Laugh and scream during Nightmares and Swizzle Sticks


John Hauser and Clarissa McNamara rehearse for the ASU comedy, "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls."

Scary and funny, two one-acts open in time for Halloween. The Adams State University Theatre Program's production "Nightmares and Swizzle Sticks" opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Xperimental Theatre and continues nightly through Saturday, October 27.

The past will be stirred, not shaken – Nightmares and Swizzle Sticks features "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls" by Christopher Durang and directed by Kris Barbier. "The Margins" is directed by Matthew Wesley. Barbier chose the play because it is very funny and Durang is one of her favorite authors. "I am a fan of comedy." Wesley, a fan of horror, said he chose "The Margins" because he wanted to take a risk. "This is a very chilling play and I want the audience to be scared. It is fun to be scared."

The directing experience for the two theatre majors was an enjoyable experience. Barbier said: "I loved it." Wesley agreed, "I had a great time working with my cast."

Shawnie Abbott prepares to stab Mason Scott Miller during  "The Margins."

After graduation, in May, Barbier said she plans on becoming a personal trainer; she is double majoring in theatre and human performance and physical education. Wesley said his future plans include joining an improve group. Both have appreciated the experience at Adams State. Barbier said: "There are so many opportunities in the theatre program, from acting to technical. It is a great program." Wesley said: "I have learned so much about theatre in my time here. It is amazing to see how a production comes together."

To reserve tickets for Nightmares and Swizzle Sticks, call 719-587- 8499.