Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre resurrects creepy Halloween play in October

Theatre company's two off-season outdoor productions also include a Christmas-themed play in December

"The Shadow Walk of Millbrook", part ghost walk and part theatre, is one of two off-season productions 4th Line Theatre is presenting in October and December, along with "The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale". Both productions take place outdoors in Millbrook. (Photo: Wayne Eardley / Brookside Studio)
"The Shadow Walk of Millbrook", part ghost walk and part theatre, is one of two off-season productions 4th Line Theatre is presenting in October and December, along with "The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale". Both productions take place outdoors in Millbrook. (Photo: Wayne Eardley / Brookside Studio)

Millbrook’s renowned outdoor theatre company 4th Line Theatre is staging two off-season plays in October and December, including a resurrection of The Shadow Walk of Millbrook from 2016.

Unlike the regular season plays, which are staged at Winslow Farm, both plays will take place on the streets and paths of Millbrook, requiring audience members to be able to actively participate.

The first of the two plays, The Shadow Walk of Millbrook, is a Halloween-themed play originally presented in October 2016. 4th Line’s first off-season play, it proved very popular, with all performances selling out weeks before the premiere.

Part ghost walk and part theatre, The Shadow Walk of Millbrook was written by Paul Braunstein and Monica Dottor and is directed by 4th Line Theatre’s managing artistic director Kim Blackwell. Featuring 16 performers — actors, aerialists, and dancers — in 21 scenes, the show takes its audience on a journey through Millbrook’s paranormal history in a unique walking tour that begins at the Old Millbrook School.

4th Line Theatre first presented "The Shadow Walk of Millbrook",  written by Paul Braunstein and Monica Dottor and directed by Kim Blackwell, in October 2016. All performances of the production sold out before the premiere. (Photo: Wayne Eardley / Brookside Studio)
4th Line Theatre first presented “The Shadow Walk of Millbrook”, written by Paul Braunstein and Monica Dottor and directed by Kim Blackwell, in October 2016. All performances of the production sold out before the premiere. (Photo: Wayne Eardley / Brookside Studio)

“The play that Paul and Monica have created is funny, compelling, and has genuinely creepy stories of Millbrook paranormal history and local ghosts,” Blackwell says. “I am excited to bring back this walking tour, starting at the Old Millbrook School and winding down through the streets and paths of Millbrook.”

As might be expected for a Halloween play, the production will run for 13 performances, with shows at 7 p.m. from Tuesday, October 16th to Sunday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 23rd to Friday, October 26th, and “spookier” performances at 9 p.m. on Friday, October 19th, Saturday, October 20th, and Friday, October 26th.

All performances will contain some startling and frightening scenes, so the show is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Featuring 16 performers in 21 scenes, "The Shadow Walk of Millbrook" takes its audience on a journey through Millbrook's paranormal history in a unique walking tour that begins at the Old Millbrook School.  (Photo: Wayne Eardley / Brookside Studio)
Featuring 16 performers in 21 scenes, “The Shadow Walk of Millbrook” takes its audience on a journey through Millbrook’s paranormal history in a unique walking tour that begins at the Old Millbrook School. (Photo: Wayne Eardley / Brookside Studio)

4th Line Theatre has also announced the world premiere of its first winter production, The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale by playwright Beverley Cooper. Also directed by Blackwell, this Christmas-themed play will feature more than 11 actors and musicians.

The play, which begins at St. Thomas Anglican Church at 16 Centre Street, tells the story of a mysterious woman who arrives in Millbrook on the night of the Christmas pageant. As audience members follow, a girl and her grandfather search the streets and shops of Millbrook to find out who the mysterious woman is and where she came from.

In December, 4th Line Theatre is also presenting the world premiere of "The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale" by playwight Beverley Cooper, best known for her play "Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott", which was a finalist for the 2009 Governor General's Literary Award. (Photo: Beverley Cooper)
In December, 4th Line Theatre is also presenting the world premiere of “The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale” by playwight Beverley Cooper, best known for her play “Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott”, which was a finalist for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award. (Photo: Beverley Cooper)

“We had such an amazing response from our audience last December when we did our reading that we knew we had something special,” Blackwell says. “This play is spin on a classic with unique elements only 4th Line could pull off. It’s a wonderful way to start the Christmas season with your family and friends.”

The Christmas production will run for six performances only, with shows at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th, Friday, December 7th, Saturday, December 8th, and Wednesday, December 12th to Friday, December 14th.

Tickets for either The Shadow Walk of Millbrook or The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale are $25 per person. Tickets are limited, as each performance can accommodate only 80 people.

As noted, both productions take place outdoors on the streets and paths of Millbrook, travelling up and down dark trails and uneven terrain for around one kilometre.

4th Line asks each patron to dress for the weather (each performance will go on regardless of the weather), wear appropriate footwear, and bring a flashlight with them to the performance.

Tickets and gift certificates are available by phone at 705-932-4445, online at 4thlinetheatre.on.ca, or in person at 4th Line Theatre’s Box Office at 4 Tupper Street in Millbrook.

4th Line Theatre is also looking for volunteers to help guide patrons during both off-season productions, and other duties such as assisting back stage. If you’re interested in getting involved (you get to see the show free of charge), contact Kate McGregor at kate@4thlinetheatre.on.ca for more information.

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