Directed by Celeste Wohl, Ray Bradbury’s story Something Wicked this Way Comes tells of an October night when a sinister travelling carnival pulls into town. Halloween has come early to Green Town, Illinois. Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show, crisscrossing the land, holds up a distorting sideshow mirror to the hopes and fears of small-town America. Two youngsters (13 year-old neighbors Jim and Willa) investigate the arrival of the mysterious carnival and the effect it has on the townsfolk, lured by its bright lights, but are quickly drawn into its shadows.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is about the approaching night of Jim and Willa’s adulthood: But more heartbreakingly, it’s about Willa’s father, Charles Halloway, who can’t see a path through the darkness, and his desperate fight not to succumb to it. Older than his wife, impossibly older than his son, he hides in the dark shadows of the library, watching life speed up like the whirring calliope tunes of the sinister carnival. And it’s the night people who come with the sideshows, stripping away artifice and heightening desire, who force the two youngsters and the older Halloway to confront their fears; to face up to the darkness and, in the case of Will’s father, to gaze into the black abyss of old age and realize that, although nothing will stop the night approaching, he does not have to go gentle into it.
The show features Brandon Jones, Grace Blume, Olga Phelps, Kurt White, Alexa Johnson, Braden Shanahan, Jacob Uhlman, Christ Peterlin, Kim Filler, Katie Swan, Teresa Johnson-Noe, Brionna Johnson, Ricky Hawkins, Gordon Jockisch, Larry Betzelberger, Avery O’Donnell, Sam Clifton, Erin Shanahan, Caty Cornwell, Mary Ellen Milem, Nathan Apodaca, Megan Johnson, Olivia Green, Jaden Randall, Chloe Schonert, Anyla Ganaway, Emma Pulley, Austen O’Donnell, Anna Moore, Michael Filler, Evan Moore, Lisa White, Randy Witte, Anjelika Cornelius-Witt, Katie Miller, and Nathan Dunn.
Show dates are October 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 7:30 pm, and October 21 & 28 at 2:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, located at 1700 N Park Road, Peoria, IL 61604. Tickets are $14/Adult and $10 for children. Purchase tickets online at www.cornstocktheatre.com, call 309-676-2196, or get tickets at the door. All seating is reserved.