Students Scream for Wait Until Dark

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Abbey Wood plays a blind Susy Hendrix, trying to outwit three manipulative con-men played by Dan Harvey, David Varney and Dallin Featherstone in Wait Until Dark. Photo by Lauren Anderle

Abbey Wood plays a blind Susy Hendrix, trying to outwit three manipulative con-men played by Dan Harvey, David Varney and Dallin Featherstone in Wait Until Dark. Photo by Lauren Anderle

Thick darkness envelopes the stage and holds the audience captive. Not a single sliver of light remains to illuminate the auditorium, and only one sound penetrates your consciousness – almost as though in a dream:

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap. 

A voice breaks the silence like cold water.

You know, I have to hand it to you, Susy… You’ve thought of everything!”

Tap… Tap… Tap…

“It’s funny though. How very carefully someone might plan a scenario like this, there’s always one minor detail, one thing they overlook…”

Tap… 

Wow. I mean, wow. I gotta be honest here, Wait Until Dark was the most suspenseful thriller I’ve ever seen on stage! And nobody does it better than the Snow College Theater Department.

I don’t do horror. I just don’t. But when I first walked into this show, I was honestly skeptical. How could you make a play scary? I mean, even for me? I knew our theater department was good, but honestly, I was bracing myself for impact.

But then it started.

As the audience sat in total blackness, the sound of a child’s lullaby begins to play ominously, intensifying the already-nervous conscience of every girl in the room.

A chilling performance from Dallin Featherstone, Dan Harvey, and David Varney tells of two con artists and one very sinister stranger fixing to obtain a doll, filled with pure heroin, from a young and unsuspecting married couple living in post-WWII America.

As the audience discovers, Susy Hendrix, (played by Abby Wood) victim of their deceit, has recently gone blind due to an accident she was in. While her husband (played by Tyler Hughes) is out, these three men traumatize Susy and dupe her into believing their elaborate scheme to obtain the doll.

As it goes, however, Susy, though blind, is not as helpless as they think. With the help of her young neighbor, Gloria (played by Makaela Caldwell), Susy devises a scheme of her own to expose the three men who threaten her family, her sanctuary, and her very life.

Wait Until Dark was filled with high-suspense, drama, mystery, and murder; it gave everyone thrills and chills, and even a few screams!

It looked past all the special effects required for horror films today and ripped us down to the very essence of our fear, to the point where our only comfort was found in the very darkness in which our fear was born.

Performed by a brilliant cast, this psychological thriller was certainly no disappointment for me! One thing here is certain: I’ll never underestimate the Snow College Theater Department again.

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