“Fright Night” offers pre-Halloween scares at Rifle High School | PostIndependent.com

“Fright Night” offers pre-Halloween scares at Rifle High School

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Those who wish to enjoy some early Halloween frights can get their fill at the Rifle High School Drama Club’s production of “Fright Night,” Wednesday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Oct. 19, in the school’s auditorium.

“Fright Night” is a series of one-act horrors, written by L. Don Swartz, and involves more than 40 students on and off stage, from 9th to 12th grades.

The first two acts are adaptations from Edgar Allen Poe stories. “Tell Tale Heart” has been adapted from its original format to include the deranged killer on trial before a panel of psychologists determining his sanity. The panel includes characters from another Poe short story, entitled “The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether.”

This first act stars junior Brett Christensen as Algernon Blackwood, the accused killer, locked in a prison cell as he defends his sanity and confesses the crime. Debuting for their first time on stage are freshmen Alex Brown and Aaron Hosack, as well as junior Sarah Voigt, who also takes on her usual role as stage manager.

The second act is adapted from Poe’s “The Monkey’s Paw.” Starring are seniors Andrea Ulloa and Troy Clark, who play the recipients of the cursed paw, as well as the parents of the cursed daughter. Debuting for their first time on stage are sophomore Kirstyn Folmer and freshman Micayla Rhoades.

The final act is a new play by L. Don Swartz, entitled “Midnight Wax.” This act stars juniors Austin Kennedy, the wax museum owner, and Shannon Rossilli, a journalist who spends the night in a wax museum in order to write a fall story for the local newspaper. The museum is going out of business due to lack of local interest. Rossilli’s character is brought in to hopefully bring it back to life with her article, but little does she know the only way to give the museum life is to have her own life taken away.

“Fright Night” run-time is about one hour and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission for concessions. Because of the darker content, this production should be considered PG-13, with a recommended age of 12 and older.

Tickets can be purchased at the door: $7 for adults, $4 for students and all Garfield School District Re-2 staff members with identification.

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