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‘The Turn of the Screw’ continues to scare through Halloween night

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts opened its 2011-2012 theater season Oct. 15 with Jeffry Hatcher’s adaptation of Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw,” and the play continues Oct. 28-31.

“The Turn of the Screw,” a Victorian ghost story, contrives a young Governess who is employed to take care of two small children. As the play unfolds, she slowly learns terrible secrets about the former Governess, the former Master’s valet and their relationship to the children.

The play stars only two actors: Laura Moore as the Governess, and Tim Moore, who plays several characters including the narrator, the uncle of two orphans, Bly’s housekeeper, Mrs. Gross and 10-year-old Miles.

Double meanings are scattered throughout the play and the audience must unravel clues as to what is really happening. Does the Governess really see ghosts or is she going insane? Are the children innocent victims, or are they plotting to destroy the Governess? What dark secrets are the characters withholding from each other? These are just a few of the questions sparked that will keep the audience members on the edge of their seats.

“It is a very exciting play to work on, because every time I read it, I see something I didn’t see before. The subtext in the play is very deep,” notes Tim Moore, artistic director for the producing Thingamajig Theatre Company. “There are a lot of Victorian English issues that are present in the play such as repressed sexuality, class warfare, and of course ghosts! Be prepared to be surprised and shocked.”

Ticket prices are $15 with advanced reservation or $20 at the door. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. A special Halloween night performance begins at 8 p.m.

Reservations can be made by visiting www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW.

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