Halloween Screams

by  L. Don Swartz

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 4f, 1m or f

"Very witty...[with] well written characters...[and] snappy dialogue...A chiller!" - The Niagara Gazette

"Great fun! Don't miss this show! A wonderfully charming production! All the elements...make for a scary Halloween." - Tonawand…

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Halloween Screams

by  L. Don Swartz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f, 1m or f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Here is all the fun of a haunted house on Halloween night with tricks, treats and surprises enough to keep the audience guessing to the very end. When a theatre group in Chestnut Hollow agrees to transform the community center's basement into a Halloween spook house, little do they know that the basement is already haunted! Phantom laughter, flying skulls, ghostly photographs and other worldly voices are just some of the clues that help the troupers unearth the grisly secret that has been buried in the basement for over 200 years.
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Reviews

"Very witty...[with] well written characters...[and] snappy dialogue...A chiller!" - The Niagara Gazette

"Great fun! Don't miss this show! A wonderfully charming production! All the elements...make for a scary Halloween." - Tonawanda News

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The basement of the Chestnut Hollow Community Center. October. The present.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

6m, 4f, 1m or f

MEG - 20 something, the group's lead actress, gentle, smart, and energetic
BRIAN - 20 something, the group's comic character actor, loves to agitate others when he's not thinking about sex
JUSTINE - 20 something, the group's melo-dramatic character actress, a bit high-strung, theatrical in all she does
CHRIS - 20 something, the group's leader, born to play Shakespeare, intense, sometimes humorless, ideal straight man
WENDELL - 20 something, theatre techie and all that implies, serious, skeptical, totally unaware that he often appears comical to others
SAM - adult, a him or a her, the director of the Chestnut Hollow Youth Center, the voice of the Community Center
REUBEN JONES - 30-40ish, a janitor with an attitude
TIM and TOM - teens, they spend way too much time watching MTV
MRS. GROBOWSKI - 40-60ish, town busybody, she has dedicated herself to ridding Chestnut Hollow of Halloween and all smutty-minded Thespians
CASSIE JONES - pre-teen, a sweet little girl with a dark secret
EXTRAS - pre-teens and teens to set up and run the Haunted House. Pluse extras of all-ages to portray patrons of the Haunted House.

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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

All of the characters described to be in their "20 somethings" could be played younger or older.
SAM can be portrayed as a man or a woman.

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Authors

L. Don Swartz

L. Don Swartz

HALLOWEEN SCREAMS was originally produced by the Ghostlight Theatre Company at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, New York on October 27, 1994. It was directed by Debby Koszelak.

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