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Urban Legends Come to Life at FV Stage

October 17, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Community No Comments


The cast, from left, James Wood, Dianna Waller, Alexander Simmons, Phillip Godeck, Jen Archer and Chuck Simmons.

The cast, from left, James Wood, Dianna Waller, Alexander Simmons, Phillip Godeck, Jen Archer and Chuck Simmons.

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Forget about the treats… come for the tricks. This October 21, 22 and 28, the Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville, presents the premiere performance of Tales from the Fault Line: A Halloween Nightmare

Tales from the Fault Line is a one hour telling of eight delightfully macabre stories. If you like Edgar Allen Poe, Twilight Zone, or Night Gallery, you’ll love these spooky tales linked together by the tale of a young boy who gets horribly lost on his way to trick-or-treating.

The script and incidental music are written by local resident E. Karl Gallmeyer (Winsted). Karl is a writer, composer, and performer. Director of the Music Library for Music Theatre International, his compositions for the stage include several musicals and revues as well as a ballet and a children’s story, Santa’s Littlest Helper. In addition, he is a performer and arranger for Vinyl Vortex, a local band performing rock, funk and disco, The Rivertones, a close harmony quartet, as well as arranger and pianist for the Thomaston Jazz Orchestra and Organist for St. Joseph’s Church in Winsted.

Gallmeyer based his eight tales on urban legends. An urban legend is a form of modern folklore consisting of fictional stories, often with macabre elements, deeply rooted in local popular culture. You may have heard of popular urban legends such as: Walt Disney’s body cryogenically frozen, Bloody Mary in your mirror, and giant gators living in the sewers of New York.  Urban legends are rarely true, but they do reveal important truths about us — for example, our deepest, darkest fears.

The Stage Company production features a cast of 5 adults, 2 teens and a 10 year old boy. Featured are: Dianna Waller (Winsted), James Wood (Winsted), Jen Archer (Torrington), Phil Godeck (Windsor), Chuck Simmons (Canton), Alex Simmons (Canton), Matt Haller (Avon), and Teddy Alamar (Avon). Directed by Doreen Cohn (Simsbury), Technical Direction by Ken Jones (Canton), Assistant Director, Nora Goeler (Canton), Costume design, Cindy Braunlich (Simsbury), with set dressing and props by Sir Ivan’s Amusements.

This is the second time the stage company has worked with a local author, including last year’s “Trio of Short Plays” by Bloomfield playwright Geoffrey Craig.  “It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to work directly with the author,” explains director Doreen Cohn.  “There are always new insights into the characters, and especially with Tales, it’s wonderful having first hand knowledge in transferring the author’s vision to the Collinsville stage.”

Come see what our urban legends reveal about your fears.  Are you a believer or not?

Performances are on Friday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 28 with two performances per night, one at 8 pm and one at 10 pm.  Tales from the Fault Line is just over an hour long. Admission per performance is $13.00. Tickets can be purchased online in advance and at the door. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to each performance. For more information and to purchase tickets please see our website: www.fvstage.org. Parental guidance suggested.


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