Halloween drama at WHS this weekend! Get your tickets now!

By on February 13, 2014

 

WHS presents, "Nevermore!" this Halloween weekend. The play tells the story of Edgar Allan Poe. Starring in the production are (left to right) Erik Homberger as Poe, Andrew Bechtel as Captain Nimrod, Sharon Christner as Annabel Lee, and Chad Barthe as  Captain Jeremiah Reynolds.

WHS presents, “Nevermore!” this Halloween weekend. The play tells the story of Edgar Allan Poe. Starring in the production are (left to right) Erik Homberger as Poe, Andrew Bechtel as Captain Nimrod, Sharon Christner as Annabel Lee, and Chad Barthe as Captain Jeremiah Reynolds.

Warwick High School’s Drama Department presents its fall play, “Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe, the Final Mystery” on Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov.2, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center. This drama/mystery is especially haunting during the Halloween season as it deals with macabre themes and masterful illusions.

The drama begins in September of 1847, as Edgar Allan Poe is reported to have boarded a steamer in Baltimore Harbor for an overnight voyage to New York City. He never arrived. Five days later, Poe is found delirious on a Baltimore street and dies soon thereafter. What transpired over those five missing days has remained forever a mystery &tstr; until now.

This imaginative play, utilizing the macabre stories and poems of one of America’s most celebrated writers, ponders what might have happened to him on the dreary nightmare voyage at the end of his life. Filled with masterful illusions and disappearances “Nevermore” keeps audiences on the edge of their seats from the opening to the end.

The script contains many references to Edgar Allan Poe’s poems and short stories while focusing on his internal struggles and spiritually consuming relationships. Come discover how Poe may have spent his last hours on earth.

“This is a challenging and fun role. It’s hard to play someone who is serene, but crazy,” said Homberger. “Poe does a lot of reciting The Raven (one of Poe’s most famous poems), while explaining his life. You see him slide into insanity. With the show’s setting and timeframe, lighting and sound (often of the Raven) play a role in providing an eerie atmosphere. The sub plot is really good versus evil,” and jokingly added, “Or, really, evil versus Sharon.”

According Sharon Christner, a senior who has been in several WHS productions and will portray Poe’s love interest, Annabel, this is one of her favorite and most challenging roles. Christner also plays the Narrator, providing the audience with true perspectives.

“It is a challenge to play a subtle character. She’s low key and kind of secretive and elusive,” said Christner. “It’s left a bit ambiguous – is she dead? Is she real? Did she die and come back? I am the person Poe loves, but his brain keeps re-inventing me as he becomes more and more crazy. I’m a spirit and my character is loving toward Poe but also shows strength and protection against his enemies.”

Chad Barthe, a junior, plays Captain Jeremiah Reynolds, an Arctic explorer and one of Poe’s best friends. He’s one of the only people that Poe can trust.

“He’s Poe’s only grasp on reality,” Barthe said. “I’ve always played over-the-top characters, the challenge of this role is having to play Reynolds as low key and calm.”

Amos Nimrod, played by junior Andrew Bechtel, is an older sea captain. Not much is known about him, except that throughout the play his role becomes darker and darker as Poe becomes crazier.

“This is my first role at Warwick,” said Bechtel, “and it’s fun and challenging playing someone who is a bit mysterious, and represents the evil force to Poe.”

So why did Director Dean Sobon choose this play?

“When I found out that the timing for us to present the play was Halloween weekend, it just seemed to fit,” said Sobon. “This play is a bit more obscure, a little sinister and darker, perhaps.”

Tickets for “Nevermore” can be purchased in the high school office during regular school hours, or in the Performing Arts Center lobby from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. this week. Tickets are also available at the door. Cost for tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults.

 

 

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