October plays heighten audience tension

Local theaters will be giving audiences chills down their spine this month with plays both heartwarming and spooky.

William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker,” directed by theatre President Lori Staley, will open today at Theatre Shenandoah in Edinburg,  This play tells the moving story of Annie Sullivan’s journey leading Helen Keller from a world of darkness and silence.

Theater Treasurer Lee Jette said that parents may want to prepare younger children, who may not understand Helen’s struggles, for the emotionally strong content in the play.

“It’s a very involved play, very intense,” he said. “There’s some food fights, people falling on the ground, some tantrums … so it’s not your basic young kid fare.”

The play will run at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays  and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays for three weekends until Oct. 18.

Adult tickets for “The Miracle Worker” are $15 and youth or senior tickets are $12, all available for purchase at the box office, Edinburg Mill or online at http://tinyurl.com/qeqwv62.

Closer to Halloween, Schultz Theatre in New Market will open a gothic horror classic in Tim Kelly’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” which is directed by Production Manager James Custer.

Artistic Director Michael Gwin said the play depicts Victor Frankenstein’s flight from his creation and the terrifying events than ensue when the creature tracks him down and demands a bride – with a more contemporary twist.

“It’s just a different take on an old story from a different perspective,” Gwin said.

“Frankenstein” will run Oct. 23 through Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Audiences can come to the Halloween night showing dressed in costumes and enter a Best Costume contest.

Tickets will be $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the theater box office, at the door or online with no fee at http://www.schultztheatre.com/.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com