MEREDITH — The Winni Players Community Theatre will present its 5th annual Halloween-themed radio play on Oct. 20 and 21. This year’s selection will present not just one, but three chilling stories to frighten the soul. The three Halloween tales, coupled with some lighter interludes, make up this year’s Radio Variety Hour.
Rudyard Kipling's "The Mark of the Beast" is the first of three stories to be heard in a night of radio drama. Fleete, an arogant and stubborn man, offends an idol of Hindu gods in a drunken stupor. He is warned that “he has done with Hanuman, but Hanuman has not done with him.” He is soon after attacked by a leper leaving a mark on his chest, and a curse that has all but doomed him.
Oscar Wilde’s "The Canterville Ghost" lightens the mood. Presented as a satire of gothic tales, the story of the freedom of a trapped ghost brings a different light to the topic of “haunted.” This ghost, Sir Simon, has been known to scare his victims to death, popping up behind them to cause spectacle that no living human could achieve. For some reason, his current residents cannot be scared, and it leaves him with no choice but to move on to the life beyond haunting.
Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Cask of Amontillado" breaks your ideas of trust, hitting home the idea of “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” Montesor has been betrayed and hurt by Fortunado and concocts a revenge plan to murder him. In a manipulation of trust, Montresor leads Fortunado deep into the caverns of Amontillado and ultimately to his demise.
As in years past, the setting is a 1940s radio station and the cast will be reading the script as if they are the cast of the radio theatre. The production is directed by John Piquado, assisted by Margaret Lundberg, and will feature live foley sound designed and performed by Lord Adam Young.
Tickets for Radio Variety Hour are $15 and available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333.
Director John Piquado (far right) rehearsing with the cast