Many claim that Peoria Players Theatre is one of the most haunted sites in Central Illinois. In fact, the arts organization which is celebrating its 100 consecutive year next season, is on many ‘Most Haunted Lists’ in Illinois. It is not uncommon for amateur “ghost hunters” to stop by the theatre to scope out the venue; and many volunteers have noted eerie occurrences at the theater that often go unexplained. During the late evening hours while working alone, you may notice a mysterious light turn on or hear someone rehearsing, although there is no one else in the theatre. Luckily these “ghosts” seem to be friendly, but what better setting to open the haunting tale of the The Woman in Black than Central Illinois’ own Peoria Players Theatre.
Director Susan Hazzard is thrilled to bring this Regional Premier to the Peoria Players stage during the Halloween season. “I’ve always wanted to direct at Peoria Players and I’m very excited to direct one of my favorite shows.” Susan is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Susan also serves on the Board of Directors at Peoria Players and has been seen onstage in countless productions in the area.
The story begins when an old lawyer hires an actor to tell his tragic tale. He is haunted by a woman in black who has ill intentions for any who see her. The cast consists of three actors on stage — Frank Drew as the Actor, Zachary Robertson as Kipps, and Megan Pulley as the woman. “It’s great to work with a small cast and all of the actors have great chemistry.” Victoria Kapanjie-Rians serves as Assistant Director with light design by Wayne Carey and costume design by Karen Stringer and Sandy Cheeseman. A long list of sound effects will set the ghostly mood of the piece. “When I first saw this show in the West End I couldn’t stop looking over my shoulder as I left the theatre. We hope to stir a similar emotion and reaction for our audiences during the Halloween season.”
The Woman in Black premiered in 1989 in London’s West End and is still in production today. It received a film adaptation in 2012 featuring Daniel Radcliffe. Tickets for The Woman in Black are on sale now. You can purchase tickets by visiting peoriaplayers.org or by calling the box office at 309-688-4473. Performances include October 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm and October 8 and 15 at 2:00 pm.
The Woman In Black
October 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14 at 7:30 pm and October 8 & 15at 2:00 pm