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Creepy pumpkins add a little art to an eerie Halloween scene. Courtesy of Haunted Overload.




Frightful Arts
For your Halloween art, theater, music

10/23/14
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 Halloween is on a Friday this year — a perfect excuse to celebrate without guilt with a show, concert, art exhibit or Halloween-themed workshop. You have a few choices.

 
• Rochester Opera House Productions performs The Addams Family Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester. Tickets are $24. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com. 
• York writer Michael Kimball’s Ghosts of Ocean House happens at the Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15; visit playersring.org, call 436-8123. The play is a psychological drama about a family who reluctantly inherits a haunted Victorian house. 
• Wild Salamander Arts Center (30 Ash St., Hollis) hosts a Zentangle Pumpkin class Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the center. It involves using the Zentangle method (like an organized doodle; visit zentangle.com for details) in creating a permanent Halloween design on an artificial pumpkin. The class is for ages 10 and older and costs $30. Visit wildsalamander.com, email info@wildsalamander.com, call 465-WILD.
• The Milford Area Players present their second weekend of performances for The Passion of Dracula Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Amato Center  for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for seniors, available online at milfordareaplayers.org and at the door. 
• Test out your skills during the Great, Gourd-eous Pumpkin Competition, a pumpkin decoration show in downtown Manchester Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Studio 550, 550 Elm St., Manchester. Cost is $5 to enter a pumpkin into the competition, plus the cost of a pumpkin, but sharpie markers, acrylic paint, basic carving knives and spoons will be supplied. Pumpkins should be picked up that same day. During the month of October, the Studio hosts Family Clay Workshops that involve making jack o’lanterns from clay Saturdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The class costs $30 for each child/parent pair. Call 232-5597 or visit 550arts.com.
• The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents a night of haunted improv at its location, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. It will be done alongside the film Night of the Living Dead (UR, 1968), performed by Robin Fowler, Brian Paul, Knate Higgins and Cullen Delangie. Tickets $5, seacoastrep.org, 433-4472. There will be commentary, there will be hilarity, but parental discretion is advised.
• On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Merrimack Repertory Theater (50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell) opens its doors for stage tours with a Halloween twist. Families and children can attend the Halloween Family Fun tour from 4 to 8 p.m., at which time kids can trick-or-treat around the theater, and see MRT’s backstage, costume work space, props storage and lighting space while collecting candy. Free face painting will be available at the lobby, and tickets are $10 per family. The Backstage Fright Tour happens Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31, beginning at 10 p.m., during which, every 10 minutes, tours begin onstage and progress from a typical backstage tour to a haunted trek through the “subterranean labyrinth” of the theater’s working spaces, meant for adults and teens; $20 per person. Visit mrt.org or call 978-654-4678.
• On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m., LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, hosts a Murder Mystery Dinner to benefit Front Door Agency, a transitional housing program for homeless mothers and their children. There will be a buffet dinner prepared by LaBelle, and a who-dunnit performed by BrickRoad Productions called Gangsters in Love. Tickets are $65 and include both dinner and show. Call 886-2866 or visit labellewinerynh.com.
• On Friday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., Piccola Opera makes its Concord debut at a Halloween Opera Ball at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, It will be an interactive event, with opera, waltzing, refreshments and a costume parade that ensures $100 for the best costume. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors/children. Learn more at piccolaoperanh.com.
• Theatre KAPOW presents the original horror Macbeth by Shakespeare  Friday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. and midnight, and Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., at Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit tkapow.com.
• The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, hosts the Boo-Doir of Horrors Halloween Spooktacular, performed by Lady Luck Burlesque Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. Visit seacoastrep.org.
• Goffstown High School presents Dracula by Stephen Hotchner on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the Craig Hieber Auditorium, 27 Wallace Road, Goffstown. Tickets are $7, $5 for children and seniors.
• The Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, is host to Dead Man’s Cell Phone this weekend, with shows Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 2, at 3 and 7 p.m.; Thurs., Nov. 6, at 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 7, at 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 8, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit playersring.org, call 436-8123.
 
As seen in the October 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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