Keystone Players to present The Haunting of Hill House
Round out Halloween weekend with the Keystone Players, as they present The Haunting of Hill House, a play of psychological terror, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson and adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie, Nov. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. in Brooks Theatre, Keystone College, La Plume.
Hill House, an isolated, and oddly designed Victorian mansion has a tragic history, and its sinister reputation for tragedy, suicide, and possibly murder has caused it to remain vacant for 20 years. Various owners tried to live in Hill House, but always left after a short stay. The implication is that something about the house frightened them into leaving. With the exception of the housekeeper, Mrs. Dudley, played by Emily Potter, even the residents of the nearby village avoid the place, and Mrs. Dudley always leaves before dark.
Now, many years later, Dr. Elizabeth Montague, played by Sarah Langan, a researcher of psychic phenomena, has rented Hill House for the summer, and has invited three people to join her in her investigation of the unknown forces that may have contributed to Hill House’s morbid past. Luke Sanderson, played by Mike Garcia, is there to represent the interests of the current owner, his aunt. Dr. Montague has also invited two young women, Eleanor “Nell” Vance, played by Jackie Nat, and Theodora, played by Mikki Gummper, because each has had psychic experiences. Strange and eerie manifestations soon make it clear that Hill House has a mind of its own – and this mind has evil intentions! They are joined by Dr. Montague’s difficult mother, played by Brink Powell, and her companion, Arthur Parker, played by Josh Harris, who awaken the dangerous spirits that haunt Hill House in frightening ways.
Tickets may be reserved by contacting the director, Jane Honchell via email or by calling 570-945-8454. Tickets will also be available at the door, beginning 30 minutes prior to curtain. Because seating is limited, tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission is $10; tickets for senior citizens is $5 and $1 for Keystone students.
Two of the psychic researchers exchange grins as the housekeeper of Hill House scolds their director during a rehearsal for the Keystone Players’ production of “The Haunting of Hill House,” Nov.1-2 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at Brooks Theatre, Keystone College, La Plume. From left: Jackie Nat, as Eleanor; Mikki Gummper as Theodora, Sarah Langan as Dr. Montague, and Emily Potter as Mrs. Dudley.