The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 25, 2013

Halloween events set throughout region

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Whether you’re looking for tricks or treats, Beckley’s got you covered this Halloween.

Beckley Art Group will usher in the Halloween season today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery, located at 600 Johnstown Road.

The gallery will be decorated with art designs and crafts and Halloween stories will be told. Members of the Writers Group and other guests will tell Edgar Allen Poe tales, as well as some original stories.

Presenters include Miles Dean, Naomi Williams, Mark McGraw, Ama Milano, Timothy Huguenin and Anna Gray.

On Saturday at the gallery, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stephanie Todd and members of the Beckley Camera Club will provide free portraits for children in costume who visit the gallery.

“The Art of Hallow’s Eve” will be on display through Nov. 1. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Extended Halloween hours will be noon to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 304-253-9226.

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Tamarack’s Sunday@Two is getting a Halloween makeover this week, featuring the No Pants Players’ Halloween Scaretacular.

No Pants Players, West Virginia’s only improv comedy troupe, will host a free, all-ages show at the Tamarack Gov. Hulett C. Smith Theater, starting at 2 p.m. Oct. 27.

Tony Slack, manager and troupe comedian for eight years, said the No Pants Players are much like the television comedy “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Their skits are never rehearsed — “daringly original and occasionally funny.”

“It’s not scary, but it is Halloween-themed. This is an all ages show,” Slack explained.

“We take suggestions from the audience and encourage lots of audience participation.”

He said there are plenty of comedy clubs in the state, but don’t miss out of seeing the only improv comedy team in the state perform live at Tamarack.

Tickets are free, but required due to limited seating. Tickets are available at the information desk after 10 a.m. the morning of the performance.

For more information, call Tamarack at 304-256-6843 or the No Pants Players at 681-404-0677.

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Today the Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre will open its sixth show, a 1940s play called “Sorry, Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher.

This play is a mystery thriller and tells the tale of a neurotic invalid whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. One night because of a crossed wire, Mrs. Stevenson hears the plans for a murder.

A film of the same title was made in 1948 with Barbara Stanwick starring as Mrs. Stevenson.

The Raleigh’s production was directed by George Bickey and Olivia Merritt will star as Beckley’s Mrs. Stevenson.

Showings are tonight, Oct. 26, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.

Advance tickets are available for $8, or on the night of the show for $10.

When you purchase your ticket for “Sorry, Wrong Number,” the ticket also includes admission for a screening of “Night of the Living Dead” or “The Shining.”

“The Shining” will be shown tonight, Oct. 25 and 26 at 9:30 p.m.

“The Night of the Living Dead” will be shown Oct. 29 at 11:15 p.m., Oct. 30 and 31 at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, call 304-763-7059 or visit

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