M&M Productions and Ross Music Theatre’s annual Halloween production has become a tradition for many area theatergoers who appreciate a scary good time.
“For some people, the only time they come to see us is for our Halloween show,” said M&M/Ross director Mike Reinhart. “We do have a handful of people that call up every year and ask ‘when is the Halloween show this year?’ and they do have a good time.”
Running through Oct. 14 at Ross Music’s Center Stage Studio Theatre in Hobart, this year’s show is “Boo! 13 Scenes from Halloween.” As the title suggests, “Boo” is made up of a dozen short Halloween-themed skits, each running approximately five minutes long, and “Her Last Possession,” a half-hour plus tale.
All of the acts that make up “Boo” were penned by Texas-based author and playwright Pat Cook. This year marks M&M/Ross’ 18th annual Halloween production.
“Most of them have a funny twist but they’re all kind of creepy,” Reinhart said of “Boo.” “It’s just creepy enough to get you into the Halloween spirit, but most of it is comedy.”
For his production, Reinhart brought eight area actors on board to bring “Boo’s” 13 tales to the stage. The stage itself, he said, will also play a significant role in his show.
“This theater is a little more intimate and the audience gets involved because they’re right on top of the actors.”
Reinhart added “And creepy stuff, when it’s scary, is a little scarier when it’s up close like that. I think audiences will have a great time with that.”
Next up for M&M Productions and Ross Music Theatre is a production of the holiday favorite “Merry Christmas George Bailey,” scheduled to run at the Center Stage Studio Theatre Dec. 15.
Reinhart recommends “Boo” for audiences 10 years of age and older.