Portsmouth has always had a soft spot for all things Halloween. The Jack o' Lanterns shine a bit brighter, costume choices are a frequent topic of conversation, and the New England twilight seems to be all the more magical during the month of October on the Seacoast. The folks at Seacoast Repertory Theatre welcome the Halloween Season with a wide variety of haunted happenings and spirited programming in preparation for All Hallows Eve 2012.
The Rep offers a ghostly Mainstage show, The Woman In Black, all month long. Come hear the strange and mysterious tale of Arthur Kipps (Bill Humphreys*) as he employs a young actor (CJ Lewis) to help him exorcise the shrouded specter that has plagued his nightmares his whole adult life. The Woman in Black is sponsored by: Anchor Line Web & Screen Works; Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella; Liberty Mutual Group; and Portsmouth Sheraton Hotel. An unmissable and unforgettable theatrical experience - Humphreys and Lewis will bring this cerebral Victorian ghost story to life Oct. 5 through Oct. 28, Thursday-Sunday. Tickets are $18-$42. (*Member of Actors' Equity Association.)
Not to be outdone by the "woman in black", the "real" ghosts of The Rep have been very active of late. The theatre's supernatural inhabitants and resident actor Knate Higgins will be featured on "My Ghost Story" - the most watched television series on A&E's Biography Channel. The segment will air actual footage of ghostly happenings at Seacoast Rep after dark and will also feature Steve Clark of the paranormal investigation group S.T.U.R.S. (Seeking The Unknown Realm Society). The show is slated to air sometime in October - watch seacoastrep.org and The Rep's Facebook page for the announcement of show date and time.
The Rep will continue to offer its Haunted REPutation tours with famed ghost expert, author, and local historian Roxie Zwicker of New England Curiosities. Zwicker and Higgins will lead the monthly haunted tours that explore the depths of The Rep with psychic mediums, fellow ghost hunters, and dowsing experts. "We're excited to be partnering with Seacoast Rep again to invite people in to hear fascinating tales of secrets, ghosts, legends and lore," said Zwicker. October's Haunted REPutation tours will be held on Sunday Oct. 14, 21 and 28 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person. This spine-tingling, hair-raising, and weirdly informative tour is not to be missed!
October is the month for copious amounts of horror movie viewings and The Rep is offering the perfect spooky night out for cinephiles. The Rep will screen New England filmmaker Richard Griffin's Murder University as part of its Red Light series. An independent and wonderfully irreverent film, Murder University contains all the blood, gore and tongue-in-cheek humor required of a classic screamer flick. The film also features a score by local rock legends Tim Fife and Timothy Lang. The evening will kick off with pre-show entertainment featuring The Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue and … blood wrestling. Don't worry, it's fake (the blood that is!). The Rep stage has never seen anything like this! A formal talk back with the cast and crew of Murder University will take place immediately following the screening. The evening will be hosted by drag sensation Bunny Wonderland and resident artist CJ Lewis. Murder University will be screened on Wednesday Oct. 24 - the festivities will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are "pay what you can!"(suggested donation $10 per person) Tickets must be purchased at The Rep Box Office to take advantage of the pay what you can deal. General Admission.
After a summer hiatus, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show: LIVE! returns to The Rep stage for a splashy new makeover! Patrick Dorow Productions produces the Seacoast's favorite midnight show. Complete with screaming fans, fierce singers, and campy comedy, this cult classic is sure to wake the dead and let them rock! A deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic spectacle, this show bursts at the seams with the toe-tapping, pelvic-thrusting favorites "Sweet Transvestite", "Damn it Janet", and of course, "Time Warp". So, dig out your boa, dust off your favorite stilettos, and come ready for a night of rock 'n roll, classic call backs, a costume contest, and insanity. (For mature audiences, only!) Seacoast Outright is the Community Focus Partner for this production. Seacoast Outright is a support and advocacy organization that seeks to change the social climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth in the NH Seacoast region (www.seacoastoutright.org). The Rocky Horror Show: LIVE! runs Friday Oct. 26, Saturday Oct. 27, Friday Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3 - all showings at Midnight! It's more fun that way… Tickets are $20 per person. General Admission.