Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Youth

February 25, 2014

Funny ghost story on OA stage

The Oldenburg Academy Drama Club presents “The Canterville Ghost,” a comedic ghost story based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, Feb. 28 and March 1, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The plot is mysterious. According to director Therese Zins, “An average American family acquires an historic British manor house, Canterville Chase, complete with a ghost! Sir Simon, the sporting spirit, succeeds in making life miserable. Then the Americans strike back. Pam and Wendy, daughters of the new owners, attack the poor ghost with cans of hair spray and other pranks. Desperate to rid their home of the ghost, the family hires Madam Balaklava, a colorful psychic, to exorcise the ghost. Things don’t go as well as expected and Sir Simon enlists the aid of some ghostly friends.

“Life is hectic and fantastically funny around Canterville Chase until the real solution to the problem of the galloping ghost is discovered.”

Five students portray the Americans: Luke Wukusick as Mr. Horace Otis; Carly Wagers as Mrs. Lucy Otis; Gabrielle Mungcal as Mrs. Otis’ sister, Virginia Washington; and Jessie Kline and Colleen Dietz as the family’s teen daughters, Pam and Wendy.

Seven will appear onstage of ghosts: Nathan Hubert as Sir Simon; Jacob Fairfield as Martin the Maniac; Katie Ulrich as Lady Joan the Graveless; Elizabeth Miller as her sister, Lady Lily the Lifeless; Jacob Preston as Hector the Horrid; Chris Jarman as the Vampire Duchess; and Nathan Hurm as the Vampire Duke.

The part of psychic Madam Balaklava is played by Jeremy Kelnhofer.

Acting in British roles are Emily Cornett as Mrs. Umney, the housekeeper; Josie Wesseler as Jennie, the maid; Liam Mungcal as Weeds, the gardener; Claire McDaniel as Lady Canterville, the former owner of Canterville Chase; Tyler Wachsman as Lord Cecil, Lady Canterville’s nephew; Brian Ulrich as the town vicar, Augustus Dampier; Marie Hoog as his wife, Mrs. Dampier; Ashley Sedler as a townsperson, Mrs. Midwinter; and Caitlyn Bowling as her friend, Mrs. Musgrave.

Mary Brunsman, Oliver Jarman, Elliot Jarman, Mikaela Fangman and Chris Nurrenberg are volunteering on the backstage crew. The first four crew members plus parent Diana Brunsman and Katie Ulrich painted the intricate backdrop.

Tickets at $7 for adults and $5 for students will be available at the door.

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