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“Giving Up The Ghosts” has strong premier at New Vic Theatre

John Campbell
A&E Reporter

"Giving Up The Ghosts" promises to bring a comedic edge to the spooky Halloween season.

Halloween is right around the corner, and the New Vic Theatre is celebrating by hosting the world premiere of “Giving Up The Ghosts.”

“Giving Up The Ghosts” was written by Arnold Johnston, a professor at Western Michigan University, and Deborah Percy, a WMU Creative Writing program alumna.

The show stars Adam Ostrander as Ralph, who lives in a condominium on North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. His sister, Babs (Kim Dunham), drops in for an unexpected visit, and what happens next is an unpredictable ride involving their father and other occupants of the condo. The show also stars Deb Koppers as Margaret and Mickey Sykes as Margaret’s husband William.

“Giving Up The Ghosts” is set in Ralph’s condo around Halloween. The show starts in 1974, right after President Richard Nixon’s resignation from office. The years go by, but most scenes are set on or around Halloween.

The four-person show has some great acting, both in spooky moments and comedic moments. The comedic timing is really well done, and interactions between characters are extremely fluid.

While there is a lot of dialogue, the show does not get bogged down by the conversations. In fact, the dialogue produces much of the humor in the show.

The lighting in the show is very creative, including moments with electricity effects. The sound effects are awesome, giving off a feeling of eeriness.

The set for the show really looks like an entrance area to a condo- fairly minimalistic with a set of stairs and a door- but it works. The amount of props in the show is small, but each prop is there for a purpose.

“Giving Up The Ghosts” can be seen every Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 2. The Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 shows include an extra music show featuring local music director Brent Decker and other local and regional artists. Tickets are $25 and are available at the New Vic Theatre box office, by email at newvicinc@aol.com or by phone at 269-381-3328.

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    • Arnold Johnston
    • Dear John Campbell, Belated thanks from Debby and me for your lovely review of G”Giving Up the Ghosts.” We never knew that you were reviewing the show or we’d have thanked you sooner. We wish you all the best for the holidays and the New Year! Arnie Johnston

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