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Grand Theatre stage hosts chilling tale

Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Have you ever from the corner of your eye seen something move in the distance and nothing was there but a slight breeze that tenderly touched and cooled the skin at the same time? Have you ever turned suddenly when you believed you heard a breath in the darkness? Welcome to the imagination and what it can conceive when left alone in the dark. The walls begin to move, shadows grow, sounds are heard, and whatever light you may see, you wish would stay for that one second longer; before whatever looms out there in the darkness causes it too turn away, thus shadowing whatever hope you had for company or just simply the company of light.

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to “The Woman in Black.” The Grand Theatre Company in Winter Park presents the play starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 with following performances of the Victorian ghost tale also scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 26 and 27 on the company’s stage.

The tale is the company’s Halloween highlight and is set in a small English town. It promises to be a “hair-raising journey to eerie marshlands, amid moaning winds and silence-shattering screams … a ghost ride that will keep you jumping with fear.”

It is a story of one man, that began in London’s prosperous West End and has been told for over 18 years. “I was told of this man’s story over a year ago last February,” said Wayne Blumberg, who makes his directorial debut in Grand County this Friday.

“As soon as I heard about it, I got the script for it and read it immediately. I was hooked and now I am very proud to bring you this man’s story.

“I am only able to bring you this story due to the unyielding work and belief in my vision from the wonderful cast, technical crew, of the Grand Theatre Company, who believed that I could bring this beautiful Victorian Gothic story to their stage.” Cast and crew members helping bring the show to the Winter Park stage include company managers Tanny and Kimberlee Nanda, Shelby Mitchell, founding member and friend Parke Fech, and Rich Southwick, who has been doing shows with the Nandas since their first winter theatre season.

Blumberg is originally from the Western Slope area of Grand Junction, Colo. where he was able to bring “The Woman in Black” to the stage for the first time as the director. “My intention of this play is not scare you but to appreciate the story and the from Susan Hill’s book ‘The Woman in Black’ and the play adaptation done by Stephen Mallatratt. My only wish for this production is that you sit back and listen to one man’s story with the help of another so that you may see and hear how ‘The Woman in Black’ has affected so many people for so many years.”

Audiences, prepare yourselves for a frightful tale along with views of a mysterious spirit and a man who “employs an actor to help him exorcise the fear that has gripped his soul.” Blumberg also encourages patrons to check out the Web site for “The Woman in Black” at http://www.thewomaninblack.com. “There you can learn of the story and see how it has affected so many Londoners over the years.”

Local performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27 on the company’s stage. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $12 for children. For more information or ticket reservations call (970) 726-5048 or visit http://www.grandtheatreco.com.


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