If you felt that going to a brand new musical production adaptation of Poltergeist
was going to be just another night of theater complete with an accurate retelling of the 1982 cult film of the same name, then are you in for a real scare as soon as the lights fade out as the Stark Turn Players present a very twisted take on this classic horror film.
"A poltergeist is the presence of an absence," says Mary Beth Quillin, trustee for the Stark Turn Players. "What is severely absent in our family is a connectedness, and the technology (smart phones, TV, etc.) [is] causing their disconnectedness."
Just as in the original film, the adults are particularly disconnected from the children. That's the main reason for the update, according to Quillin. In this parody of Poltergeist
, with songs written by Julia Yob of TIP$ fame, only the children are aware of the presence of the poltergeist.
When the adults finally put down their technology, the family unit must come together to rid the house of the spirits. This reconnecting leads to a loving family reunion …. or does it?
And no worries about your favorite line, which gets rebirthed in the "Carly Anne's Hello" that is sure to stick with long after you leave the theater. The runtime of this new production is 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.
Notice: The Stark Turn Players host the annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival
on February 27 - Mar 1, 2015. Submissions for the festival are being accepted until November 1, 2014.
Admission: $14/adults and $8 students and seniors.