CALUMET - Although Christmas is usually the theme for the Calumet High School senior plays, this year, Director David Heinz wanted to switch it up a bit.
Thus "Twisted Tales of Horror" was born. A family-friendly "horror" comedy, CHS seniors play a range of characters, from Dr. Jekyll and Igor to Dracula and Frankenstein.
"These are all classic tales that go wrong in hilarious ways," Heinz said. "That's why it's a great family show. You're not going to see the scariness of Dracula or Frankenstein or werewolves; you're going to see their campiness."
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Igor, left, helps to tell the story of Frankenstein as Calumet High School seniors rehearse “Twisted Tales of Terror,”?the CHS senior play. “Twisted Tales of Terror” will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calumet Theatre.
The students take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calumet Theatre.
The play features two main characters: Claudia - who accuses Elvira of "stealing her style," according to Heinz - and Igor, her husband. Both narrate the stories and choose to interject when things start to go awry.
"Claudia's the master of stories," Heinz said. "She keeps and shares these horror stories."
After a first act filled with Frankenstein, Dracula and werewolves, Claudia opts in the second act to try and have happier endings for these stories.
"Claudia gets into the mix and stops things when she doesn't like where it's going, and decides to try and make things better," Heinz said. "She fixes Jekyll and Hyde."
The show then builds to a climax that will have audience members leaving with a smile on their face.
The cast includes students new to drama as well as veterans of CHS plays. That's made for a good mix, Heinz said.
"It's nice to see seniors that have never done things like this before," he said. "Then we've got veterans that we know will do well. It'll all come together, and it's going to be a crowd-pleaser."