by Shannon J. Reilly | World Premier
When real estate agent Benny Dempsey stumbles across Beckford Manor just outside Salem Massachusetts, he immediately sees a financial investment worth millions. This large Victorian mansion that has been unoccupied since the 1970s would be an ideal haunted attraction for ghost hunters that flock to Salem in search of a macabre experience. Benny convinces his half-brother, Henry Valentine, and his wife Elizabeth to buy the home and run it as a haunted bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, the only ghost residing inside Beckford Manor is of a lonely librarian named Wilbur Nash and he wants nothing to do with the plan to promote him as a morbid curiosity. Elizabeth is the only person who can see Wilbur and the two become immediate friends. So when Benny decides to tear the house down and sell off the land, Elizabeth has to scramble to save Wilbur from an uncertain fate. This funny and sweet story is an uncommon romantic comedy in the vein of Harvey.
Shannon J. Reilly
Wilbur Nash – DEVAN R. GARCIA
Benny Dempsey – TED SHONKA
Henry Valentine – KELLY RIPPEL
Elizabeth Valentine – AMBER DICKINSON
Nathan Hodges – BRUCE SMITH
Madame Zolga – ALEXANDRA REILLY
Doris Swanson / Ginny Beckham – SHERI RIPPEL
Layton Fink – DAVID CRAWFORD
Lawrence Albright – DAVID TIMPANY
Thank you to all who auditioned. It was a remarkable weekend with a terrific turnout for our production. We will begin with a full company read-thru on Wednesday evening, April 26 at 7:00 PM. Please remember to call Chelle at 357-5213 or email her at Chelle@topekacivictheatre.com if you accept your role.