Austin College Theatre Presents “The Haunting of Hill House”

Austin College Theatre Presents “The Haunting of Hill House”

The Austin College Theatre Department will present its first play of the academic year, F. Andrew Leslie’s The Haunting of Hill House, October 11 through 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Beardsley Arena Theatre of Ida Green Communication Center. Admission is free with a valid Austin College ID, and general admission is $8, with tickets available at the box office just prior to show time.

The play is adapted from the novel by Shirley Jackson, and the production is directed by senior Harris “Harri” Drake of Whitesboro, Texas. She described The Haunting of Hill House as “the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House.” The main characters, as she explains them are Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;” Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile, young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with some inexplicable phenomena, Drake said. “But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of the visitors to make its own.”

A theatre major, Drake said she chose this play for her directing opportunity as she loves Shirley Jackson, whose book the play is based on, and because the play had left her confused upon seeing it previously. She said she was interested to learn more about it and talk with actors and staff as they prepared the play in order to derive meaning from it. And, she has gotten new ideas, confirmations of previous thoughts, and seen “little moments that led into larger understanding,” she said. Theatre majors take a directing class, and may be offered the chance to direct upon completing it. Drake was pleased with the opportunity as she would love to work as an actor in theatre or movies upon graduation, but she plans to find ways to be involved in theatre regardless of her career.

The cast includes junior Hannah Barry of Dallas, Texas, as Eleanor Vance; freshman Zoe Crews of River Oaks, Texas, as Mrs. Dudley; sophomore Abbey Goodman of Austin, Texas, as Theodora; junior Kyle Andrele of Allen, Texas as Dr. Montague; freshman Harrison Vickmark of McAllen, Texas, as Luke Sanderson; senior Robbie Moore of Garland, Texas, as Mrs. Montague; and senior Andrew Maienschein of Claremore, Oklahoma, as Arthur Parker.

The production staff includes junior Kat Forbus of Plano, Texas, as stage manager; senior Zsuzsa Ratliff-Johnson of Denton, Texas, and sophomore Nic Chaviers, of Houston, Texas, as assistant stage managers; sophomore Erin Bobbitt of Dallas, Texas, and freshman Taylor Griswold of Denton, Texas, as board operators; Chloe Schnaible of Allen Texas, light designer; junior Harper Jambor of Austin, Texas, sound designer; Liz Banks of the theatre faculty, set designer; and senior Lindsay Apgar of Harker Heights, Texas, and sophomore Rayanne Seymour of Stafford, Texas, prop designers.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Mummy and Me Highlights Halloween at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum

Mummy and Me Highlights Halloween at the  Northeast Texas Children’s Museum

Mother and Son Event Promises Thrilling Evening!

Mummy and Me will be a special Mother and Son event at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum.  The event will be held at the Children’s Museum on October 20 from 6:30 to 8:30. With a Patron Sponsorship by Oncor and  Family Sponsorships by Commerce Funeral Home and Commerce Veterinary Clinic,  the evening will include all the fun parts of Halloween.

A Haunted House with a Witch, a Haunted Ship with a Witch’s Brew, and a Hearse with Mummies will attract the braver young boys.  Boys who want to escape the witches will have plenty of other attractions throughout the Children’s Museum.  The many play areas in the Children’s Museum will be open for the visiting Halloween ghouls.  Crafts will include decorating small pumpkins and Halloween magnets. Mothers and Sons will participate in a Mummy Wrap and dance to the Monster Mash.  These activities will be judged and directed by Jim Ayers.

“Young boys and their mothers will have special haunting food including WitcheFingers, Witches Wands, Bat Chips, Coffin Dip, and Mummy Pizza.  Decorations in the Party Room will reflect the season of ghosts, witches, and goblins, ” said Brenda Estes, Food Chair for the event. “These should be treats that moms and sons will enjoy.”

Included in the ticket price of $35 is a costume for the young mummy or his mom.  Not included in the ticket price is the price of a photo by David Hambrick.  With activities that thrill and some that don’t , with mummy food and monster dances, the Mummy and Me event should be a time that each mother and son will remember.  Tickets can be purchased at the Children’s Museum or by calling 903-886-6055.

For more Halloween festivities in Texoma,  be sure to check out the Halloween Event Calendar.

Mummy and Me

Halloween and Día de los Muertos at The Sherman Museum

Halloween and Día de los Muertos at The Sherman Museum

On Oct. 31st, The Sherman Museum will be having half priced admissions during normal 10 am-4 pm hours for all who show up in Halloween Costumes. There will be showings of “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” as well as Halloween arts and crafts. Patrons that visit this day will receive Trick-or-Treats on their way out of the museum.

On Nov. 1st, The Sherman Museum will be hosting for the first time Día de los Muertos festivities. “We are very excited about this event and we hope for a great turnout. Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a beautiful tradition of honoring and remembering loved ones that have passed away. We want to not only teach the community about this great tradition, but to also share it with them, while having fun,” states Natalie R. Bonner, Assistant Director of The Sherman Museum.

The museum will be having half priced admission during normal 10am-4pm hours to all those who come in traditional Día de los Muertos dress, or Halloween costumes. Half priced admissions will continue from 5pm-8pm during the after-hours celebrations. The museum will have arts and crafts, an ofrenda for guests to draw their loved ones and honor them, as well as showing Disney’s “Coco.” Patrons will receive traditional Día de los Muertos candy on their way out of the museum.

About The Sherman Museum

The Sherman Museum is a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of historical significance for visitors and residents of Grayson County and the Greater North Texas Region. The museum was previously known as The Red River Historical Museum prior to a name change in March 2011.

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