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Hawthorne?s Haunting Classic Comes Alive – Hawthorne?s Haunting Classic Comes Alive
(Derry, NH) ? The Music and Drama Company will bring to life Nathaniel Hawthorne?s classic novel, The House of the Seven Gables, which tells of mysterious deaths, hidden documents, ghosts of those long dead and lovers from opposite sides of a centuries-old curse surround a secret holding the key to a family's salvation.
David Preece?s adaptation of The House of the Seven Gables remains true to Hawthorne's novel of haunting tragedy and romance. In this dark, Gothic love story, Hawthorne expresses the belief that new hope and promise can supersede the grim despair of the past.
D. Seth Abbott will direct this haunting play for the award winning Music and Drama Company, now celebrating their 25th Season. Playwright David Preece, who is based in New Hampshire, has seen his plays performed throughout the country. In 2007, his play about Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Tender, won the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Outstanding New Play by a Professional Theatre and was nominated for Best Play by the LA Critics and his play, Charles Dickens? Ghost Stories won seven 2008 New Hampshire Theatre Awards, including Best Play. The award-winning set designer Jim Webber will make the famous house come alive on stage.
The play will have its New England premiere on October 23, 24, and 25 2008 at 8:00 PM at Adams Memorial Opera House, 29 West Broadway in Derry, New Hampshire. Tickets are available by calling 432-5578 Ext. 3 or before each performance.
The House of the Seven Gables is the perfect entertainment for the Halloween season!
Wicked Fun! – Taking a guided tour of the house of the seven gables is a lot of fun, especailly if you are with a good group of folks taking the tour as well.. the guide is in costume, takes you through each room and tells the story made famous by Nathanial Hawthorne. I would deffinately reccomend taking a tour if you're in the Salem area. (and, as a side note, going to Salem right around Halloween time is when you will get the most out of the expierience!)
Tourists come from far and wide to check out this historically significant, and spooky, house. – In Short
Nathaniel Hawthorne spent a lot of time in this 1688 house, which was owned by his second cousin, Susannah Ingersoll. A guilt-ridden descendant of a witch-trial judge, Hawthorne appropriated the house as a gloomy symbol of a dark past. This moral murk comes clear in the tour of the house and the modest home in Salem where Hawthorne was born, which has been moved to the same site.
Not a good value – Perhaps a tour of the House of Seven Gables is worth doing if a) you've read the book; b) you have a good tour guide; c) you don't have better things to do with your money. The tour guide we had was not at all interesting, nor did he seem interested in telling the group much about the house, Hawthorne, or the book. The house is not self-explanatory, so unless you've read the book and can use your imagination, or you're positive you have a good tour guide, or you know a lot about period architecture and furnishings, don't waste your money.
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