Something spooky is headed to Rincon to creep out socially-distanced theatergoers.
A new production of "Cries in the Night" is coming to The Hive Repertory Theatre this weekend, offering scary, paranormal fun just in time for Halloween. It’s a fright fest tackling heavy topics and featuring adult language, which is why parental supervision is advised for those who dare to attend.
"Cries in the Night" is a work of Dramatic Publishing, which Hive Theatre co-founder and managing director Lisa Wood says is one of her favorite play publication companies.
"This show is going to be highly entertaining and extremely creepy," Wood shared. "At the same time, the author touches on some super important topics like childhood trauma."
The play follows the story of Vickie and Neal, a couple who are starting over again after the death of their 5-year-old son, Bobby, whom they lost in a drowning accident. After moving to a new town and a new home, they are working to rebuild their lives, until one night, when Vickie begins hearing a child crying in the darkness.
Could she be having another nervous breakdown? Or is their son Bobby trying to reach them? What the couple eventually discovers might be something even more terrifying.
"This play has some magnificent and spine-tingling dialogue and has been amazing for our cast to sink their acting teeth into," Wood added.
The production features a few of the theater’s longtime actors Tony Castellano, Necol Ronda, and Garrett McNamee - who will be playing major parts in this show.
"Cries in the Night" also features the company’s smallest longtime actor, Gabby Perry, who will play a young ghost. Wood says they are also excited to welcome two of the theater’s newest performers, Arianna Prough and Victoria McNamee.
It’s just one of a handful of productions the new theater has put on that takes on a creepy atmosphere, deviating from much of the dinner theater and children’s theater The Hive has become known for in the area.
"This is our first truly scary show," Wood added. "Last Halloween, we did a less scary version of ’Sleepy Hollow.’"
The Hive Repertory Theatre opened last year, bringing a welcome mix of children’s plays, drama classes, and adult productions to Effingham County.
Now in their second year, Wood and her team are having to find new ways to keep audiences engaged, while keeping them safe, in a year that has been unlike any other in recent memory for theater production.
Wood says COVID has changed everything for the theater, which now features smaller audiences as staff remain vigilant with sanitizing and safety procedures.
"That said, now is probably one of the most important times for people to have access to opportunities like this: chances to perform and view theater alike," Wood shared.
"We are able to provide both an emotional outlet and a minor sense of normalcy to our actors and audiences."
Despite an unprecedented year, The Hive has more productions in the works, with ’Alice in Wonderland’ scheduled for November 20-22, and a play version of ’The Nutcracker’ planned for December.
Due to the COVID outbreak, tickets are being sold online, with limited seating available for each show. Theater staff say seats are going fast, so be sure to reserve a ticket before they are gone.