Get Ready for Halloween with Gravestone Manor
Screams echo through darkened hallways. Around every corner, in the shadows, there is the possibility of some horror expecting you, waiting for you to pass for it to reveal itself. You make your way from room-to-room, not knowing what to expect, as you follow your guide through a string of nightmares. Welcome to Gravestone Manor’s fifteenth show, “Nightfall.”
In “Nightfall,” the Gravestone Manor takes its audience into the realm of dreams, led by a character named Ripley, who is your guide through the house’s labyrinthine structure. As with every one of Gravestone Manor’s shows, “Nightfall” is more than the standard haunted house: It is also a play, with characters and a plotline, made more interactive by immersing the audience in it. The Gravestone Manor changes from year-to-year and show-to-show, and this year is no exception. However, this year’s concept is more abstract, as there is no clear antagonist. There are forces at work which are hard to understand and as difficult to grasp as a dream itself.
While “scary” is subjective, Gravestone Manor offers entertainment appropriate to the season, and its theatrical nature ensures that its audiences will be entertained. It is also an opportunity for people to give back to the community, since all of its proceeds to go the United Way of Wyoming Valley. Gravestone Manor, with its tagline “A good scare for a good cause,” is one of the biggest fundraisers for the United Way, which aims to “address human service needs that make a lasting impact on the lives of our most vulnerable citizens with the goal of improving quality of life for all.” The cast and crew is comprised entirely of volunteers, including many King’s students.
Gravestone Manor began its run on Friday, Sept. 28, and is open on weekends in October. It is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.