Celebrating Halloween: Theatrical Ghosts of the Gulf Coast


The Venice Theatre presents ‘Frankenstein’ this Halloween

It has been said that wherever there are theatres, you’ll find ghosts – and the theatres found here in Florida’s cultural capital are certainly no exception. In honor of Halloween, a spirited investigation seemed in order. Never fear though, it turns out Sarasota’s ghostly guests are just as friendly as its residents. The Ghosts of The Golden Apple Michael Saunders & Company agent, Kyle Turoff, served as managing director/owner of The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre for many years, where it seems there were enough ghosts to stage their own production. Kyle says many actors and stagehands experienced mysterious happenings there– including hearing a piano while no-one was around to play, a ghostly dog running up and down the aisles, and missing false eyelashes – believed to be taken by the ghost of a previous actress. “We brought in a group of paranormal activity experts, who found a lot of energy in the theatre, particularly around the costume shop”, says Turoff. As for why she thinks ghosts and theatres seem to go hand-in-hand, Kyle says “maybe they are drawn to the creativity and fun of the theatre; and long to be around the people here”.
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The Golden Apple Theatre recently closed it’s doors. It was the longest running dinner theatre in the country.

Getting Into The Halloween Spirit From the ghosts behind the curtains to a front row seat for this Halloween’s theatrical scares, The Venice Theatre’s acclaimed production of Frankenstein, as envisioned by playwright Bo List, is sure to send chills down your spine. Not recommended for children, the play captures the spirit of the original novel written by Mary Shelley in 1818. Laurie Colton, the theatre’s director of marketing, says “this adaptation definitely does not resemble the many comic versions of Frankenstein we have become accustomed to”. The play runs through Sunday, October 27, so there’s still time to immerse yourself in the haunting drama – ticket information can be found at www.venicestage.com.
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Jeremy Guerrero as Victor Frankenstein, Steve O’Dea as the Creature.

For the younger spirits among us, The Venice Theatre also presents “Chilling Tales”, featuring storyteller Gladys Varga, who this October 26th will recount tales of ghosts and goblins past suitable for all the family. More information can be found on The Venice Theatre website. If you’d like to delve further into the haunted theatre’s in our area, author and journalist Kim Cool has written a book on the subject. “Haunted Theatres of Southwest Florida” can be purchased on Amazon. Whether you’re trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, watching scary movies or attending a costume party, have a fun, safe and happy Halloween. Let us know your plans in the comments!

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