Monday, October 16, 2017

Get in the Halloween spirit with these film and theater productions

Elevate your scaries

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 3:57 PM

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Halloween does not have to be synonymous with blood, guts, and sexy fill in the blanks downing pumpkin spice Fireball shots at bars. In between ice luges and costume contests, you can enjoy a more sophisticated Halloween at the following area productions, appropriately themed for all Hallows Eve. And, if you want to don a pumpkin spice Fireball costume, by all means, be our guest. Just wait til the curtain drops.

Theater

In this Footlight Players production of The Addams Family a grown up pig-tailed Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a man her parents have never met, and to make matters worse, she's confided in her father, but kept her mother in the dark. Will mama Morticia make like a woman scorned and wreak havoc on the world? This original story lets us in on the drama, as the Addams host the new boyfriend and his parents for dinner. Opening night is Fri., Oct 20 at 8 p.m. and runs through Nov. 5.

The demon barber of fleet street! hits the Woolfe Street Playhouse starting Oct. 27 for Sweeney Todd. Blood thirsty Sweeney Todd is the central figure in this Victorian nightmare, crafting unsavory pies with the help of pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett. Watch heads roll, and, for an additional $21.50, you get a meat or veggie pie from HOM, plus a glass of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverage. The pie and mash will be served communally 30 minutes prior to performances. The meat, we hear, is of the non-human variety.

Flowertown Players presents British American playwright and composer Rupert Holmes' comedic thriller, Accomplice, beginning this Fri. Oct. 20. Set in 1970s Dartmoor, England in a renovated mill house, the story follows two married couples as their secrets — including the love triangles they've created — come to light. Expect special effects, a layered storyline, and an ending that even the most well-read mystery lovers won't be able to predict.

Film

Nothing says Halloween like a film fest at the Terrace Theater. And this one is not your average scream show. Catch Black Sabbath — The End of the End playing Wed. Oct. 18 at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m., Tobe Hooper's 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fri. Oct. 27 at 11:30 p.m,  and then two 11:30 p.m. screenings of Terrace classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show Fri. Oct. 27 and Sat. Oct. 28. Rocky Horror is a cult (and Terrace) classic — sweethearts Tim and Janet discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, weirdness, song, and dance spectaculars ensue. The Terrace uses a live shadow cast to enhance the Rocky Horror screenings, and there are special PBR beer prizes and giveaways both nights.

Charleston Music Hall preps us all for Halloween with a Sun. Oct. 29 screening of The Exorcist, featuring a live score from the White/Bogan Duo. The Duo performs an original score they composed, utilizing everything from a piano to children's toys as instruments. Eerily on the nose, no? Tickets are $12, and a cool $6.66 for students (freshmen, beware).

Ok ok, so maybe Harry Potter in concert doesn't scream Halloween. But it certainly embodies the magic of the holiday, and I mean who doesn't love some kick ass Harry taking down the oppressors storylines? The first Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert showing takes place at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a second show Sun. Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. A 40-foot screen plays the film while the CSO plays every note from the flick live on stage.

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