Something Wicked This Way Comes

When Summer begins to wind down, and the hallways of schools once again fill with voices, there is a sort of twilight time as Fall and Halloween approach. The long days give way to longer nights and things begin to change …

Legendary fantasy, horror and science fiction writer Ray Bradbury masterfully captures this twilight time in his novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, which he himself adapted for the stage prior to his death, and in September of 2017, the Theatre Guild will bring his amazing story to life as part of their 83rd season.

The play begins as two young friends, Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, both about to turn 14, encounter a most unusual traveler who calls himself Tom Fury, a lightning rod salesman. Fury is just moments ahead of a big storm and he advises the boys to get ready for the momentous change headed their way. Many of the residents of their small town are sensing something is coming. And in the middle of the night, a howling and thunderous sound heralds an arrival and the streets become peppered with flyers and posters promoting Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show – a carnival promising mysterious sideshows and excitement. But this sinister carnival wants something from the town, and from the boys, and from everyone they encounter.

Performances are at the Inman Humanities Theatre on the Walters State campus on Sept. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 pm and Sept 16 and 23 at 2pm. Reserve tickets by calling 423-586-9260.

Please include the name of the ticket holder with each purchase.

The Cast:
Will – Blake Burleson
Jim – Steven Lampkin
Halloway – Lee Akins
Tetley – Tyler McDaniel
Crossetti – Julie Owen
Miss Foley – Alice Lafever
Young Girl – Sara Helm
Tom Fury – Todd Helm
Mrs. Halloway – Jean Doherty
Jim’s Mom – Emily Livesay
Cooger – Daniel Munson
Mr. Dark – Ashley Cunningham
Young Cooger – Sawyer Stacy
Dust Witch – Katrina Bosse
Ice Woman – Britney Newman
Policeman – Jeff Spencer
Town Ensemble – Chloe Bolling, Starla Lane, Dakota Hopkins, Christian Devotie, Jacob Overton, Ryan Hinton, Heidi Helm, Hannah Antrican
Carnival Ensemble – Luke Underwood, Carson Grimes, Hunter Tinney, Regina Zaragoza, Dalton Miksa, Donovan Stokes, Jolee Southerland, Elizabeth Fain, Kate Evans.

Dancers with Studio 180 will also be a part of the production.