HALLOWELL — Open Book Players will open its 20th season with “Spooks, Spectres, and Spirits,” readers theatre adaptations of stories ghostly and ghastly appropriate for Halloween, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Johnson Hall Performing Art Center, 280 Water St.

The following stories will be shared:

“Of Tea and Time,” based upon the short story, “Mason’s Life,” by Kingsley Amis, where two strangers meet in a tea room and discover something very unusual and unbelievable about each other.

“The Open Window” by Saki where a very nervous Mr. Framton Nuttel goes to the country to get some rest, but his encounter with Vera, the 15-year-old, highly imaginative niece is anything but restful.

“The Circle” by Lewis Shiner where a group of friends and acquaintances share a love for reading and writing ghost stories, and find themselves in a frightening situation when one of their regular attendees is uninvited but sends a “story” for them to share nevertheless;

“The Path Through the Cemetery” by Leonard Q. Ross where Ivan, an easily frightened soldier, accepts the challenge given by his lieutenant to walk through the cemetery at night and leave some evidence that he was really there.


“The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs, a classic story with a simple, yet terrible, message — to be very careful what you wish for.

“The Reach,” adapted for readers theatre from the short story written by Stephen King, a story about death and dying and one Maine island woman’s end of life experience.

As is traditional with readers theatre and theatre of the “imagination,” cast members play multiple roles with very little use of costumes and props.

Cast members include Janet Mecca (Windsor), Andy Tolman (Readfield), Arthur Bourget, Kelsey Parker, Kathleen Brainerd, and Cheryl Clark (all from Gardiner), Rita Moran and Ginger Smith (both of Winthrop), Kathy Kauffman (Auburn), Bob Giroux (Belgrade), Cindy Turcotte (Bowdoin), Jay Barnett (Sidney), Ben Wilson (Sabattus), and Richard Bostwick (of Hallowell). Directed by Lucy Rioux artistic director of Open Book Players

Tickets cost $8 For adults or $5 for children. For tickets or more information, call 582-7144 or visit www.johnsonhall.org.

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