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Ghostlight holding auditions for Nutcracker Nightmare

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Ghostlight Ensemble will hold auditions for its production of Nutcracker Nightmare, part of our ongoing Gingerbread Grindhouse holiday horror series on, Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday 25 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Theater Momentum (1803 W Byron St #216, Chicago, IL 60613) .

Nutcracker Nightmare is a holiday tale of children, the toys they love and the toys that try to kill everyone they love. It's the perfect holiday entertainment.

Time Commitment:
Performance Dates: Friday, December 8; Saturday, December 9; Friday December 15 and Satuday, December 16 at 10:30 p.m. at the Greenhouse Theatre Center.

Material To Prepare:
Please prepare a 1-2 minute comic or serio-comic monologue and don't take yourself too seriously. Submit H/R to Jean at casting(at)ghostlightensemble.com, and she will be in touch to schedule an audition appointment.

Note: This a Non-Union, unpaid production.

A Live Reading of A League of Their Own

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The next installment in our ongoing live movie reading series has arrived.

Join us for There’s No Crying in Theatre: A League of Their Own Live Reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, at the Celtic Crown (2356 W Cullom Ave, Chicago, IL 60618).

We're celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the movie's release by jamming a baseball team's worth of actresses in a back room of a bar and performing some Grand Slam feats of entertainment.

Check out all the details, including cast, on the special events page here.

Friday's start time delayed for 'Six Characters'

The start time of Friday's performance of Six Characters in Search of an Author has been pushed to 8 p.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. The run time is an hour and a half with two short intermissions.

The remaining two performances will start at their regularly scheduled times: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.

Any questions, please call us at (773) 377-5342, or email us at info@ghostlightensemble.com.

Only 3 performances remain for Six Characters in Search of an Author

Photo by  Katie Jarecki

Photo by Katie Jarecki

Six Characters in Search of an Author closes Sunday and only three performances remain for you to catch this "assault on the conventions and clichés that have reduced the modern stage to a bourgeois diversion."

Join the actors and crew of a small, but scrappy Chicago storefront theatre as they begin rehearsals for The Mountain Giants — Pirandello's final, unfinished work — only to see their work halted by six strangers who show up with a fantastic tale of their own.

The finals performance are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Voice of the City studio in Logan Square.

Patrons may reserve their tickets in advance. Paying in advance guarantees you a seat. All others will be seated on a first come, first serve basis.

Probing what makes characters live on stage is the latest challenge for Pereira

Jason Pereira (rear, center), stars as The Son in Ghostlight Ensemble's production of  Six Characters in Search of an Author  through May 7.  (Photo by by Katie Jarecki)

Jason Pereira (rear, center), stars as The Son in Ghostlight Ensemble's production of Six Characters in Search of an Author through May 7. (Photo by by Katie Jarecki)

Exploring what makes fictitious characters come alive for audiences and readers was part of the draw and the challenge in actor Jason Pereira's latest role as The Son in Ghostlight Ensemble's production of Six Characters in Search of an Author.

"What challenged me is also the thing I love the most about the play as a whole, it really makes you think about the actual 'life' of a character," he said.

Read more about Jason and his work on Six Characters in Search of an Author in the Chicago Tribune.

Liked one of our shows? See them again for free!

Did you know that once you've seen a Ghostlight show, you can always come back and see it as many times as you want for free (as space permits). Just bring your program with you.

So come back to see Six Characters in Search of an Author again, and since you liked it so much, bring a friend or two with you when you come back. Make a night of it. There is plenty to do in Logan Square.

Our best advertising tool is you. If you liked the show, please tell your friends, post about it on social media, tell everyone you meet. People are much more likely to see a show based on a friend's recommendation than on something they read online.

Lastly, you can keep up with our goings-on by liking our Facebook page (GhostlighEnsemble) and following us on Twitter and Instagram (GhostlightETC).

Ana Dragovich as Madame Pace  (Photo by   Katie Jarecki  )

Ana Dragovich as Madame Pace

(Photo by Katie Jarecki)

Krampus! time is near: Save the date for our holiday show

Krampus!  rehearsals are underway. From left: Stefanie Johnsen, Chris Mueller, Jean E. Burr, Allison McCorkle and Chad Wise.

Krampus! rehearsals are underway. From left: Stefanie Johnsen, Chris Mueller, Jean E. Burr, Allison McCorkle and Chad Wise.

Ghostlight Ensemble brings Christmas to Halloween — and vice versa— as we present Krampus!, Jaclyn Jensen and Mike Wozniak’s new take on the classic holiday tale of switches and chains and devils who punish naughty children by stuffing them into baskets and dragging them to the fiery depths of hell.

Mrs. Murray is looking forward to one final Christmas together as a family before her eldest daughter takes off to New York City with her boyfriend. And what could be more perfect than spending the holiday with her bickering family in a remote cabin in the Wisconsin woods during a snowstorm with a Christmas demon on the loose? Nothing says Christmas like abject fear.

Krampus! will be performed on select Mondays and Tuesdays beginning October 31, at Underground Wonder Bar in River North. The holidays can't come soon enough — or be scary enough.
 
Directed by Maria Burnham, Krampus! stars Jean E. Burr, Sean Harklerode, Stefanie Johnsen, Allison McCorkle, Chris Mueller, John Rohr, Paul Tinsley, Michael Wagman and Chad Wise, with Fight Choreography by Alex Farrington.
 
The show takes place at Underground Wonder Bar (710 N. Clark St., Chicago 60654) at 7:30 p.m. on October 31, November 1, November 7-8, December 5-6 and December 12-13, 2016. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.