The Naked Stage's THE TURN OF THE SCREW Haunts The Pelican Theatre

The Naked Stage's THE TURN OF THE SCREW Haunts The Pelican Theatre

As eerie candlelight dances across dark walls, two actors create an intensely creepy world that extends past the fourth wall and lures the audience into its chilling tale. With great use of theatrical magic, The Naked Stage manages to transform a tiny black box theatre into a grandiose haunted mansion with the use of slight shifts of light, simple blocking patterns and the dynamic believability of both actors.

Jeffrey Hatcher’s theatrical adaptation of Henry James’ ghost story “The Turn of the Screw” places a large amount of responsibility on its actors. Making sense of the stylized language of 19th century England alone is a daunting task. Couple that with either never leaving the stage or playing multiple characters, and you are left with a massive undertaking. However, The Naked Stage has found a way to make this piece accessible to modern audiences. Katherine Amadeo and Matthew William Chizever tell this story with honesty and clarity. She evokes a ghost-like presence as she turns mad. He deftly switches between sinister bachelor, warm caretaker and sly 10 year-old boy. In an instant, the play is riveting and all we can do is hold our breath until the very end.

To support these fine actors, Margaret M. Ledford has shaped this work into a beautifully twisted piece of art. Her lighting design works hand in hand with her keen direction to lead our focus to different parts of the house of Bly, the garden or near the river. This company has a brilliant way of making us see that which is not there: as literal as the young girl, Flora, and a piano, or as figurative as the ghosts of Miss Jessel and Peter Quint.

The result is an absolute must-see piece of theatre. The Pelican Theatre is located on the campus of Barry University in Miami Shores and “The Turn of the Screw” runs through August 12th

 

 

 

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Michelle Petrucci A North Jersey native, Michelle grew up in the dance studio and then soon called the theatre her second home. Professionally, she has used her passion for dance and musical theatre to lead her to a fulfilling career as a performer, choreographer, director and educator. She has toured the country in the First National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, served as the Dance Captain of the National Tour of Camelot, spent months at sea as a lead singer/dancer for Princess Cruise Lines, and has been seen regionally in such shows as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pal Joey, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Pippin and Company. In Boston, her choreography for Pal Joey was nominated of an IRNE award. Upon relocating to Florida from New York, she choreographed the Florida Premier of Snoopy The Musical under the direction of co-creator Arthur Whitelaw, Urinetown and Bat Boy: The Musical at Area Stage Company in Coral Gables as well as Lippa's Wild Party for Outré Theatre Company in Boca. She was also seen in the Carbonell Award-winning production of Hello Dolly at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Michelle is currently on faculty at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach where she teaches musical theatre dance, choreographs and directs. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in Dance from The Boston Conservatory and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.







 
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