Check into the Bates Motel

When I was in junior high, my drama teacher scared the heck out of us. 

Llewellyn Jones was not only a gifted teacher and playwright, he was also a film aficionado and felt it incumbent upon him to show us as many film noir classics as possible. 

The most important part of this “education” was to share the work of horror master Alfred Hitchcock. 

So by the age of 14, I had seen them all — Dial M for Murder, Rebecca, Vertigo, Frenzy, The Birds, but the most horrifying was Psycho. 

I don’t think I have ever forgotten the fear I felt the first time I saw Norman Bates, his mother and their crimes. If you know Psycho, I am sure you feel a chill thinking about them, too.

Alfred Hitchcock’s work was also strangely compelling and through the years, I have revisited all the classics many times over and have shared them with my film students and family. 

Psycho remains my favourite. 

This Saturday night our soap opera, As The Sun Burns, presents our own version of Psycho as a fun murder mystery at The Black Box.

Major movie star Janet Leaves (played by guest star Elana Bizovie) is in K-Town and heap of financial trouble.

She wants to start a new life, so she decides to rip off her agent, leaving the precarious life of a starlet behind. After driving through the pouring rain, she comes upon the shabby, mysterious Bates Motel and a beckoning, blinking vacancy sign.

Throughout the night, she will encounter an unusual Halloween party, mother and son, detective team, her agent, sister, creepy clown and, yes, a killer.

Patrons at As The Sun Burns-Bates Motel episode will be invited to guess the killer to win prizes, trick or treat with the soap stars at intermission, get their photos taken at the Haunted Photo booth and stay and dance with DJ Corney at our post-show Monster’s Ball. 

As The Sun Burns stars Joseph Otoo, Brock Gratz, Adam Weaver, Reid Gratz, David Gadd, Victoria Weaver, Hilary Omoe, Sharon Espherson, and yours truly will all be starring in this episode. 

Tickets are just $15 in advance from www.selectyourtickets.com or $25 at the door.

Patrons who dress up will have their names entered to win passes to KFX 2017 and tickets to the upcoming play, Yeti.

Other fun Halloween events happening at New Vintage include:

  • Who’s Line Is It Anyway, Improv Night — Fri. Oct. 21 at 8 p.m,. Studio 100, RCA; Tickets at The Door, $10
  • Adult Actors Coffeehouse — Monday, Oct.24 at 7:30 p.m., Studio 100, RCA; Free
  • Harry Potter-The Cursed Child Part One-Play Reading — Tues. Oct.25 at 6 p.m., Pulp Fiction Coffeehouse; Free
  • Improv Film Night,The Blair Witch Project — Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m, Studio 100, RCA. Tickets, $10
  • Teen Theatre Class-The Haunting Of Hathaway House — Sat. Oct. 29 at 12 pm, Studio 100, RCA; Free
  • Popcorn Playhouse, 101 Dalmatians — Saturday, Oct.29 at 3 p.m., Studio 100; Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for kids

These above events have limited seating, so RSVP to [email protected] to book your seats or for more information.

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About the Author

Bonnie Gratz is an actor, director, and playwright. She is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre, and a member of the Playwright's Guild of Canada and The Literary and Dramaturges of North America. 

For more on Bonnie, check out www.bonnie-gratz.com or check out www.newvintage.ca

Contact Bonnie at:  [email protected]


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