Scary & Campy Halloween Theater Treats
By Matthew Brewbaker
Well, it is that time of the year, football is back, sweatshirt weather is here, and of course, with it being October we get some fun Halloween activities. Several theatres in the area will be taking advantage of the season to present some scary and even campy Halloween treats.
Theatre Cedar Rapids will be presenting Dracula adapted by William McNulty. Directed by Kehry Anson Lane, this production will be shown in the Grandon space, which will allow the audience to be very close to the chills and the action. I’m pleased to be a part of this production, playing the character of Briggs. This is quite a loaded cast including Matthew James, Mic Evans, and Tad Paulson. There’s’ a lot of fantastic people in this show, many of whom I’m working with for the first time. I can’t give away too much, but Joe Link has designed a set that will work well for the special effects and gothic horror this show needs. Dracula opens Oct 18th and runs through November 3rd. We are prepared for sell-outs so get your tickets fast, for more info go to https://www.theatrecr.org/
Iowa City Community Theatre presents a more campy version of a Halloween horror story with Evil Dead: The Musical. Yes, that’s right, a musical based on the cult classic horror movie Evil Dead. Directed by William Asmus, the show features a lot of good friends and acquaintances including the always great Rob Merritt, Hannah Green, and Erin Mills. Rumor has it that some parts of the audience seating will be a “splash-zone”! The show opens October 25th and runs through Nov 3rd at ICCT at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Tickets and info available at http://www.iowacitycommunitytheatre.com/.
Old Creamery Theatre in Amana will be presenting an Agatha Christie Mystery, The Unexpected Guest from Oct 24th through November 10th. This will be an excellent chance for a theatre that’s a little scary and tense, but nowhere near as bloody. Who doesn’t love a good Agatha Christie mystery?
There will also be a chance to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show for a screening paired with live show co-produced by local improv group Comics in Action. Come out at midnight on Sat Oct 26th and be part of the fun! Come in costume, and you might even win a prize!
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