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"The Spirit of All Hallows Eve" Arises

10/12/2017, 9:23 a.m.
A mummy king, malevolent fairies and a Celtic spirit of Halloween, seen just once a year, come to life in ...

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A mummy king, malevolent fairies and a Celtic spirit of Halloween, seen just once a

year, come to life in the Halloween drama, "Spirit of All Hallows Eve" - now

celebrating its 12th run. Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre (201 West

Jefferson Street, Joliet) in cooperation with the Bard's Guild Theatre Association

is proud to present this original Halloween tale on Saturday, October 14 (shows 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 15 (shows 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.). Show admission is $5. Groups of ten or more are just $4. Tickets are available at the

door and online (www.bicentennialpark.org).

The indoor drama, "The Spirit of All Hallows Eve," returns to the Park's inside

auditorium where it debuted in 2001 by the Bards' Guild Theatre Association. The

druidic narrators take audiences back in time to ancient Egypt, New England colonial times and to the mystic isles of England in times that have long since passed. The story explores the word-of-mouth legends handed down thousands of years and puts them to question. History, adventure and humor provide a unique treat for Halloween enthusiasts both locally and abroad. The show is suitable for families. There are only a few moderately scary moments, so it is recommended for ages five and older.

"I think this show appeals to Halloween fanatics because it takes the holiday down a

new avenue, expressing the festivities in a way that's never been done before," says

Eric Moniger, Technical Director. "We really wanted to make this show fun for

everyone to watch," Moniger continues. "It was really exciting for us to have things

like zombies, witch hunters, and spectral encounters with elaborate stagecraft, not

only for the kids, but for all the Halloween, fantasy, and adult fans in our

audience as well."

"The cast is working incredibly tirelessly and I am very proud of them," says Paul

Darin, Director. Paul, a former cast member in previous years returns this year to

direct. "They come in for rehearsals after working or going to school a full day,

day after day, and they bring the kind of energy on stage that would make you swear

they did this full time. They do this for the sheer love of theater and the joy of

being able to tell a story on stage through gestures, dance, and (of course)

acting."

Eric appears in the show as one of the druid narrators, as well as overseeing the

complex technical mechanics for the cast of 2017 (cast names in alphabetical order):

Annalis Whalen, Cheryl Foster, Danny Carroll, Elana Carmine, Faye Zolp, Fred

Kaanapu, Gabe Brumbaugh, Isabella Martinez, Jacqui Andrea Strong, Jamie Gossen,

Jenna Maue, Jose Lopez, Leo Brumbaugh, Maggie Garbelman, Marisa Lopez, Miles Lane, Oscar Martinez, Ryan Divine, Tamara Martinez, Tanner Lee, Taylor White, Teddy Lucas and Zane Carmine.

The doors to the decorated lobby "forest" open one hour before showtime. Come early and enjoy the Wickedly Sweet Shop, Spirit Saloon, Spooky Boo-tique and savory concessions. For ticket and more information, contact the office: 815-724-3761, bipark@jolietcity.org