, and run through Saturday, Nov. 1, at Memorial Auditorium. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $6 for PSU faculty and staff, $5 for those under 17 or over 65, and free for PSU students with a valid ID.

Tickets are available through the PSU Ticket Office located in Overman Student Center, or at the door 30 minutes before the show. Reservations are recommended.

For more information, call the PSU Ticket Office at (620) 235-4796.

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