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St. Norbert College Theatre Program to Present “Ghost Stories”

From St. Norbert College, October 23, 2014
by Erich Wegenke, erich.wegenke@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College's fall theatre production, "Ghost Stories," opens on Halloween. In keeping with the spirit of that holiday, the production consists of four short, one-act plays that feature macabre happenings, haunted houses and the paranormal. Performances will be held at the Webb Theatre in the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the St. Norbert College campus. Show dates and times are: Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. with a talkback to follow, and Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The first show, "Creatures," is directed by St. Norbert College junior Olivia D'Andrea (Chicago, Ill.). The show features a date between a mysterious woman and her boyfriend, who happens to be a werewolf. The woman discovers this when they arrive at a drive-in movie under a full moon, but, as her boyfriend soon finds out, she has a few secrets of her own. St. Norbert College sophomore Kelly Anderson (St. Paul, Minn.) and first-year student Adam Mayrer (Medford, Wis.) play the woman and the werewolf, respectively.

The second one-act play is "Specter," which follows an urban legend wherein an unsuspecting college professor rescues a damsel in distress while driving home one night in the rain. While she seems sweet and innocent, questions soon arise that leave him wondering who the real victim is. Teresa Aportela Sergott, veteran of the Evergreen Theatre company, makes her directing debut with St. Norbert College. The show stars St. Norbert College first-year student Alex Gruber (Campbellsport, Wis.) and sophomore Samantha Kolb (Neenah, Wis.).

Kylie Shannon (De Pere, Wis.) plays the role of Naomi in "Ghost Fragments," a monologue in which a woman seems trapped in a house that may or may not be haunted. She can't quite decide, and the walls keep closing in on her.

The production concludes with "Ghost Hunting With Steve And Marta." Written by St. Norbert College senior Clara Wendland (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.), and directed by visiting theatre professor Erin Hunsader, the show takes a light-hearted look at a pair of ghost hunters in search of the paranormal. St. Norbert College first-year students Owen Ward (Mequon, Wis.) and Cheyenne Andrus (De Pere, Wis.) play Steve and Marta, and Alex Gruber plays the part of the innkeeper, Crispin.

The shows are designed by scenographer April Beiswenger and her production assistants: St. Norbert College students Emma Ferguson (Verona, Wis.), Sarah Conard (Kewaunee, Wis.), Monica Helman (Merrill, Wis.), Megan Carpenter (Appleton, Wis.) and Lindsey Bosetski (Denmark, Wis.), along with stage managers Cassandra Otte (Pine City, Minn.) and Renae Metke (Brownsville, Wis.).

Tickets for "Ghost Stories" can be purchased by calling the St. Norbert College Box Office at 920-403-3950, or ordering online at http://tickets.snc.edu. Tickets range from $12 to $14 for the general public, and are $5 for students. For more information on the fall 2014 theatre productions, contact April Beiswenger by phone at 920-403-2945 or by email at april.beiswenger@snc.edu.