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Tickets are on sale for the second in this season's drama series featuring Theatre on the Ridge in The Haunting of Hill House. The play, directed by guest artist LeElla Ratcliff, will be presented at the Forum Theatre on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30pm.

The original story written by Shirley Jackson was the inspiration for a play (F. Andrew Leslie) and two recent film adaptations. Acording to director Ratcliff, "The audience should not come expecting to see the films on stage featuring wild, humanly impossible special effects that are only possible with film. What the audience will find however, is a made-for-theatre "brain-teaser" and lots of fun visuals and eerie sound effects that enhance the conversations and activities of some very unique characters, all confined to the old mansion of Hill House. In fact, in this mysterious mansion, the hallways talk, the doors breathe, and the house becomes a living breathing character with a script of movements and activities all its own. Every version of htis story has undergone many adaptations, depending upon the medium being used and the desired 'spin' of each particular director. I have done the same thing with this script, adapting it to the cast and the interpretation that i see."

Frank Rogers is the technical director assisted by Mike Qualls, sound technician. The cast for this production are Grant Froman, Jennifer Rogers, Sloan Raney, David Niederbrach, Jenni Lawrence, Brandy Furst, and Trucy Niederbrach.

Director LeElla Ratcliff, a native of LIttle Rock, received her Master's degree in Theatre Arts from Northwestern University in Chicago. From there, her career has included directing and acting both in the United States and in Europe as a theatre specialist for the U.S. government in Germany. She also toured Europe, Isreal, Egypt, the Caribbean and Cuba with the traveling production of "They're Playing Our Song". Some of her favorite rolls have been Chelsea in "On Golden Pond", Olive Madison, in "The Odd Couple", Dr Van Helsing in "Dracula", and Yente-the matchmaker in "Fiddler on the Roof".

The production is sponsored by McNabb, Kelly, and Barre, located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. A reception will be held preceeding the show. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 870-935-2726 or from the Forum located at 115 East Monroe in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Tickets are available Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Tickets are $18 and $15 with some limited view seats available for $8. discoutns are available for subscribers and groups of 20 or more.

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