MHT presents the World Premiere of Something Dark - A Ghost Story for the Stage. Written by Paul Elliot.
Market House Theatre wanted to kick off the 56th Season in a special way to celebrate the newly-renovated theatre lobby. We were thrilled when Paul Elliott contacted Executive Director Michael Cochran and offered MHT the opportunity to present the world premiere of his play, Something Dark. We are also thrilled that Paul Elliott will be present for the opening night of the show.
Something Dark is first and foremost a ghost story for the stage, guaranteed to chill even the most stalwart and skeptical audience member. After losing their six-year-old son in a drowning accident, Neal and Vickie try to start life over again by moving to another state, another home. Unfortunately, they are only in the new house a couple of nights before Vickie begins to hear a child’s crying in the darkness. Afraid she may be losing her mind, she keeps it a secret from her husband until he begins to hear it as well. Frantically tearing the house apart, they try to find the source of the crying, hoping that maybe, just maybe, it might be their son trying to reach through to them. The thought of his being lost between life and death terrifies them, but what they discover is something worse, much worse...Something Dark. *Contains mature subject matter
Paul Elliott is an actor, director, and respected television and screenwriter who has written, produced, and/or directed over sixty television shows. In addition, he has written, produced, and/or directed more than fifty theatrical plays, including live entertainment spectaculars for theme parks around the world. Paul has gained a reputation as the “Go-To” man for extravagant multi-million dollar press launches and corporate productions for such industry leaders as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, MCA/Universal, Disney, United Airlines, and many others. But writing for the stage has always been his first love, and his plays are produced all around the world. These include: Legacy and Perspective (published by Samuel French); Ledge, Ledger and the Legend; Mind Games; and The Door (published by Dramatic Publishing). Paul has won the AACTFEST National Play competition twice, and MHT produced one of the winning scripts, Exit Laughing, two years ago. His first novel, The Riverton Project, is slated to become a major television show next year.
MHT is thrilled to have Kathy Pingel directing this new ghost story on our stage. Having worked as an editor on some of Paul’s stage plays over the past few years, she connected him with MHT to see if the theatre would be interested in doing the world premiere of Something Dark. During the process Paul, Kathy, and the MHT staff have been in contact numerous times to work through the magic needed for the play. Until her retirement in 2015, Kathy Pingel was the Director of Education and Youth Programming at the Des Moines Community Playhouse for ten years. Most recently at MHT, Kathy directed Calendar Girls last April.
We welcome several MHT veterans back to the stage for Something Dark. Vickie and Neal are played by Amber Dawn (Mamma Mia/Casino Dead Money) and Scott Dossett (Eternity/Les Misérables). Josh Morehead (Mamma Mia/Addams Family) plays Vickie’s old school friend, Kevin, and Kim Yocum (Mamma Mia/Calendar Girls) plays Virginia, the retired school teacher who lives next door. The supernatural character Angie is played by Dagny Page (Junie B. Jones) and the Something Dark character is played by Christopher Burnett (Jazz Age Jeopardy).
Kathy Pingel directs, with Denise Bristol as the assistant director/stage manager. Tom Hansen/Michael Cochran designed the set, and Tom designed the lighting. Angela Hoerner is the Costume Designer, and Jennifer Miller is the Costume Assistant. Mark Toebben composed original music for the show. Jason McHaney and Patrick McHaney worked on magic props, and Bryan Chapman and Jim Keeney constructed the set and other magic elements. Aspyn Burnett, Caleb Buford, and Dennis Bristol serve as the stage crew.
Something Dark runs Sept. 12 - 22 with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2:30. There is also a matinee on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Adult and Student tickets are available both online and at the Box Office. 270.444.682
Not recommended for children
A- contains some mature subject matter
L- contains some coarse language
H-contains Horror & Supernatural Themes