13 Theatre, Dance, Film & Music Events to Haunt This Halloween Season!
Upstate theatres and performing arts groups have a frightening line-up this Halloween season that is sure to entertain and give you a case of the creepies. This year’s picks feature serial killers with razors and split-personalities, a headless horseman, a man-eating plant, an alien transvestite, dancing zombies and more.
When Jekyll Met Hyde
The Magnetic Theatre
Through Oct. 29, 2016
The Magnetic Theatre presents When Jekyll Met Hyde, A Gleefully Ridiculous Take on the Classic Tale of Passion. The script, written and directed by Steven Samuels, draws on every written, dramatized, and filmed version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic imaginable, as well as many relevant 19th century literary and philosophical works, all for the sake of provoking the shock of laughter. Featuring an unusual feminist twist and a surprise ending, When Jekyll Met Hyde will be presented in an all-new production honoring the source material’s Victorian setting.
Shows continue Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through October 29. Call (828) 239-9250 or visit www.themagnetictheatre.org.
Little Shop of Horrors
FIRE Theatre Company
Oct. 7-9 & 14-16
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop Of Horrors” has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination! Featuring a live band and a lavish look, this exciting kick off to FIRE’s season is a creepy fun musical just in time for Halloween.
Shows are 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
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Asheville Community Theatre
Oct. 7-30, 2016
Billed as a musical thriller, Sweeney Todd is an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife and daughter. The twisted road to revenge leads Todd to the hilarious Mrs. Lovett, a proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a popular new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for revenge inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun! Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond. Directed by Jerry Crouch. Asheville Community Theatre
35 East Walnut St. in Asheville. Call (828) 254-1320 or visit http://www.ashevilletheatre.org.
The Rocky Horror Show
Oct. 7 – Nov. 5, 2016
It’s time to do the Time Warp again as “The Rocky Horror Show” returns to Trustus. Brad Majors and Janet Weiss are deeply in love and become affianced. What follows next is a “strange journey” as the couple finds themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank N Furter, a “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania” that invites them up to his lab. The doctor unveils his new creation and madcap chaos ensues. Costumes Encouraged! Directed By Scott Blanks, with Music Direction By Chris Cockrell and Choreography By Caitlin Britt.
Participation bags will be available for purchase for $3 per bag or two for $5.
Trustus Theatre is located at 520 Lady St. in Columbia. Call (803) 254-9732 or visit http://trustus.org.
Live From WVL Radio Theatre: The Headless Hessian of Sleepy Hollow (And Other American Horror Stories)
Immediate Theatre Project
Oct. 12-16 at 7:30 p.m.
The intrepid actors of WVL Radio Theatre are back, this time with a series of classic American horror stories, including one by Edgar Allen Poe, a creative retelling of the Lizzie Borden axe murders, and of course a re-imagining of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Four actors, live sounds effects, and original music transport you back to 1946 when the imagination created horrors far more vivid than any that might actually be lurking in your living room… or your radio station. Shows are at NC Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane, in Asheville. Call (828) 239-0263 or visit www.ncstagecompany.org
Screams and Movie Themes
Spartanburg Community Band
Friday, Oct. 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Spartanburg Community Band is back at it again with a new season of concerts for you to enjoy. This first concert entitled “Screams and Movie Themes” will focus on music of the theatrical genre as well as a few old favorites. More info on song selections as the date draws near. This is a FREE concert, please bring a friend!
Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E Saint John St. in Spartanburg.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Electric City Playhouse
Oct. 14-30, 2016
Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun! Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Noah Taylor. Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Electric City Playhouse , 514 North Murray Ave. in Anderson. Call (864) 224-4248 or visit http://www.ecplayhouse.com.
Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical
Oct. 20 – Nov. 12, 2016
The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life in this hit musical phenomenon! Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits, Jekyll & Hyde is an evocative tale of one man torn in two, and the women in love with both angel and devil. Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden & Frank Wildhorn, Book and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, and Music by Frank Wildhorn.
Shows are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Centre Stage, 501 River St. in Greenville. Call (864) 233-6733 or visit http://centrestage.org.
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Oct. 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Experience “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” – the movie that film critics rank as one of the best and scariest of all time – as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen accompanied by live music! Performing a score that incorporates the beautiful and dark strains of Brahms’s chamber music, the SPO strings will accompany the eerie ‘Vampyre Count’ as he makes his trek from Transylvania …into your nightmares. Concert sponsors are Marriot of Spartanburg and Hub City Tap House, drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included with the price of admission. Reception at 5:30 p.m. and screening at 6:30 p.m. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John St. in Spartanburg. Tickets are $25. Call (864) 542-2787 or visit chapmanculturalcenter.org
Before Dark: Thrilling Treats & Ghostly Beats
Carolina Ballet Theatre
Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. Performance; 1:45 p.m. Trick-or-Treating and Meet-and-Greet
Carolina Ballet Theatre presents Before Dark: Thrilling Treats & Ghostly Beats is inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. This unique dance production is created specifically for children. Before Dark is choreographed under the artistic direction of Hernan Justo.
Bring the entire family and experience the suspense and thrill of Before Dark. Kids are encouraged to attend the production dressed in their Halloween costumes. Following the production, we will continue the fun with Trick or Treating down Candy Lane and a character meet and greet held in the Lobby. Performance will be held at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre, 300 South Main St. in Greenville. Call (864) 467-3000 or visit www.peacecenter.org.
After Dark: A Thriller Ballet
Oct. 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Carolina Ballet Theatre presents “After Dark: A Thriller Ballet,” set to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The haunting story of “After Dark” begins on the anniversary of one of the South’s most gruesome crime of passion. Margaret was the beautiful and graceful wife of a wealthy railroad baron, but after years spent battling his infidelity, betrayal, and brutality, it all came crashing to an end. The sinister, but unsolved murders of Margaret and her husband left the town in turmoil and filled with questions. Their home may have been boarded up in 1916, but it never truly closed. The house took on a life of its own, filling with spirits seeking their revenge. Join us on the 100th anniversary of the murders as the spirits prepare for their return.
“After Dark: A Thriller Ballet” is a unique show intended for adults, so come and experience the rush while enjoying haunting melodies inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Arrive an hour before the show for The Witching Hour of cocktails and prepare for a thrilling and chilling evening with the Ballet. Performance will be held at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre, 300 South Main St. in Greenville. Call (864) 467-3000 or visit www.peacecenter.org.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
FIREside Radio Theatre
Oct. 31, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Continuing a tradition of a Halloween night radio show, this year FIREside brings to life Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of a troubled doctor turned monster by way of a dangerous experiment. Featuring an original adaptation of the novel, this twisted tale of woe is the perfect fare for a Halloween night. Live performance at the Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 North Main St. in Fountain Inn. Call (864) 409-1050 or visit http://www.yountscenter.org
Night of the Living Dead Redux
Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective
at Magnetic 375
Nov. 3-19, 2016
Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective presents “Night of the Living Dead Redux” written and directed by Rodney Smith. A new vision of a classic tale based on characters created by John Russo and George A. Romero. Shows are at the Magnetic 375, 375 Depot St. in Asheville. Call (828) 239-9250 http://www.themagnetictheatre.org/