The Illinois Valley Community College theatre department’s fall production of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.
“Something Wicked” is adapted from Ray Bradbury’s short story and Bradbury himself wrote this stage adaption, according to a press release.
The Depression-era tale follows two boys and Midwestern townspeople as they are lured by impossible dreams to ‘Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show,’ a mysterious carnival with dark secrets. With dreams of regaining lost youth, beauty, and promises, they discover the cost of wishes can be the stuff of nightmares.
The cast includes Chad Brokaw, of Princeton, as Lightning Rod Salesman; Adam Paden, of Peru, as Will Halloway; Patrick Foley, of Mendota, as Jim Nightshade; Steve Seaborn, of Peru, as Mr. Halloway; Griffin Tabor, of Oglesby, as the Policeman; John Megow, of Dana, as Crosetti; Jake Jakielski, of Marseilles, as Mr. Dark; Tricia Kelly, of Oglesby, as the older Miss Foley; Ashley Hurst, of Peru, as Mrs. Halloway; Sarah Hunter, of La Moille, as Jim’s Mom; Alexis Trammel, of Ottawa, as Young Miss Foley/Ice Woman; Erik Aguilar, of Mendota, as Cooger/Electrico; and Summer Hoagland-Abernathy, of Ottawa, as Dust Witch and Denise Weik, of Tonica, as Mrs. Tetly.
Townspeople and Circus Freaks are played by Jessica Filbeck, of Ladd, Ella Johns, of La Salle, Téa Lamboley, of Tonica, Kyle May, of Spring Valley, Olivia Heinzeroth, of La Moille, as well as Brokaw, Tabor, Megow, Hurst, Hunter, Aguilar and Weik.
“This show is perfect for the Halloween season; it’s dark and sinister and our student and community actors get the chance to really flex their acting abilities,” said show director Don Grant Zellmer in a press statement.
“In addition to great acting, spectators will see impressive lighting and effects,” he added. “This is the first production in the newly-completed Dr. Weeg Cultural Centre and we can’t wait to show it off to everyone.”
Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to show time and are $15 or $10 for children 12 years and under. IVCC students and employees get in free with ID.