BPCC to present The Turn of the Screw

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The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the final show in their 2014-2015 ANECA sponsored season, The Turn of the Screw. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, this show is based on the Henry James’ novel.

Performances will be held at 7:30 pm July 24, 25, 31 and August 1, and at 2:00 pm July 26 and August 2, in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA.BPCC

Based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror, and repressed sexuality, this adaptation gives the famous story yet another turn of its own. A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor to care for two recently orphaned children, but she is not their first governess. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself when she became pregnant by the sadistic valet, Peter Quint, who was also found dead soon after under mysterious circumstances. Now, the new governess has begun to see specters of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends. But one frightening question tortures the would-be heroine: Are the ghosts real or are they the product of her own fevered imagination?

“We chose The Turn of the Screw to offer our audiences a good old-fashioned horror tale—one built on psychological suspense and fear of the supernatural,” says Director Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC.  “Part of the fun of the show is that we are never quite sure if this is a “ghost” story or a “personal demon” story—do the ghosts exist or are they simply the personification of a young woman’s inner sexual turbulence?  Either way, the effect is the same, and the results can be horrifying.”

Crawford adds, “We had such a wonderful response to our staging of the ghost story, The Woman in Black, a few years ago that we wanted to present a similar offering for our audience.  I think the audience is going to like this one.”

The cast features current theatre major Madeline Hiers as the Governess and graduating candidate theatre major Jesse Kortus as the Man.

In addition to Dr. Crawford directing this performance, David White is the Scenic Designer, Rona Leber is the Costume Designer, Keith Bruce is the Lighting Designer, and Jonathon Offutt has designed Properties. The Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager are Lari Leber and Connor Snow, respectively.

The Turn of the Screw will complete its run by traveling to Michigan City, Indiana, to be presented as the final offering of the 47th Season of the Canterbury Summer Theatre.  This will be the 10th summer for a BPCC Theatre production to complete the Canterbury Season, where director, Ray Scott Crawford is Artistic Director.  Canterbury is a professional non-Equity summer theatre, and the experience provides a professional opportunity to the BPCC Theatre students involved in the production. The cast and crew will depart from Bossier City on Monday, August 3. While at Canterbury, they will construct the set, re-stage and rehearse the production for performances August 6-8.

Tickets for BPCC’s production of Turn of the Screw may be purchased online by following the link: http://bpcc.edu/theatre/turnofthescrew/index.html.

For more information, call Mary Lyle-Mitchell, Box Office Manager, at 318-678-6021.