11 Shows Guaranteed to Get You in the Halloween Mood

warehouse theatre rocky horrorBY SANDY STAGGS

With Halloween just around the corner, Carolina Curtain Call has rounded up the best thrillers, horror musicals and comedies in the Upstate to get you in the holiday spirit.

“The Rocky Horror Show”— Warehouse Theatre
Back for an epic six-week run, “The Rocky Horror Show” (READ SANDY’S REVIEW) by Richard O’Brien has been transported to a cabaret lounge with Brian Clowdus as the sassy, southern Dr. Frank-N-Furter. This version has less horror and sci-fi than previous incarnations but it is quite an intimate experience and tickets are still available for Halloween week shows at 8 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $35 and $60 for cabaret table seating. Call (864) 235-6948 or visit http://www.WarehouseTheatre.com.

 the birds“The Birds” — Walhalla Civic Auditorium and Abbeville Opera House
This adaptation by Conor McPherson (READ REVIEW) is based on the Daphne du Maurier short story which inspired the classic 1962 Alfred Hitchcock film about unexplained widespread attacks by a plethora of bird species. “The Birds” runs Oct. 2-4. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 101 E. North Broad Street, Walhalla, SC 29691. Call (864) 638-5277 or visit http://www.walhallacivic.com.

Catch “The Birds” again directed by Jimmy O. Burdette at the Abbeville Opera House Oct. 23 & 30 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 24 & 31 at 3 & 8 p.m. at 100 Court Square in Abbeville. For tickets call (864) 366-2157 or visit www.theabbevilleoperahouse.com.


Young_Frankenstein fire“Young Frankenstein: The Musical” — FIRE Theatre Company and Asheville Community Theatre

Frankenstein’s monster comes alive with song and comedy in this musical version of the Mel Brooks classic. And it’s in color. Two productions open on Oct. 2. Asheville Community Theatre runs Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Oct. 25 at 35 East Walnut St. in Asheville. Call (828) 254-1320 or visit http://www.ashevilletheatre.org.

FIRE Theatre Company plays for two weekends Oct. 2-4 and 9-11, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 North Main St. in Fountain Inn. Call (864) 409-1050 or visit http://www.yountscenter.org.


Little Shop of Horrors“Little Shop of Horrors” — Foothills Playhouse
Don’t miss this doo-wop sci-fi tale about a nerdy florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that demands to be fed. “Little Shop” has a book by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken and is directed by Jon Osborne. Shows are Oct. 16-18 and 23-25, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at 201 S 5th St. in Easley. Tickets are $5-15. Call (864) 855-1817 or visit http://fhplayhouse.com/.


“Sweeney Todd”  —  Alverson Center Theatre
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Demon Barber of Fleet Street comes to Anderson Oct 29–Nov. 1,  Thursday, Friday & Saturdaya at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. with a special Midnight show on Oct. 31. ACT is located at 133 East Whitner Street in Anderson. Tickets are $17-20. Call (864) 353-9870 or visit actheatresc.org.


“Dracula” — Theatre Charlotte

This adaptation brings the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker’s famous vampire. Show dates are Oct. 30-Nov.15 at 501 Queens Road in Charlotte. Call (704) 376-3777 or visit http://www.theatrecharlotte.org.


greenville little theatre The 39 Steps“The 39 Steps” — Greenville Little Theatre and Hendersonville Little Theatre
Based on the novel by John Buchan, this adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film is fast, funny, filled with intrigue and a touch of romance.  The forces of “The 39 Steps” are out for Richard Hannay, the unsuspecting target of a ring of spies.  Hannay is forced to go on the run and encounters plane crashes, train chases, and romance, until finally he must save his own life. All 150 characters are played by 4 actors in a lightening-speed comedy that will leave you wanting more. GLT Shows are Oct. 30-31, Nov. 5-7, 12-13 at 8 p.m., Nov. 1 & 8 at 3 p.m. at 444 College Street in Greenville. Call (864) 233-6238 or visit www.greenvillelittletheatre.org.
HLT shows are Oct. 30-Nov .15 with shows on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at 229 South Washington St. in Hendersonville. Call (828) 692-1082 or visit http://www.hendersonvillelittletheatre.org.


Death by Design — Oconee Community Theatre
This mystery comedy by Rob Urbinati mixes the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Shows are Oct. 9-11 and 16-18, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at 8001 Utica Street in Seneca. Tickets are $8-14. Call (864) 882-1910 or visit www.oconeetheatre.org.



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