As COVID-19 presents its own horrifying challenges, the Woodinville High School Theatre Company is venturing into the world of physically distant, spooky radio plays just in time for Halloween.
The award-winning theatre group is showing five nightly performances of vintage horror shows Oct. 27-31 at 7 p.m. on YouTube. The Halloween radio extravaganza features Edgar Allan Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher,” Oscar Wilde’s “Canterville Ghost,” classic horror radio shows from the 1930s and 1940s, and the Gothic terror of “Dracula.”
There will be two stories each night, providing frightening family entertainment leading up to the grand finale performance of “Dracula” on Halloween evening. All 10 radio plays are pre-recorded and will be broadcasted on YouTube, along with a few visual cues interspersed.
The YouTube channel link will go live every night at 6:45 p.m.
“We encourage you to position your device in a central place in your home, gather all members of your household and get comfortable for an hour of spine-tingling entertainment,” said Director Josh Butchart in a news release.
The cast comprises over 20 WHS students, and includes 13 seniors. Crews of students from the WHS technical theatre program handle the technical aspects of the show, from sound and lighting to costuming and filming.
The shows are directed and designed by Butchart, with additional directing support from Katharina Bomers-Muller, Steve Cooper and Marsha Stueckle.
Tickets may be purchased for $5 per device for all five nights on schoolsales.nsd.org.
Visit www.whstc.org for more information.