One strange and dark year long ago, Halloween came early. It came on Oct. 24, three hours after midnight, to be precise. The exact same time that Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow show rolled into Green Town, Ill. As the town clock chimes 3:00, James Nightshade and William Halloway leave their beds to watch the train pull in, but there is no one manning the locomotive and no one in the cars behind. Yet the siren song of a calliope beckons all with impossible dreams and youth regained. First lured by its promises, the two boys will soon discover the diabolical truth about the carnival. Behind the Egyptian mirror mazes and the spooky cast of characters, including the Illustrated Man and deadly Mr. Dark, the cost of wishes can be the stuff of nightmares. Only Jim, Will and Will's father can save the town from the sinister carnival that threatens to destroy it and them. Adapting his own literary classic for the stage, Ray Bradbury weaves a classic tale of good and evil, perfectly capturing the wonder of youth and Octobers of skies orange and ash gray at twilight. For those who still dream and remember, the show is about to begin.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code S2B000
- Cast Size 8
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583429938
- "Bradbury's language is wonderful, the script is quirky - funny, scary, campy. Challenging but rewarding."
- Review by David Hanright, Thornton Academy, Saco, Maine
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Act one and Act two are quite different in terms of pace and scene changes. We did this play with conventional scenery but would recommend projected scenery for the fastest changes. "
- Tip by David Hanright, Thornton Academy, Saco, Maine
- "We did shadow tricks for the mirror maze accompanied by projections. Projections are an efficient and cost-effective way to set up much of the magic. We also hired an actual magician to help Mr. Dark make his business card appear out of thin air."
- Tip by Amy Roeder, Penobscot Theatre Company Dramatic Academy, Bangor, Maine
Media Reviews"A haunting and heartening piece." -The Guardian
"Has shades of Mark Twain, but also a touch of Stephen King. It is as if Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer had found themselves lost in a sinister fairground full of supernatural characters." -Daily Telegraph
"Perfectly pitched for audiences of 9 years old and upwards. The combination of humor and mild horror is excellent." -Sunday Herald