Trick or treaters won't be the only ghosts or ghouls roaming Vanderburgh County this month. A unique, supernatural musical, "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," combines the talents of famed horror novelist Steven King and Hoosier singer/songwriter John Mellencamp, and is one of the entertainment highlights for October. The southern Gothic musical collaboration is 13 years in the making and is described as "a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge" performed by a cast of 15 actors and a four- piece live group featuring members of Mellencamp's band.
The show - Oct. 17 at The Centre - incorporates many styles, resembling in many ways an old-style radio show. Yet it has a modern style with an interactive use of actors, singers and musicians to move the Ghost Brothers story forward, incorporating a mix of storytelling, music and singing.
The area haunted houses also are opening. Check the calendar for locations and times.
Other theater highlights for the month include Civic Theatre's undertaking of the heart-wrenching musical drama "Les Miserables" and the University of Southern Indiana opening their fall theater season with "Company."
"Les Miserables" runs Oct. 18 through 20, Oct. 25 through 27 and Nov. 1 to 3. It tells the story of Jean Valjean who has been released from 19 years of imprisonment. He hopes to start a new life looking for redemption from past sins, but is relentlessly pursued by Javert, a police inspector who can't believe Valjean has changed his ways.
"Company," with music and lyrics by famed composer Stephen Sondheim, will run Oct. 4 to 6 and Oct. 15 to 18. It is directed by Eric Altheide, assistant professor of theater at USI and has a cast of USI students. The show tells the story of Bobby, a single man unable to commit who does his best to grow by evaluating the relationships of five married couples, also his closest friends. The musical tells the story of the joys and struggles of marriage through Bobby's observations.
The month is packed with musical acts ranging from tributes to the Beatles and Elvis, and popular country acts Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry.
"1964.. The Tribute," a Beatles tribute show, is Friday at the Victory; Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry will play Oct. 12 at The Ford Center; country performer Don Williams plays Oct. 17 at The Victory; Elvis Lives tribute concert is Oct. 19 at The Centre; Christian rock band Third Day plays The Centre Oct. 20; and classic country musician Merle Haggard performs Oct. 29 at The Centre.
Brown Bag Performances at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana's Bower-Suhrheinrich gallery are free on Wednesdays at noon and feature the Eykamp String Quartet on Wednesday; Shadetree Players Oct. 16; Newburgh Dance Academy/Sean Holleran Oct. 23; and Douglas Reed Oct. 30. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch.
Other entertainment offerings in October include The Bob and Tom Comedy Show at The Victory Saturday, The Price is Right stage show at The Victory Oct. 26 and Disney Live! presents "Three Classic Fairy Tales" at The Centre Oct. 27.
But October wouldn't be complete without the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. In its 92nd year, the festival is most known for its nutty and notoriously unhealthy food offerings. With 135 nonprofit organizations represented by food trailers, the festival lines up and down four blocks of Franklin Street from Oct. 7 to 12.
Besides the chance to gorge yourself on one of 28 deep fried options, 14 fried offerings or 335 other food choices, there will be entertainment throughout the festival. Amateur hour will be at 8 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 7:15 p.m. Thursday on the main stage. There are a variety of categories and divisions. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, there will be the Best Voice Contest, which requires no advance registration and is free.
There will be entertainment Wednesday through Friday both from 5 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. Three parades are planned: the traditional Lighthouse Parade at 7 p.m. Monday, pet parade at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 and the main parade at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12.
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