STAGE FRIGHTS: Mabel’s Curtain Call
One Trunk Theatre, together with Fête Jockey Productions and True North Sports and Entertainment present the first ever Stage Frights Haunted Basement.
Photo credit: Talia Potash
Co-created by Gwendolyn Collins, Jennie O’Keefe and Andraea Sartison together with Winnipeg’s top theatre creators and performed by a cast of over twenty, this production pays homage to true Winnipeg ghost stories.
Just over one century ago famed actor Mabel Hackney waved farewell to her adoring fans in Winnipeg and boarded the Empress of Ireland back home to England. Manitobans begged her to return soon, as the curtain fell on her final performance at the Burton Cummings Theatre. When the Empress went down in the St. Laurent Mabel’s body was never found, only a scrap of her nightdress remained- in the hands of her drowned lover. But Mabel did return- to haunt the theatre she once loved, and all of her terrors still lurk beneath the surface of the building, deep, deep in the basement- and this Halloween the horror is boiling over!
This October audiences will tip toe through the bowels of the Burt’s basement, winding their way from room to room. On route they encounter the theatre’s ghosts, whose morbid ends and shattered dreams lay bare for a terrified audience, especially the life of Mabel- as if it were flashing before her own eyes. Top Winnipeg actors embody the ghosts in the flesh. This is theatre up close and personal as you have never seen it before. An immersive experience that puts a wee theatrical twist on a traditional haunted house to deepen the terror by amping up the story and getting in your head. Will Mabel escape the basement and find peace once and for all? Will you?
Co-created by Gwendolyn Collins, Jennie O’Keefe and Andraea Sartison
Production Management by Brooklyne Alexander
Set Design by Ksenia Broda-Millian and Sean McMullen
Costume Design by Daina Leitold
Prop Design + by Joseph Abetria
Sound Design by jaymez
Lighting Design by Hugh Conacher
Stage Managed by Ntara Curry and Stephanie Porrior
Make up by Theresa Thompson