Deseret News, Sunday, October 13, 2002

Halloween thrillers offer onstage chills

Christie, Irving tales on tap at area theaters

By Ivan M. Lincoln
Deseret News theater editor

Headless ghosts, murder mysteries and other things that go bump in the night headline Halloween season offerings.

Bryan Jacobs as Edgar and Judy Binns as Mavis in Midvale Arts Council's "The Murder Room."

TEN LITTLE INDIANS,Agatha Christie's classic thriller, is playing Oct. 18-30 in the SCERA Center's Showhouse II theater, 745 S. State, Orem. Director Robinne Booth's cast includes Josh Curtis, Kenneth Norris, Maridell Pearsen, Bryan Inks, Erica Baxter, Devon Asay, Rick Pedley, Alan Humpherys, Octavia Sawyer, Jason Evans and Craig Whetton. The sets and costumes for "Ten Little Indians" will be done entirely in black, white and gray, with a splash of red in each scene to add to the macabre feeling.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. nightly, except Sundays and Tuesdays. There will be no performance on Oct. 23. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. For reservations, call 225-2569 or 225-2787.

THE MURDER ROOM, Jack Sharkey's spoof of British mysteries — a mix of Agatha Christie, Monty Python and Abbott & Costello — is being staged by the Midvale Arts Council, Oct. 18-28, in the Midvale Senior Center, 350 W. Park St. (7610 South). Director Vic Groves' cast includes Bryan Jacobs, Debe Jacobs, Russ Benson, Kristy De Graaf, Judy Binns and Rusty Bringhurst.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $4 for general admission and $2 for children and senior citizens, available at the door or in advance at Midvale City Hall. For group discounts, call 562-4447.

AN EVENING IN SLEEPY HOLLOW, an adaptation of Washington Irving's spooky tales of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, will be presented as part of an interactive theater experience. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18-19 and 25-26, at Old Deseret Village in This Is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 Sunnyside Ave.

Patrons are invited guests to a party being thrown by the Van Tassel family of Sleepy Hollow (visitors at the park are invited to come dressed in colonial-type clothing, if they choose). During the party, Ichabod Crane and his rival, Brom Bones, will vie for the affections of Kathrina Van Tassel. The affair is interrupted later when there are reports that the Headless Horseman is in the nearby hollow. The party itself will include storytelling, entertainment, dancing and desserts.

The Old Deseret production is being produced by Kam Klitgaard and the Roy High School drama department, along with Michael Jesse Bennett's Deseret Dramatic Association. Tickets are $12; for reservations, call 582-1847.

TRIAL OF THE BIG BAD WOLF, being produced by Utah Valley State College's theater department, places the familiar tale of the Three Little Pigs in a courtroom setting. The three darling piglets (played by Margie Johnson, Kimberly Cone and Natalie Rylander) are protesting the invasion of their home by the notorious wolf — Wallington Wellington Wolf III, who prefers to be called Wally (played by Jeremy Minagro), and who has a counter-claim alleging personal damage. The production is being directed by Elaine Hansen.

Performances will be 6:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 18, 19 and 21 in the Black Box Theatre (room 627 of the Gunther Trades Building). Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children 11 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance from UVSC's Campus Connection, 863-8797.

HOTEL FRANKENSTEIN, a mainstay during the Halloween season in Valley Center Playhouse, 780 N. 200 East, Lindon, is back for its 21st season. It's playing on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14-Nov. 11, in repertory with VCP's 10-year-old Halloween comedy, "Shadowbrook Mansion" (playing on Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 9).

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students, children and senior citizens, and $25 per family. Group rates are also available. For reservations, call 785-1186.


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