Canterville Ghost Haunts Riverfront Theatre

Sep 12 2017 /


By Sydney Gross

Second Street Players will present The Canterville Ghost, adapted by Pat Cook from the short story by Oscar Wilde, on September 15, 16 and 17 as well as September 22, 23, and the 24. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 pm and the Sunday show curtain opens at 3 pm. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S Walnut Street Milford, De, 19963. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 800-838-3006.

Hiram and Lucy Otis cannot wait to move into their pastoral English manor house, just as soon as the ghost moves out. Canterville Hall comes complete with a howling green ghoul, but only if Sir Simon, the ghost, can remember to bring the green mist with him.This classic Oscar Wilde tale spins the Otis family through a maze of dithering maids, blustering bosses and an English realtor who is always looking for a free lunch. The mystery unfolds amid flashes of thunder and disappearing guests. Only when the Otis’ can figure out the curse of Canterville Hall can Sir Simon rest in peace.

Director Thom Harris and the talented cast of The Canterville Ghost are very excited to bring the thrilling but comedic show based off of the novella by Oscar Wilde. Although a gothic theme, Harris hopes the audience still leaves with a good time while they have you in suspense and laughing all in two acts.

Harris and the cast have been working on the show for two months now. “They are giving their time, I want to make sure they are taken care of,” Harris said. He even discussed how one of the nights of rehearsal is a devoted “character night” where they watch the performance of Patrick Stewart as the Canterville ghost. Many interpretations of characters had come to fruition after watching the show, Harris said.

Janice Hall, Milford, plays the role of Lucy Otis, the mother of the Otis family, or in her words, “the glue that holds the Otis family together.” With such a unique storyline and odd characters it may seem tough to find the character development, but Hall has found a way. “I know people that are like this. I can pull from the eccentric people that I know,” said Hall, “I have loosely based characters on friends of mine.”

Glenn Outten, who resides in Houston, is playing the role of Matt Barrington and making his Second Street Players debut. “This is a lot of fun. It’s a lot of work but a lot of fun,” said Outten. “You lift three inches off the pavement after rehearsals. It just makes you feel good.” Although a very stressful time with it being his first show ever, he says the cast was always there for him.

The Canterville Ghost will be performed on September 15, 16 and 17 as well as September 22, 23, and the 24. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 pm and the Sunday show curtain opens at 3 pm. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S Walnut Street Milford, De, 19963. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 800-838-3006.

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