Scary times on lo­cal stages

Zom­bies, ghosts and sweet trans­ves­tites at Cape Bre­ton the­atres

Cape Breton Post - - Arts / Entertainment - Ken Chisholm Ken Chisholm lives in Sydney and has writ­ten plays, songs, re­views, magazine ar­ti­cles. He can be reached at the­cen­ter­

“Look­ing for a Men’s 11.5 W or Women’s 13.5 W sexy red heel ... Sug­ges­tions?” read a re­cent Face­book post from Cyn­thia La­hey that at­tracted some com­ments.

“Don’t you have some al­ready?” was one com­ment.

La­hey, a tal­ented mu­si­cian and writer, wanted the slightly large-ish footwear for her lat­est stage project at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay — the much beloved and slightly in­fa­mous rock mu­si­cal, “The Rocky Hor­ror Show.” the same tunes as “Let’s Do The Time Warp Again” and “Dam­nit, Janet,” the stage ver­sion is its own beast.

Yes, there is still trans­sex­ual Dr. Franken­furter ter­ror­iz­ing (and tit­il­lat­ing) the hap­less Brad and Janet, but the hu­mour is a lit­tle rawer and stage con­ven­tions are mocked in the way the movie mocked ’50s and ’60s cheapo hor­ror and sci­ence fic­tion flicks.

And the Glace Bay theatre’s web­site prom­ises “in­ter­ac­tive show para­pher­na­lia will be sold on site (sorry no out­side items brought into the theatre) for you to cel­e­brate with Brad and Janet, give light when needed, and toast Frank.”

Per­for­mances (just in time for Hal­loween) are sched­uled for Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Oct. 27, 11:55 p.m. (close to mid­night-yea!), and Oct. 28, 2 p.m. Tick­ets are $39.50 and avail­able from the Savoy box of­fice.

And along with “Rocky Hor­ror,” there are a cou­ple of other spook­ily themed stage shows.

The Dead Pup­pets So­ci­ety in part­ner­ship with the Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity Board­more Theatre presents “The Night of the Liv­ing Dead,” adapted and di­rected from the clas­sic hor­ror chiller by James F.W. Thomp­son.

In the late 1960s, the dead rise to eat the liv­ing. A group of ran­dom sur­vivors bar­ri­cade them­selves in a farm house des­per­ately hop­ing to sur­vive un­til help ar­rives.

The Dead Pup­pets have a strong track record of fun stage hor­ror shows hav­ing pro­duced “Franken­stein” (an amaz­ing three ac­tor adap­ta­tion), “Black­jack” (a gory spoof of 1980s slasher flicks), “Tales From the Bot­tom of the Well” (an an­nual an­thol­ogy of hor­ror and sus­pense plays by lo­cal writ­ers) and that in­ex­pli­ca­ble voy­age into ter­ror and ran­dom tea par­ties, “Alice in Won­der­land.”

Per­for­mances for “Night of the Liv­ing Dead” run from Oct. 23 to Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able from the Board­more Play­house box of­fice.

Sydney’s High­land Arts Theatre of­fers a whole play filled with ghostly char­ac­ters but the hor­ror comes from the dis­rup­tions in­flicted on a small New­found­land fish­ing out­port by govern­ment so­cial en­gi­neer­ing.

“West Moon,” by Al Pittman and di­rected by Sarah Blan­chard, tells the many sto­ries of the res­i­dents of a fish­ing vil­lage’s ceme­tery when they re­al­ize, on All-Souls night (two nights af­ter Hal­loween), the en­tire town will be re­set­tled leav­ing no one be­hind to tend their graves and sus­tain the mem­ory of their lives.

One on­line re­view notes, “This is a love song for New­found­land, its peo­ple, and its liv­ing, not just its ‘way of life’.” A sec­ond com­men­ta­tor ob­serves, “The poignancy with which each of the char­ac­ters re­view their own lives is wrench­ing, and the use of the New­found­land di­alect and sto­ry­telling bring tears of hap­pi­ness and sad­ness both. I strongly rec­om­mend this play to any­one who en­joyed Thomas’s ‘Un­der Milk Wood’ and to any­one who en­joys New­found­land and its his­tory.”

“West Moon” is sched­uled for six per­for­mances at the HAT from Oct. 24-28. Tick­ets are avail­able from the HAT box of­fice.

So, this Hal­loween, head for the out­ports in your sexy red heels and hope the zom­bies don’t get you.


A still from the clas­sic movie ver­sion sets the mood for au­di­ences at­tend­ing the stage adap­ta­tion of “The Night Of the Liv­ing Dead” at Board­more Play­house run­ning from Oct. 23-28 at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity.

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