Spooky evening of entertainment

New comedy premiers this weekend

-- Staff ReportNovember 1, 2012 

Don't miss the spooky, comedic premier of "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," this weekend at the Golden Chain Theatre.

Written by Tim Kelly and directed by Bobby Woods, the play will take the audience inside Ye Olde Wayside Inn off the shore of Massachusetts to meet a most unusual family. Thunderstorms bring out the worst and best in this odd family -- cousins Hepzibah and Arabella, who were once residents of the local charity "hospital," Uncle Silas, who is known as the oldest living maniac in Massachusetts, and Ebeneezer, the criminally insane member of the family.

Mary Lou Finley, vice president of the Golden Chain Theatre board of directors, says this is yet "another marvelous production" that is part of their innovative, new productions.

"We realize our mission is the presentation, promotion and preservation of 19th century historic and melodramatic theatre," Finley said. "We are, however, extremely excited about adding to our schedule the kinds of plays that we feel our local audience would enjoy. 'It was a Dark and Stormy Night' is yet another example of our endeavors to provide unique entertainment."

Finley said they are honored once again to have Jason and Jenny Turner and Nathan Avery as set designers and they will make seeing the foyer as much of an interest as the set design itself -- "truly spooky," she said.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10, and 17.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. followed by the show at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4, 11, and 18.

"It's always amazing for me to see more of our local talent in yet a different venue, but equally talented in their performances," Finley said. "These volunteers, and everyone involved in the Golden Chain Theatre, devote many, many hours of rehearsal and all other aspects required to make a program possible. Their thanks for their hard work is nothing more than seeing the people in our area attending, and especially enjoying, their production."

Details: gctinfo@goldenchaintheatre.org or (559) 683-7112.

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