© GUARDIAN PHOTO BY SALLY COLE
Performers take a break during their rehearsals for Halloween Xperience 3: The Final Epitaph. From back left are Frank Jr. 2 (Eden Boudreau), Frank (Ian Byrne) and Frank Jr. 1 (Stevie Boudreau). Kneeling is Wolf Man (Paul Hopkins). The show features 20 performers and plays Oct. 18-19 at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown.
Halloween Xperience 3: The Final Epitaph returns to the Kings Playhouse, Oct. 18-19
For the past two years, theatre-goers of all ages have been creeping to the Kings Playhouse every October for Halloween Xperience 1 and 2.
At these annual fright nights, they’ve been following the antics of characters such as Wolf Man, Wolf Woman, Dracula, Waduzza and the Three Witches. And while the local actors are excited to bring the final chapter in the trilogy to the stage later this month and ramp up the fear factor one last time, they are a little sad to say good-bye to their spooky alter-egos.
Paul Hopkins, who has had a great run with his character, is looking forward once again to painting his face, darkening his eyes and pulling on a furry costume to make the transition from human to wolf man when Halloween Xperience 3: The Final Epitaph hits the boards Oct. 18-19 in Georgetown.
“Besides dressing up, I enjoy singing and dancing and performing with all the kids on stage. It’s going to be our last show, so I’m definitely going to make the most of it,” says Hopkins, who had an unexpected wardrobe challenge this year.
“This year, the outfit didn’t fit because I had gained some weight. So we made a few adjustments,” says the Montague-based actor, with a laugh.
Another actor who has been part of the musical’s cast from the beginning is Claudette Anderson. After whitening her face and donning a witch’s hat and cape for the last two seasons, the show has become somewhat of a tradition for her.
“It’s been an amazing experience. The best part is meeting people. Every year the cast changes and the young people that come in are so amazing, so full of life.
“So it’s going to be a little sad for me when the show is over. But, this is a great way to capture ... and end it,” says the St. Peters resident, who plays Witch 3.
The musical revue follows the trials and tribulations of Wolf Man, Wolf Woman, Frank, Fancy, Dracula, Waduzza, the Three Witches and the Captain, who meet at a zombie reunion each year on Halloween.
This year’s show chronicles their final night together, says writer/director Jonah Anderson.
“At this point in the trilogy, most of the character have become couples except for the lovelorn Captain, who is left behind. He opens the show by singing, Somebody to Love.
“Although the other characters realize that this is their final night (to spend together), they become distracted by the Captain’s search for love. So, from the very beginning, they agree to help him find his soul mate.
“Audience members will also find out about the spell that was cast that has brought these monsters back each year,” says Jonah.
Besides the characters, the show is filled with memorable songs, including Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Thriller, That’s Amore and the Saturday Song.
“The lyrics have been adapted for the season,” says Jonah, who is amazed at how popular the annual Halloween show has become.
“Looking back, I didn’t know whether we would make it through the first year,” he says.
But when the first show was a success, Jonah felt he had to continue.
“The characters were so much fun. We had such a good time with them so I started getting new ideas. So I wrote the second show, Halloween Xperience 2: Flashback.”
Will there be another sequel?
“Unfortunately, no. My characters have run the gamut. I like them but I’m not willing to write more for them. That’s why we’re calling this show the Final Epitaph.”
If you are going
What: Halloween Experience 3:The Final Epitaph.
When: Oct. 18-19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kings Playhouse, Georgetown.
For tickets and information, call 652-2053 or toll free, 1-888-346-5666.