Ghosts and Grotesques
by Mary Adair Trumbly
Highlands-Cashiers Youth Theater will be staging “Ghosts & Grotesques” on the last week of February at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
The show, a collection of staged stories assembled by Youth Theater Director Megan Potts, is a collection of stories and poems infused with a touch of the unearthly. Though its emphasis is the eerie and the unexpected, there’s nothing that’s too frightening for the youngest members of the audience.
Ms. Potts will hold auditions for actors who’re in grades seven through high school in early January. Students from Highlands School, Blue Ridge School, Macon Middle School, Franklin High School and home schooling programs are invited to participate.
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The show marks the continuation of the PAC H-C Youth Theater program of educating young performers, stage assistants, and technicians.
In the past few years, its students have learned stage fighting techniques from a certified stunt coordinator (who also works on the television program “The Walking Dead” and in the film “The Fate of the Furious). Last year they tackled Shakespeare, offering scenes from “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The Youth Theater’s lessons have inspired its participants to go on to study Performing Arts and Technical Theater in college.
“Ghosts & Grotesques” will feature the tales of “The Highwayman,” “The Troll,” “Irish Folktales,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”