"The Haunting of Hill House" Begins Oct. 19 at LSC-North Harris

With Halloween around the corner, The Lone Star College-North Harris Theatre Department plans to treat the community to a production of “The Haunting of Hill House” beginning with an 8 p.m. performance on Oct. 19. The play will run Oct. 19-22 with 8 p.m. performances each night, and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. All performances take place in the college’s Performing Arts Theatre located in the Fine Arts Building at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive in Houston, Texas.

Director Cash Carpenter and his cast are likely to have a few tricks in store for the audience as they present this chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and “contained ill will.”

General admission tickets are available for $10 each. Discounted tickets for seniors and Lone Star College students and employees are $5. This performance is not recommended for small children. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 281.765.7963.

The story, written by Shirley Jackson, centers on the learned Dr. Montague, who is conducting research in supernatural phenomena, and his visitors who have come to probe the secrets of the old house and to draw forth the mysterious powers that it is alleged to possess—powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived there in the past.

As they struggle to disguise their mounting fears they are joined by Dr. Montague’s wife and a friend, who have come to Hill House for purposes of their own. They too are absorbed by the supernatural, but their approach is via direct communication with the departed spirits—a type of psychic research which is regarded fearfully by Dr. Montague and which, as subsequent events bear out, brings on a crisis in which the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and, for one of those present, fatal fury.

The LSC-North Harris division of fine arts offers a variety of concerts, theatrical productions, art exhibitions and lectures, workshops and more throughout the year. These events are open to the community, many at no cost.  Visit LoneStar.edu/arts-nharris, for more information and a complete listing of the college’s upcoming fine arts events.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

With more than 75,000 students in credit classes for fall 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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