Buies Creek, N.C.- Terror can be as tangible as the flickering of a “Gaslight.”
In this mystery-thriller of the same name, writer Patrick Hamilton turns an invention as innocent and harmless as a gaslight into an object of menace. The Campbell University Theatre Arts Department opens the spring season with “Gaslight,” Friday and Saturday, February 4-5, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-12, in Ellis Theatre of the Taylor Bott Rogers Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $3 for students, faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Seating is limited.
“Homes, buildings and streets were lit by gas for much of the 19th century before the development of electricity. The burning gas jets produced a sickly light, but it was an improvement over darkness for everyone but Hamilton’s heroine, Bella Manning, played by junior Kara Morrison, who is slowly being driven insane by the flickering light.
“Gaslight” is a really fun play,” said Bert Wallace, associate professor of theatre and director of the show. “If you’ve seen the 1944 film with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman, you’ll enjoy seeing the play. If you don’t know anything about the story, you’ll have a blast watching the mystery unfold. It’s a scary, suspenseful and creepily exciting show. It’s really a play for everybody.
“Gaslight” features freshman Jon Goforth and Kyla Edwards, sophomore Emily Tadlock and juniors Kara Morrison and Jon Cheney.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Campbell University Box Office at 910.893.1509 or visit www.sellingticket.com/campbell.