Backstage Readers

Reading from the beloved book 13 Alabama Ghosts & Jeffrey will be Bill Moss (left), Celeste Stapler, Sharon Glenn, Christopher K. Carter, Debbie Moss, Wesley H. Rorex, Jan Price, Mark Webb and Jane Kohl.

Looking for a spooktacular activity to get you into the Halloween spirit? The Whole Backstage Theatre will present spell-binding selections from 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by Alabama natives, Kathryn Tucker Wyndham and Margaret Gillis Figh.

The limited run of performances will be held in The Duff/McDaniel Black Box Theater on October 18-19 at 7 p.m. and a matinee on October 20 at 2 p.m. The black box theatre is the Whole Backstage Stage’s smaller performance hall with a limited audience capacity of 75. Seating will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. No tickets are required, however, a donation of $10 per person is suggested. Proceeds from the performances will serve as a benefit for the Dot Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Favorite ghost tales chosen for this occasion include: Death Lights in the Tower, The Face in the Courthouse Window, The Faithful Vigil at Carlisle Hall, Mobile’s Pipe Smoking Captain, The Crying Spirit at the Well, The Dancing Ghost of Grancer Harrison, Huntingdon College’s Red Lady, and The Unquiet Ghost of Gaineswood.

The ensemble of storytellers is made up by Jane Kohl, Wesley H. Rorex, Celeste Stapler, and Sharon Glenn of Guntersville; Miranda McCoy of Grant; Debbie Moss, Bill Moss, Jan Price, and Nicole Reyes of Albertville; Mark Webb of Scottsboro; Scott Harvey of Langston, and Christopher K. Carter of Huntsville. This production is the directorial debut for veteran WBS performer, Sharon Glenn. It is sponsored by Berry and Associates, LLC.

Many of these ghoulish tales were previously shared by Kathryn Tucker Windham herself during a spirited Halloween performance at the Whole Backstage Theatre in 1982. Mrs. Windham was a friend of the late Dot Moore, the Founding Mother of the Whole Backstage Theatre. In fact, both received honors from the Alabama State Council on the Arts at its annual awards gala in 2009. Moore was recognized that evening with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Windham received the Alabama Living Legend Award.

Dramatic readings from 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey are done by special permission from the Windham Foundation and in conjunction with Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration. For more information, contact the WBS Theatre’s office at 256-582-7469 or visit wholebackstage.com and visit facebook.com/wholebackstage.

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