BWW Feature: NIGHTFALL WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE Presented by the Kanawha Players at the LABELLE THEATER
Performance Dates: January 19th, 20th, 26th & 27th, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Address: LaBelle Theater, 311 D Street, South Charleston, WV 25303
Ticket Prices: $15.00 for General Admission, $10.00 for Senior/Student. If traveling with a group, there is a Group Rate Deal featuring 4 tickets for $40.00. Please call (304) 343-PLAY(7529) to reserve your tickets.
Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe is a chilling rendition of four of Poe's most famous tales, widely considered amongst his personal favorites: The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart. Watch as the Kanawha Players bring these stories to life in highly theatrical adaptations revolving around Poe's descent into madness and his attempts to convince the audience, and himself, that he's not slowly losing his grip on reality.
Starring Rob James as Edgar Allan Poe, and featuring Justin Dearing as Roderick Usher, Amber Smith as Madeline Usher, David McBrayer as Edgar, Kenneth Morrison as Sante, Kaitlyn Hickman as The Old Man, Robert Handley as Cop #1, Preston Hickman as Cop #2 and Beth Frampton as The Raven.
Director Randi Vaughan expressed what initially drew her to this project, "I've always been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe. When my twin sister and I were little, and our older siblings had to babysit us, they pretty much let us have control of the television...one day we stumbled upon those Roger Corman movies that starred Vincent Price and they left an impression on me." Intrigued by the films, Vaughan decided to delve deeper into Poe's catalog and started checking out Poe's stories from the library. Through her research on Poe she found that he had lived in Richmond, Virginia and considered Virginia his home. "Being a Virginian myself, I thought that was cool."
Sparked by her love of Poe's works while growing up, she jumped at the prospect of being able to tell this story. "When the opportunity arrived to pick a show for Kanawha Players 96th season...I thought that this will be fun. A little twist in telling his works, but unlike some of those Cormon movies, the core of Poe's works is still solid."
Vaughan has nothing but praise when it comes to her cast and crew, "I'm blessed with an easy-going cast and crew. The cast are fans of Poe." She goes on to give a little bit of background on her cast, "It's a small cast that range from stage veterans, actors from semi-retirement, novices and the ever nervous never been on stage performer. We are all trying to put on a solid performance for the audience."
Vaughan throws in a tidbit of trivia before concluding her thoughts on the show, "We open on January the 19th, which is Edgar Allan Poe's 209th birthday. " The theatre will be celebrating by offering cake in their lobby on opening night.
Vaughan, her cast, and her crew are proud of their show and hope that their love for the material shows throughout their performance. "I hope that the audience will enjoy the show," Vaughan says, "and will come back to see more of the Kanawha Players' productions."
Nightfall is presented thanks to special arrangements with Playscripts, Inc.