Theatre Dept Prepares Thriller for Halloween

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AneUhnu Gwatidzo, Abbey Wood, Makaela Caldwell and Jasmin Johnson rehearse a tense scene during Wait Until Dark rehearsal. Photo by Lauren Anderle

AneUhnu Gwatidzo, Abbey Wood, Makaela Caldwell and Jasmin Johnson rehearse a tense scene during Wait Until Dark rehearsal. Photo by Lauren Anderle

This Halloween season, the Snow College Theatre department is preparing a suspense/thriller called Wait Until Dark. The show opens Wednesday October 28 and runs through Halloween night. Shows begin every night at 7:30 pm and cost $2 with student ID.

This suspenseful drama takes place in New York City in the 1960s. The story surrounds a married couple, Sam and Susy Hendrix. Susy is a blind housewife who finds herself a target of dangerous con-men after a mysterious woman convinces Sam to transport a doll for the woman from Canada. Little does Sam know that the seemingly innocent doll is filled with a large amount of heroin. Shortly after Sam takes the doll, the woman is murdered and the men focus their attentions on the couple. The leader of the group is a man named “Roat.” He and his two comrades, confront Susy and try and manipulate her into thinking that Sam will be blamed for the murder of the woman who gave him the doll. They try and convince her to give them the doll, which was taken from the house by a young neighbor girl named Gloria. One of Roat’s companions poses as a police detective and a supposed old friend of her husband’s to try and draw information out of her.

Freshman Abbey Wood is portraying Susy Hendrix in this production and said, “Susy is an interesting woman. She is, in my mind, an optimistic and somewhat strong-willed 1960s housewife who really pulls through in the end by using her blindness to her advantage and ultimately comes out on top. As an actor, you don’t come by many heroin-natured roles written in the 60s, which is what makes this role all the more special to me. I feel totally honored to be stepping into the shoes of the great Audrey Hepburn, who originated Susy in the Wait Until Dark motion picture.” When asked about how she felt the play finally opening Wood said, “I’m so excited to hear the audience scream and cry!”

Gloria, the little girl who helps Susy outfox the murderous conmen, is being played by sophomore Makaela Caldwell in this production. Caldwell said that she is excited about this show because “It is so different from what anyone in the cast has done before. The characters are complex and intriguing. I think our audiences are going to love it.”

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