Spooky season is now upon us! To celebrate, the Picketwire Players are presenting a stage adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic gothic horror novel “The Haunting of Hill House.” The production runs October 27th-29th at 7:30 p.m. A costume contest for the audience will be held during intermission on October 29th featuring prizes from an array of local businesses and organizations!
Online ticket sales begin on Monday, October 17 at 12:00 a.m.!
Directed by Picketwire veteran Heather Pidcock-Reed, “The Haunting of Hill House” is a chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror that is centered around a group of psychically receptive individuals who have come to investigate paranormal activity within the frequently fatal confines of Hill House.
Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley (Caitlyn Dieckmann). Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague (Brandon Bass), an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others: the troubled Eleanor Vance (Katie Lagergren), free-spirited Theodora (Molly Borton), and heir to Hill House Luke Sanderson (Jake Pruyn). Their visit begins with jovial informality, but their sensibilities are soon jolted by strange and eerie occurrences. As they struggle to disguise their mounting fears, they are joined by Mrs. Montague (Katie Merewether) and her friend Arthur Parker (Erik Woodall), who have come to Hill House for purposes of their own. They too are absorbed by the supernatural, but their approach is via direct communication with the departed spirits – a type of psychic research which is regarded by Dr. Montague and which, as subsequent events bear out, brings on a crisis in which the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a near and, for one of those present, fatal fury.