October 13th, 2005


Opening Night!

"The Haunting of Hill House" opens tonight! After a very tense tech week, we had a pretty good preview last night. I feel good about having a paying public in to see the show. Some of the tech kids are a little too nervous/officious, but that always happens. I've learned to be absolutely sure why they want me to call an actor to the stage 20 minutes before his or her first entrance - it's usually because they are convinced the actor will miss it without help.

I do a check of the backstage sound system every night. I used to simply do a check and ask an actor to come tell me if they heard it, but that never worked. Finally, I began making the check "This is a test of the backstage com. Would someone please come give me today's password: milksop." I just pick a word that strikes my fancy. One cast (adults, really) refused to answer unless it was something obscene. I keep the ones for ATY very clean.

1. What words should I use for com check this week?

2. What is one of your favorite movie quotes?

3. Are you looking forward to the snow?
Ghost Light

"The Haunting of Hill House"

Alaska Theatre of Youth's Halloween show "The Haunting of Hill House" opens Tonight!

Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for daily visits from its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomenon. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and come to grips with the forces that have made it uninhabitable. He is joined by 3 others, each with their own reasons for accepting his invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. Their visit begins with jovial informality, but their sensibilities are soon jarred by strange and eerie occurrences. As they struggle to disguise their mounting fear, they are joined by Dr. Montague's wife and a friend who have come to Hill House for purposes of their own. They too are interested in the House's wicked nature but the differing approaches bring on a crisis in which the forces of Hill House are goaded into a new and, for one present, fatal fury.

"The Haunting of Hill House" is directed by Peter Payton and stars

Kelli Brown as Eleanor Vance
Grace Cottrell as Mrs. Dudley
Rebecca Klump as Theodora
James Murphy as Luke Sanderson
Cameron Jefts as Arthur Parker
Erick Hayden as Dr. Montague
Michelle Beakler as Mrs. Montague
and Isaac Cottrell

"The Haunting of Hill House" runs Oct. 13-30, Thursday-Saturday at 7:00 and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 at the Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $12.50 for students and seniors, $15 for adults and are available by calling Center Tix at 263-ARTS.