Lake Country Playhouse will present a melodrama directed by Jeff D. Hurley for its next production. “Fright in the Night” will offer theatergoers fun and a bit of fright to prepare for Halloween and the town’s famous Warehouse of Tower. Performances are set for September 27, 28, and 29, and October 4, 5, and 6. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees will be at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for students.
Hurley was looking for a production that veered away from the thought-provoking and social commentary shows that the Playhouse has featured recently. With Halloween fast approaching and an open casting-call out for Mineola’s Warehouse of Terror attraction, he decided on a “frightening” melodrama with “no redeeming value whatsoever. It’s just fun!” “Fright in the Night” hilariously meets the requirements.
The story follows spunky Nancy Nightingale as she visits her deceased gangster uncle’s abandoned roadhouse. Her plan is to turn it into a successful, family-friendly establishment with the willing assistance of handsome Chick Smith, who’s out to win her heart. Nancy’s uncle’s henchman Nick Nightshade trying to get his hands on hidden treasure, Chick’s bumbling assistant Wilbur, Nancy’s man-desperate best friend Sissy, and an over-confident psychic make things are difficult for the pair. Will there be riches, or a fright in the night? Only the watching will tell.
The role of Nancy will be played by Lanette Garza, and Ben Patrick will portray Chick. Brett Davis is cast as Wilbur, and Candace Brooks will play Sissy. The cast is rounded out with Madison Wise as Portia, Jeff D. Hurley as Nick, and Skylar Mitchell as – well, you’ll have to come find out for yourself!