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Ten Bucks Theatre heads outdoors to present ‘Scary Stories’

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BREWER – Something wicked this way comes … to Brewer this weekend, courtesy of one local theatre company.

Ten Bucks Theatre Company will present “Scary Stories,” a staged reading of classic stories and poems aimed at celebrating this spookiest of seasons. The event will take place at TBT’s outdoor home at Indian Trail Park in Brewer; performances will take place on Oct. 16 and 17, with two readings on each date – one at 1 p.m. and one at 4 p.m. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted (and appreciated).

It was a pivot for the group, according to TBT’s Julie Lisnet.

“Ten Bucks wanted to produce a fall show as we normally do,” she said via email. “But between the uptick in Covid and members’ incredibly busy work schedules we couldn’t make a full production happen.”

This led to the idea of perhaps doing a staged reading, something that allowed for a little more flexibility with regard to time and availability. And what better for October than some scary tales? 

“Instead of doing nothing, we opted for an outdoor reading of scary stories and poems in honor of fall and the Halloween season,” said Lisnet. “Last year at this time. we produced our first autumn outdoor show in one of the spaces we use for our annual Shakespeare Under the Stars summer production. ‘Spoon River Anthology’ was quite popular and we fell in love with Indian Trail Park’s autumnal magic.”

As for the selection process of stories, well – Ten Bucks had a bit of an expert on their side.

“Ben Layman, a true horror aficionado, Deanna Rice and I all chose our favorite scary story as the 3 main anchors to the roughly hour-and-20-minute show,” Lisnet said. “We then each contributed favorite poetry and researched other pieces to reflect the mood we wanted to evoke.”

After that, it was just a matter of finding some folks to help with the reading. Happily, Ten Bucks had plenty from which to choose. 

“We gathered folks from within TBT and actor friends from outside the troupe,” she said. “We’ve met several times both indoors and out and have had a lot of fun getting our creepy on.”

It’s worth noting that this show, while free to the public, could be a bit much for younger audiences. As such, the group is recommending the performance only for those 12 and older.

Sounds like a pretty good way to celebrate the autumn, doesn’t it?

“Bring your own chairs and/or blankets, something to eat and drink, and enjoy a gorgeous Maine fall afternoon with Ten Bucks Theatre,” said Lisnet.

(For more information about “Scary Stories” or Ten Bucks Theatre, you can check out their website at or visit their Facebook page.)

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