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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A haunting they will go

Story and photos by Doug Stewart/Contributor

Doug Stewart/Contributor
Alexandra Shanahan as Carolyn and Chad Davidson as Bates rehearse a scene for this weekend's production at Badger High School.
Screams from a darkened room and tingling goose flesh on your arms!

Childhood vows should be made carefully. Young TV producer Norma Corwin made one. She swore that once in her life she would spend the night alone in the Inn of the Three Sisters, a reputedly haunted hotel now in shambles and rather infamous for an unsolved murder. Norma learns that the hotel is to be demolished to make room for a new highway and decides that the time is now or never.

Set in the Southwestern United States, the Inn of the Three Sisters is eerie, all right, and so are the strange "guests" who add to the fun and the mystery of the place: Madam Lugosi, an ESP practitioner, a doomed young woman who wants to warn Norma of her great danger, a "lost" serviceman and a bizarre, ghostly crew. The curse of the three sisters for whom the hotel was named and their wicked handyman Flint cause us to relive the details of the ghastly murder which takes place here, every single night.

And we are off on Tim Kelly's delightful romp "A Haunting We Will Go." This mystery/comedy is presented by Badger High School in Lake Geneva on March 13, 14, and 15.

Shelby Peteler, who plays the Mysterious Young Woman, is a freshman embarking on her second production. "This is a really, really funny play; it's a mystery with a twist at the end," she said. "My character is hard to play and a little freaked out. She's really disturbed to the point of obsession."

Shelby has the theater itch and plans to continue acting, trying out for both "Father of the Bride" and Badger's musical, "Suessical" next year.

Mandy Emma plays the nurse, Miss Crisp. She is a junior who has been acting since her freshman year.

"I love it and I plan to pursue it. This production has a great cast, and everyone's awesome. We've had a lot of fun with it," said.

Like most of the characters in this play, hers is more than a little off-kilter. "She's interesting, an over-exaggerated clean-freak, very prim and proper." While the characters are strange, Mandy warns, "Be ready for a surprise."

Tom is portrayed by Kevin Jennison, a senior looking at colleges.

"I do plan to pursue acting in college, but as a hobby," he said. Of Tom's character, he said, "He's an interesting mix. He's like the brave man of the piece, but underneath, he's as scared as the rest. What's neat about this play is that each and every character is very tightly designed. This is a great plot."

Cara Cook is a senior who plays Norma Corwin. Cara has been acting since middle school and clearly enjoys her work.

"Norma is very glamorous and high fashion. She's an independent woman and a multitasker. The play is very unique, interesting, a murder comedy," she said.

Laura Shotliff, the teacher who ramrods the production, said of her cast and crew, "I don't think people understand how much work goes into a production like this. These kids are all involved in other activities, from band and choir to sports and DECCA. These kids have been coming to four two-hour rehearsals a week for the last 10 weeks, and with all the things they have to do, they even come back on Tuesdays and Thursdays to build sets. It's the kids that deserve the credit for their hard work."

"A Haunting We Will Go" will appear on stage at Badger High School, 220 E. South Street, on March 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, although Badger High students get in for free with their school I.D. cards.


Cast list

Sutton - Tanner Porter
Norma - Cara Cook
Ginny - Brooke Pankau
Moe - Jay Hawk
Clanton - Dan Andrus
State Engineer - Jacob Mason
Carolyn - Alexandra Shanahan
Rhoda - Carolyn Hausman
Bates - Chad Davidson
Mysterious Young Woman - Shelby Peteler
Tom - Kevin Jennison
Miss Crisp - Mandy Emma
Beth - Melissa Hanson
Julie - Jackie Kaleta
Mary - Bethany Christner
Flint - Josh Hancock
Madam Lugosi - Kim Schultz Morgans and Kate Coyne
Doreen - Katie Porter
The Face - Katy Williams


Anonymous Anonymous said...

*lol* I will be Norma Corwin at a school play here in Germany :)

April 6, 2008 12:22 PM  

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