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Halloween-themed theater performances coming to Jonesborough, Johnson City

Johnson City Press • Oct 14, 2019 at 8:10 AM

Fans of Halloween-themed theater are in for a treat this month, as both the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre and the Johnson City Community Theatre are bringing classic Halloween stories to their respective stages.

Starting on Thursday, the JRT will be debuting “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” while the JCCT will be bringing “Rocky Horror Show” to their stage.

“This show is perfect for families,” said “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” director Janette Gaines in a press release. “It has just the right amount of suspense and scariness without overdoing it.”

And with the JRT located in Tennessee’s oldest town — it makes for the perfect place to host a spooky, seasonal performance.

“Seeing this show is the best way to bring in the fall,” Melissa Nipper, who portrays Dame Van Tassel said in a press release. “Especially here in Jonesborough. We’re in Tennessee’s oldest town that was established in colonial days. And this story is from that time period.”

And, two centuries later, the “fill in the blank” conclusion still has people speculating.

“There are interesting characters and a lot of humor in this story,” Gaines remarked in the release. “But the kicker that I believe keeps people coming back is that you don’t really know the ending.”

This production is written by Mary and Andrew Arnault, directed by Janette Gaines, and music directed by Shawn Hale. The JRT appreciates the show sponsors: Joe Grandy and Sonia King/Mary B. Martin. Rounding out the cast are Tim Barto, Annika Beatty, Larry Bunton, Dana Kehs, Charles Landry, Richard Lura, Nathan Marooney, Sarah Nipper, Carter Pattison, Ella Pattison, Kellie Reeves, Brooklynn Shelton, Sharon Squibb and Kari Tuthill.

Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 general admission, $15 for students and seniors. There is also a special group rate for parties of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or go online to www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.

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The JCCT, meanwhile, will be performing the “Rocky Horror Show,” a classic tale that gets audiences more involved in the performance than a typical theater performance.

There are, however, some ground rules for the JCCT’s performance.

Goody bags can be purchased at the door. For the safety of the actors and other audience members, food props (hot dogs, toast, and rice, etc.), water pistols, and open flames are not permitted. You can, however, say the relevant audience participation lines to the cast. Other rules and guidelines will be gone over prior to each performance.

Due to JCCT being one of the only Thrust stage spaces in the state, they have the unique ability to do something unique. For each of their performances, they’ll be offering two seats on stage.

The cast will move you around and make you become part of the action of the show, giving you the best and most interactive seat of the show. These seats come with your goody bag and special VIP Parking.

The production opens at Johnson City Community Theatre Thursday, Oct. 17, and continues for three weekends through Saturday, Nov. 2. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. There will be one midnight performance on Saturday, October 26. Due to strong sexual themes, parental discretion is advised. Anyone 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

General Admission tickets for The Rocky Horror Show are $20. VIP tickets are $25, and there are 2 available per show. Student, senior, and military discounts are available. Additional fees may apply. Tickets are available to the public at www.jccommunitytheatre.org.

Goody bags are $5 each, they include a Johnson City Community Theatre flashlight, noisemaker, newspaper, toilet paper, party hat, playing cards and confetti. All this will be handed to you in a Johnson City Community Theatre bag.

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