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Spooks bring laughs to Harbor stage

Ghosts, frightful fun and spooky mayhem abound in the upcoming stage comedy, “The Canterville Ghost,” presented by Brookings Harbor Community Theater. 

A gala celebration is planned for opening night Friday, Sept. 13, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave.   Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and ticket holders will enjoy finger-foods and beverages. The play begins at 7:30. 

The family-friendly production will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Performances will also be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, with the final show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for students and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings or New Wave Video in Harbor. For more information, call 541-469-4700. 

The story, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, takes place in Canterville Chase, an old English manor recently purchased by the American family of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Otis. The parents, two teenage daughters and their aunt arrive to find more than housekeeper Mrs. Umney and maid Jennie in the house where they meet the ghost of Sir Simon. 

Determined not to be chased out, the family makes plans to rid the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville by any means necessary, even if it means bringing in a psychic researcher to assist. Of course all goes wrong with their plans, bringing bedlam, additional spirit guests, and all kinds of laughs. 

Playing Sir Simon is Tony Hobbs, and the cast includes Patryse Clogston as Virginia, John Paul Chierichetti as Horace Otis, Kiana Hendrix as Lucy Otis, Brindel Stubbs as Mrs. Umney, Michaela Dingle as Jennie, Janie Van Worden as Lady Canterville, Ira Tozer as “Weeds,” Alia Graves as Wendy, Kendra Kauffman as Pam, Shana Lynn as Madame Balaclava, Joe Donahue as the Vicar, Jacque Graves as Mrs. Dampier, Ethan Hodges as Lord Cecil, Teri McGregor as Mrs. Midwinter, Gabrielle Hodges as Miss Musgrave, Cecilia Hilton as Hester the Horrid, Amanda Newnham as the vampire dutchess, Ca’Mare’a Freeman as Lady Joan the Graveless, and Martin the Maniac as himself.   

The crew includes Kathleen Dingle in the lights and sound booth and Director Dori Blodgett serving as stage manager.

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