Saturday, October 20 – 2:00 & 7:00pm
Sunday, October 21 – 2:00pm & 4:30pm
ADDED SHOW – Sunday, October 21 – 8:00pm
October 16 – 19 at 10:00 & 11:45am
By Sara Turner and Jeremy Kisling. Adapted from the graphic novels by Sara Turner.
A Learning Stage Series Production
Chopper Sweeney never really believed in ghosts…until one started believing in him. Chopper and his friends, Hank and Glory, set off to solve the case of Simon Stillwater, but what starts as a small town adventure quickly turns into a standoff with the supernatural. Adapted by LCT’s Jeremy Kisling and author of the graphic novels and co-founder of Cricket Press Sara Turner, this locally grown ghost story will have all of Pineville on pins and needles.
Best enjoyed by ages 7 and up
Best enjoyed by 2nd grade and up
Performed on the LCT Learning Stage
You’ll like this play if you like stories about: friendship, local authors, mysteries, spooky stories
Approximately 45 minutes long.
Discover more with a talk back with the show’s creative team!
Things to Know Before You Go
About the Learning Stage Series
The Learning Stage Series debuted in our 2016 – 2017 season as a way to give more performance opportunities to young artists. Productions take place in our Learning Stage, a small 105 seat theatre on our second floor. Seating is stadium-style in a black box type setting where the actors are close to the audience. Tickets are sold general admission, so there is no assigned seating.
About your trip to the theatre
Be sure to arrive early to find a place to park – options include metered parking surrounding the theatre and the parking garage on the corner of Broadway and Short Street. LCT unfortunately cannot validate garage parking.
To offset the heat generated by stage lighting, the Learning Stage theatre can get pretty cold. It’s a good idea to bring a sweater with you! Because of the way the Learning Stage seating is set up, our seats do not have a back. If anyone attending needs a seat with a back rest, plan to arrive early to get a seat by the back wall of the theatre or let us know so we can reserve a seat for you.
It’s also a good idea to bring some cash. You might need to pay for parking, and we will have books and LCT merchandise for sale in the lobby if you want to buy something before or after the show. If you forget your cash, though, no worries! Both the box office and the retail store accept credit and debit cards.
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About The Ghosts of Pineville
The Ghosts of Pineville is a ghost story, and as such, there are spooky elements, an eerie atmosphere, and tropes that are common to the thriller genre. At several points throughout the play, there are spooky sounds such as thunder rumbling, wind whistling, and loud booms.
At two points during the play, characters are controlled by benign ghosts. Additionally, our main characters communicate with a ghost using a Ouija board, and one character uses a supernatural book to attempt a spell. The Shadow, the evil ghost, is a tall, hooded character that adds the scare to our story!
Prior to the start of the play, Chopper and Doris’ dad has passed away, and JT and Glory’s mom has passed away. Because of this, these characters are interested in meeting ghosts with the hope of seeing their parents again.
There is a scene with bullying; our central crew encounters the Populars, who give them a hard time for their interest in the supernatural and break a piece of their equipment.
The life of a ghost hunter has many ups and downs. As such, our crew find themselves in an argument and Glory punches Chopper out of anger, but they soon make up. Two characters also share a kiss while hunting ghosts.
Towards the end of the play, there is a scene where ghosts are released throughout Pineville – this is probably the spookiest moment of the play – there are moans, thunder, and flashing lights.
This play is a great way to spark conversations about loss and how we deal with it. Chopper and Doris both would do anything to see their dad again, but learn to rely on friends and family for support instead of the supernatural. This play is also a great conversation starter about local history and legends – does your hometown have any ghost stories or local legends? How did they get started?
We love this story because it is all about family and friendship! Chopper, Hank, and Glory, along with their siblings, not only work together to fight a supernatural entity, but help each other through big emotional issues like the loss of a parent. The Ghosts of Pineville is also about what makes where you live a “hometown” – it’s not the buildings or the scenery, but the friends and family that make where you live your home.